Something that helps me in keeping present and grounded within my mind and body, is going outside every day for at least an hour. It allows me to unplug from whatever I've got going on and I get to fill my lungs with fresh air. By prioritizing time in my day to play (ex: walk, run, skate, bike) outside, I can be every inch of human-simply-BEING that I am. It is time set aside to connect with my breath and celebrate my body for its ability to carry me into whatever this life throws.
Cre8sian Project Scholarship Winner Ella Mariano has been busy this year! Currently she has been working hard on her studies, especially the college level classes, keeping up with chamber and show choir, and focusing on maintaining good mental health. This past winter she also participated in Positively Arts’s Home for the Holidays Spectacular as well as making a video for an Advent Calendar of Holiday Cheer for a young student battling cancer. She’s also working on original music to potentially be released this year! In addition to all of this, The Cre8sian Project is sponsoring vocal lessons for her with Phantom of the Opera Broadway cast member Satomi Hofmann! Keep your eyes open for this #AmazingAsianInTheArts as she continues to reach for the stars!
Bri Ng Schwartz is a facilitator and curator of artistic community engagement programming based in Brooklyn, NY. She is passionate about creating programs, performances and digital spaces for and by intersectional communities, working with groups such as the National Queer Theater, New York Theater Workshop and Theater Communications Group. Her future goals include getting a PhD in Performance Studies and teaching university-level classes in Applied Theater. Read on to learn more about Bri and what makes her an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
Today’s self care tip is from Patranya Bhoolsuwan!
I have to admit, I am one of those people where "self care" is not something I put at the top of my "to do" list. And trust me, I always have a "to do" list. But with this pandemic and a career change happening at the same time, it forced me to stop and think about how much my life & health really go hand in hand.
Determin8sian Scholarship winner Brianna Gracia has been busy with rehearsals for Shrek the Musical at Seedling Theatre Company where she landed the role of Pinocchio and is part of Seedling’s Showcase Cast! She also just completed a 4-week course in Beginning Voiceover Acting at The Voice Actors Studio. At Coronado High School , where Brianna is a freshman, she recently got cast in the play “Clue.” During her free time, Brianna enjoys writing and graphic arts. Keep your eyes open for this rising #AmazingAsianintheArts as she continues to reach for the stars!
Karla Garcia is an actor based in Oxon Hill, MD! She has performed on Broadway in Hot Feet and Hamilton, performing in the 2016 Tonys with the original cast of Hamilton! She was also in the NBC TV show Smash and is currently choreographing a new musical called Other World. Keep reading to find out more about what makes Karla an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
Today we start our new Self Care Series! With so much going on in the world it’s easy to feel like you’re struggling alone. But the truth is you are not alone! Everyone struggles whether you can see it or not. This series is designed to show how even the most successful people still have to deal with life and find ways to self care. We hope that you will discover something from them that can help you!
Self care is an important part of life, and with so many things in the world disconnecting us we want to reach out and let you know that you are seen, you are heard, and you are not alone in your struggles.
Next month we will be putting out a series of self care tips and practices from some of our Amazing Asians in the Arts. We hope that you can find something that helps you stay sane and focused, and realize that we are ALL going through the same daily struggles.
Joanna Sotomura is a TV/Film actor based in Los Angeles! She has been in Major TV series like Hawaii 5-0 and Criminal Minds, has a recurring guest role on a series called Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye, and appeared in the Emmy Award winning film Emma Approved! Keep reading to find out more about what makes Joanna an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
Carol Angeli is an actor/singer/dancer based in Bloomfield, NJ ! She has been in a total of 6 iterations of Miss Saigon (including the latest Broadway revival), Here Lies Love, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and various National tours and regional productions! In addition to her performing career, Carol is also studying to become a nurse! Keep reading to find out more about what makes Carol an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
Kathleen Choe is an actor and writer based in New York City! She comes from a background in film production before transitioning into acting. Her work spans the stage and screen, as well as voice over work for audio books! Keep reading to find out more about what makes Kathleen an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
Rebecca lee Lerman is an actor, singer, dancer, and writer based in New York City! She is also a staff writer for Hapamag, an online magazine for mixed race Asian, and wrote an original musical called Her Hotel which won Jury Selection Best Production at the Women’s Theatre (Virtual) Fringe Festival this summer! Keep reading to find out more about what makes Rebecca an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
Lauren Lola is a writer based in the Bay Area! She is both an author and a writer for stage and screen. One of her screenplays, “Breath of Writing” was produced earlier this year in collaboration with Asiatic Productions! She also wrote and published two novels, the first of which was released while she was still in college! Keep reading to find out more about what makes Lauren an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
Emily Kuroda is an actor, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles!! Since her humble beginnings at East West Players, she has run the gamut from stage to screen, acting in TV shows like “Gilmore Girls” and “The Good Doctor” to new works like “Endlings,” a play about the henyos in Korea, which she had performed in Boston right before the shutdown this year. Keep reading to find out more about what makes Emily an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
Angela Chan is a multi-instrumentalist based in Leeds, United Kingdom! Angela has toured internationally with various bands, and one of her bands, Cosmos, just released their debut album “Dream Harder!” Her musical prowess has spanned from classical to circus rave bands to theatre, film, and art installations! In addition, one of her bands, Lanterns on the Lake, has been shortlisted for a Mercury Prize! Keep reading to find out what makes Angela an Amazing Asian in the Arts!