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

Hi Vivian, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is important in our lives. If we want to fight against the status quo, usually it would mean getting out of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith. For me, if I didn’t take the risk to go after my passion – acting, which involves investing a huge sum of money into my acting education and also quitting my job and moving to Los Angeles, I would probably be spending my life behind a desk with maybe a 9 to 5 job. Not that it’s a bad thing if I were going after stability and money, but the creative and passionate side of me would be screaming to be liberated. I would always be left wondering “what ifs”. I remembered before I made my move to LA, I would sit in the dark in the middle of the night wondering what is the point of my existence and feeling really depressed and deprived because I wasn’t going after what I love! One of my acting teachers said that your should never make decisions out of fear. I think it was the best advice! I’m not scared of failures, I am more scared of being regretful not following my heart. Taking risks is also extremely important in acting. All of my acting teachers always tell us to make the most dangerous and risky choice as it makes our performance more interesting and memorable. It’s easier said than done. Most of us are accustomed to playing things safe, trying to be perfect and not make mistakes, acting is all about taking risks, not trying to be perfect, making mistakes and having fun!

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’ve been told that I am super malleable. I can be anything and everything; I’ve played as a mother, the girlfriend, the sweet/friendly girl next door, the crazy girl next door, an intelligent nerd, a ditz, a gold-digger, a ghost, gangster, police officer, etc… This malleable quality can work in my favour as an actor but also against me at times because it all depends on how I carry myself and my makeup. My most unique point is that I can speak 6 different languages; English and Mandarin Chinese fluently, and conversationally in Japanese, Cantonese, Korean and some French. I have also lived in various places too allowing me to embody various cultures into my character easily and more authentically. Pursuing my acting career is definitely not a smooth and easy journey. The first obstacle I encountered was my parent’s objection as they believe acting should be a hobby and this industry is too complicated and financially, unstable. The only way to overcome the challenges is to believe in yourself regardless and not take things personally. I have learned to do my best at the audition, beat myself up while driving home and then let it go completely as soon as I get home. I don’t let successful bookings go to my head, and I don’t let rejections affect my mood. I also believe it is important for me as an actor to stay curious and constantly learn about new things. Lastly, I am a part of a few non-profit organizations such as Best Friends Animal Society, PETA, Network for Animals, ASPCA etc so I give back to those in need and striving to be a better person than I was yesterday.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
These are my must sees & must dos/gos in LA: Places: – Griffith Park and the Observatory, Hollywood Sign Hiking Trail, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Walk of Fame / Egyptian Theatre & Chinese Theatre, Santa Monica & Venice Beaches, Arts District in downtown LA. Taking the studio tours is a lot of fun too. Besides Disneys which may take more than a day, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, and Sony Pictures are a good choice for a fun 1-day excursion. Knott’s Berry Farm is a great place to visit for Snoopy lovers. Cabazon Outlets is one of my favourite outlets; it is California’s largest luxury outlet with 180+ stores. Temecula’s Wine Country is also worth going as well. As for dining, Musso & Frank Grill (Hollywood’s finest cuisine since 1919), Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine on Sunset Boulevard, Pink’s Hot Dog (a Hollywood landmark since 1939), Little Tokyo for authentic Japanese food, K-town for authentic Korean food, Alhambra & San Gabriel for authentic Chinese food. If I were to recommend the best time to come to LA, I would say mid January to February right before Oscars, because you will be able to see the construction of the event and get your pictures taken with the Oscars statues!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thank you & Shoutout to Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre – Los Angeles, all of my acting teachers including but not limited to: Tim McNeil, Chris Thornton, Milton Justice, Tim Craig, Bruce Katzman, Christina Thurmond, Richard Hatch, Robert Sprayberry, Laura Leyva, Heidi Yudis, Chen Chia-sui, Stacy Edwards, Chase Fein, Paola Grande, Annie Chang. All of my amazing friends including but not limited to: Teo Celigo, Yohan Lee, Yun Jeong, Alex Simon, Jessie Tang, Lisa Jai, Stephanie Hung-Park, Vince Yap, Willis Chung, Michelle Sun, Alex Chen, Phil Kruse, Heather Qi, Delia Chan. Great mentors including but not limited to: Diana Weng, Stuart Yee. The wonderful and talented directors that gave me a chance to act in their films including but not limited to: Kyungsok Kim, Niko Ren, Nancy Rosales, Tony Oros, Tiffany Chai. The hardworking and marvellous crews including but not limited to: David Woo, Eiko Watanabe, Eric Rixzardini, Anton Shavlik, Hakyung Kim. Lastly, my agent: David Firestone and my family!

Website: http://vivianahn.com

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Image Credits
David Woo, Yun Jeong (Studio Atoz), Bea Strobl, Sarah Norton, Margaret Kimura-Heymann

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