We had the good fortune of connecting with Tam Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tam, how do you think about risk?
I think about risk being an action such as a leap of faith. Sometimes I can get curious and get an intuitive thought. All it takes is willingness to try and do something different or the opposite of my “usual”. Through risk, I find out more about myself, my limits, and my endurance. I see risk as being something proactive. Risk has truly helped me in my career by helping me truly trust myself first and leaving the outcome to something greater than me. No risk, no reward. Every time I take a risk, I am never disappointed. Scared, but have never regretted it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Hmmmm.. Well, I am a storyteller. My storytelling has many avenues. Whether it’s a co-star on a TV show, a reading from a play, selling a product on a commercial or even being your quirky queer friend drinking some new sparkling water for a print ad, I’m very much me. I think what sets me apart is just that. I am me and no one else. It has been a journey though! As a human being first, and an artist second, I am forever changing and evolving. It’s also a daily practice to show up as myself every single day. It can be difficult especially in an industry that pushes for perfectionism and expectations. I personally can go so easily into compare and despair and not enough-ness. The antidote for that for me has been practicing self acceptance. I also have a community around me where I feel safe and seen and can vent too. I share my fears and doubts that way I don’t hold it in. I also make sure I keep my craft sharp. I am in class weekly on zoom with my acting teacher finding new ways to tell stories through my own experience while also getting support from other fellow actors that are striving to do the same. I want the world to know that my story is still being written and it is a journey of self love and acceptance. A little more each day, I am becoming the person I have always been underneath it all. So stay tuned.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d take them on a Hike – obviously. Very LA to hike. Specifically this hiking trail in Griffith park near the Old Zoo that my partner and I always take. It has an amazing view of the city. We would either eat somewhere on Sunset Blvd in Silver lake. I’ve only been living in LA since December but I do love Night + Market Song and Kombu Suhsi. Asian cuisine is my favorite. Echo park isn’t fair as well. I’d take them to do some touristy thing like ride the Swans. I did that my first time here and it was very nostalgic.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give credit to my community. Folks who have gone through the trenches with me when it comes to uncovering, discarding and discovering ones self. My family who never stopped believing in me. My partner who has been my number one supporter and inspiration. AND SHOUTOUT To Julia Cameron and her book, “The Artist’s Way.”

Website: www.tamyoung.com

Instagram: @yam_toung

Twitter: @tleey

Image Credits
Evan Robinson Michael Quiet

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