We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannie May and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think “risk” is a tricky word. In the process of deciding whether or not to do something that comes with potential risks, I used to tend to think about what I might lose after I fail. I think the word tends to trick many of us into wanting to stay in a safe zone and avoid the “dangers” outside of that zone. But I’ve come to a realization that not taking any steps forward does not mean safe and no loss at all. The losses from not taking enough risks and catching opportunities weigh more sometimes.
My career and daily life as an Actress happen to be all about taking the “risk”. New opportunities often come with new risks. So it is a necessity for me to always step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself in different ways. I believe that every actor has to face these risks consistently. I often feel the job is bonded with so many aspects of my life that it becomes hard to separate them. If I don’t take any risks, I would never know the potential.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Acting is really personal because every individual and their experiences are just so different. To me, I really enjoy putting my own thinking and feelings into every character I have had the chance to play. It brings me so much excitement to have this way of experiencing so many different stories and personalities. So I’m really grateful for every project I have done since they each represent such different content. The pandemic has inspired me to star in a new web-series called “CAtalyst”, which narrates a traumatic story by mainly using self shoots and pieces from my previous BTSs. Due to many restrictions and technical difficulties during the quarantine time months ago, I was eventually able to shoot the first 3 episodes of this series in this unusual way. Lately, when I volunteered with the Young Storytellers organization to help young creators at local elementary schools bring their original scripts to life via virtual shows, I got so much inspiration from those young students who narrate their stories in unique perspectives. I really love how my career is bonded with life experiences so there’s never a limit on top.
Regarding the challenges, there were definitely plenty and always will be new ones. But I’m glad I overcame them with passion. The techniques I got from professional acting training have also helped me along the way. One of the lessons I’ve learned though is never doubt yourself. The magic of reaching your dreams and goals is definitely in your own hands. Three years ago I would never have imagined myself where I am today doing what I truly love.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first stop I would personally recommend is the observatory station at Griffith park. I know a lot of people who live outside of L.A. see here through the movie lens. To me, I watched the movie Lala Land right before my flight to L.A. so I was really desperate to visit the observatory. The night view from there absolutely made me fall in love. I’m also a big fan of food because I’m a Taurus. I have so many beloved local restaurants from my list. Lately I’m really in love with Californian cuisine from Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. Their hilltop view for dinner is also stunning.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family plays such a big role in all my life stages, directly and indirectly. I gained most of my strengths from their support and even from their doubts occasionally. As stubborn as I am, I just have to try hard to prove to them sometimes, which actually pushes me forward in a way.
2. by Zammarroo Photography. Makeup: Kelly Huang 4. Film still from CAtalyst Production 5. Film still by Aryan Gupta – “Superman”