I was born and raised in Jinan, Shandong, China. Growing up, I have always been very chatty and extraverted, so my mom sent me to learn Yangqin, a traditional Chinese instrument, to be more patient and artistic. I started learning English when I was two, so I am fluent in Chinese and English.
In 2016, I started my college life at Loyola Marymount University. Because of my passion and curiosity in arts and live performance, I became a Theatre Arts major and minored in Film, Television, and Media Study. During my time at LMU, I explored all kinds of possibilities as much as possible. I took a wide range of courses, from Media Study to Marketing. I never limit myself from learning new knowledge. In the Theatre Department, I got to know every aspect of theatre. I learned how to act, design, and manage. In my junior year, a stage management class triggered my interest in stage management and led me to my later path to CalArts. In 2019, I stage-managed Haunting of Hannon 2019, an annual Halloween event that happened in our LMU library. I coordinated the auditions and all the rehearsals and managed 30 actors and crew members. I also supervised the who event to make sure everything went well. The show was successful, and that was my best and the last present to LMU.
After graduating from LMU, I went to California Institute of the Arts to get more education on Stage Management. During my time there, I learned how to be a good stage manager and managed two productions. Everything shifted to online because of the pandemic, which made me a ZOOM expert! My stage manager experience made me a more organized and detail-oriented person. Working with different teams and people enhanced my communication and people skills and made me more confident in expressing myself.
In December 2020, I started a digital media and advertising internship at Chihuo Inc, a Chinese food culture and lifestyle company in Los Angeles. My main task was to write posts about food, drink, and restaurant, and I had lots of fun adding my creativity to the posts and brainstorming with my co-workers for advertisements. I knew it was time for me to start a path, so I transferred to USC and started my life as a PR & Advertising student.
I appreciate every step I take. I am glad that I took so many different classes in college and explored possibilities. I am glad that I used to study at one of the best art schools because I have met so many wonderful artists and learned from them. I’ve tried acting and stage managing, so I know how to understand others and communicate with teammates. I am confident now because I know that every experience of mine is precious, and they made me who I am today. I feel proud that I am always willing to challenge, try, and take action. I am enjoying my journey, and I hope you can enjoy yours.