We had the good fortune of connecting with Missai (Nancy) Madrid (Vuong) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Missai (Nancy), we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is scary as hell! However, without taking any risks or that small/ big jump, you won’t be able to grow as a person. You need those certain hurdles to continue to grow. One risk I took was starting to join the modeling world and OnlyFans. Putting myself out there and some parts of life, you’ve out to have thick skin for that. I was afraid of how my family would react, mind you- they are Vietnamese immigrant who have super different morals, ethics, and ways they feel about things. I definitely took a big risk with family, friends, and the public. Definitely was afraid of the judgement and how people would see me and if they would see me differently. But I am certainly glad I took the risk.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am in LOVE with art. I love painting, modeling, blogging, needle felting, molding clay, dancing, Polynesian and dancing. Overall, I just enjoy entertaining and any kinds of art I can share to the world. Honesty, I am very proud of how far I have come and excited for this interview. First I started off modeling and posting on instagram, slowly my following grew (it is not much but the part I love most is just presenting it). Later on, I moved to Dallas, TX and joined the group, this helped me branch out more and network. It definitely was not easy. I am diagnosed with BPD, Bipolar Type 2, Major Psychotic Depression, Major Anxiety and PTSD. It’s really hard to overcome because of my manic episode and depression episodes- my life and schedule is chaotic. I often times even forget weeks or months and do not even remember who I was then and what I did (which is very terrifying). I am definitely still in the process of overcoming this, because people do not want to work with someone who is like this, someone like me. I’ve learned A LOT of lessons throughout life. In terms of modeling, if you are told no to bring a friend to the shoot- immediate red flag! In general, another lesson would to be not too trusting or rely on someone too much. People are usually never who they say they are and the next thing you know, you’re in a terrifying situation wondering how you even got there and how to get out. What I am trying to boil it down to is, be safe, and especially if you want to get into the entertainment business. I had a close friend, who’s name I won’t reveal, but she had passed away recently by suicide. I am currently trying to start an apparel business to help raise funds and donations for people who have mental issues or maybe who are in the LGBTQ+ community who do not have anywhere or anyone to go to (as I have also been homeless at one point during COVID). I just really want to help others and hope this world becomes less judge mental and be kinder to people.
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?
I would go to the beach, Huntington Beach specifically, spend a whole day there in the sand and water then as the sun sets- hit the stores as the lights, bars, and restaurants have the best ambiance. I often went to the bonfire pit areas with my bestfriend and joined random groups, making friends! Those were the times, man. Then go to LA, hang around Hollywood and Little Tokyo. Have some Korean BBQ and drink a bit. I also love San Diego, the beach there is amazing, the people are friendly, it is super chill. I love it. Sometimes I love going alone to places and just have me time, myself and the environment.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Honestly, I did not have much of a support system growing up and especially with the direction in life I chose. Although, I would love to shoutout Tommy Del Riot for being my first photographer, based in LA. I am and will always be grateful to him for introducing me into it. I am also grateful to this modeling and photography group based in DFW, met a lot of kind people and helped me network more. Within this group, shout out the @talmholt on Instagram. He is such a wonderful and caring man. Definitely one of my mentors, same as @tommydelriot_. Another one would be an author, I have yet to meet. But Amanda Lovelace’s poem, “to drink coffee with a ghost” had a huge impact on me. I related to it so much that I cry reading it every time and I’ve read it at least 10 times by now. She had gone through so much just like everyone else, including myself and she writes these beautiful pieces that taught me more to not depend your happiness on the future you wished for yourself. Mine was to be with my family, live happily together and unconditionally love each other. But of course, we all grow up and apart. I had depended my happiness and tried to please them my whole life and lost myself on the way. After re-reading her poem, it finally clicked that I have to live for me and do whatever it takes to get to where I want to be.
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