We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Tseng Werber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued my artistic career basically because I had to in order to stay emotionally healthy . Coming from a traditional Asian family , academics and financial security were gold. So I tried various office jobs and desk jobs . I did horrible on my GRE’s, but I applied to a handful of grad schools anyway. I was miserable. To say I was depressed sitting behind a desk and crunching numbers , is an understatement. Once I took the plunge and trusted I could pay my bills as an artist , is when I could finally smile again.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been a professional musical theatre and burlesque Dancer for over a decade. I’ve loved every show and production that has came my way , however I noticed a lack of diversity. Especially for Asian American performers. I had heard of all Asian burlesque shows being produced in NYC and San Francisco. So I figured why not introduce this concept to LA/OC? We have such a huge Asian population , so why not ? I had a hunch Asians and non Asians would enjoy a throwback night similar to the old Hollywood variety shows that featured dancers, singers, magic , comics and more. My hunch was right!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Wow! As an LA native I can tell you all the ins and outs ! I’d start by giving my pal a little cultural experience for lunch ! Each day would be a different cuisine! Monterey Park / Arcadia for Chinese! Little Tokyo for sushi! Overa Street for Mexican! Little Ethiopia for Ethiopian! K Town for Korean BBQ! South Central for soul food! Pico and Robertson for kosher! The cuisines are endless! Another interesting thing I love to do is people watch… at the malls! Interesting to watch the different demographics that shop in Los Angeles. From touristy Rodeo Drive to bargain hunters in Santee Ally , and to the trendy And fashionable who frequent Century City !
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
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