We had the good fortune of connecting with Viveca Chow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Viveca, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the most important factor behind my success is that I have found my “why.” When you know why you do what you do and what impact you hope to have on the world – it makes aligning with your potential collaborators and projects a lot more seamless. I hope to heal and empower the world through my creative endeavors.
I also think the amount of energy I have catered towards my mental health and personal development has been of utmost importance. I think growing up in a competitive city as well as a conservatory program, I subconsciously learned things that didn’t quite serve me. In fact, a lot of those things were very toxic. Throughout the years, it’s been so empowering to come to the realisation that being an artist is a state of mind, not a reflection of my achievements or lack thereof. The latter is something I wish to have unlearned faster when I first started out. I have found that the relationship I have with myself has been crucial to my successes.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started theatre when I was 9 and ever since I was in my first musical, my dream was to be on Broadway. 13 years later, that dream came true and I became the first born and raised Hong Konger to make a debut in a musical on Broadway. From there, I have also discovered a passion for on-camera work. I have worked with brands such as YSL, Buzzfeed, Kiehl’s, Ferragamo, Macy’s and many more, as well as made my Netflix debut earlier on in the year.
The journey definitely had its ups and downs. I feel very fortunate that I have had such wonderful and life-changing experiences thus far. However, the thing I struggle the most with is comparison and driving myself crazy over scarcity mindset. As I mentioned earlier, it’s a lot of mindset work when you’re in this business for the long haul. Mindfulness is extremely important in the first step to healing and ridding those toxic thought patterns.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is that no one’s journey will ever look the same. Everyone has a different path, a different timeline. Someone else’s success is NOT your failure.
Ever since the pandemic started, I have pivoted my talents towards performance on my social media. Currently, through these videos, I am helping small businesses go viral and help them stay afloat during these trying times. It feels amazing to be giving back to the world in whatever way I can.
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.
Wow this is so fun! So I am a HUGE foodie. My Tiktok actually recently blew up because of this. I literally make videos about the best NYC hidden gems/spots. This would be my itinerary (in no particular order) for you:
1) Spots to EAT: Kam Hing Bakery ($1 spongecakes), Mei Lai Wah ($1.35 pork buns fresh out of the oven), Cha Chan Teng (Hong Kong style food), Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea, Danji, Fumo, Nomo Kitchen, ROKC, Seasoned Vegan, Take 31, Gan Hoo BBQ, Noz Market for their Japanese Flavoured Ice Creams!
2) Sights to SEE: The Edge, Conservatory Garden, Stroll/bike through Central Park, The Whitney Museum, MOMA, The MET Museum, Walk around Soho, Awoke Vintage (vintage shopping), Brooklyn Bridge, Pier 17
3) Favourite spots to grab a coffee: Cup & Cup, Remi, Bibble & Sip
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents, who are in Hong Kong. As well as everyone who is tirelessly fighting for what they believe in to make the world a better place.
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