We had the good fortune of connecting with William Hung and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi William, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I see risk as potential new opportunities. When I auditioned for American Idol back in 2004, it was one of the biggest risks I took because I had no professional training for singing or dancing! But I was able to turn negative into positive. Same thing for other endeavors, like video games, trivia competitions, and poker. I am willing to try new things and I am determined to create the life I want, not what other people tell me I should do.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I create video shoutouts on Cameo to brighten people’s day during the pandemic. The videos are typically only 30-60 seconds long by combining motivational message and singing. I thought it’s not a big deal to me when I first started creating these videos in the beginning of this year (2020). But it turned out to be a big deal, especially for people who are struggling emotionally and financially during the pandemic. I did not expect to receive over 100 requests a week! I am so grateful for one of my friends that introduced me to this platform. I would say it was not easy to get to this point. I evolved from singing and performing from my American Idol audition in 2004 to become a motivational speaker. From that experience, I believe everyone has a right to try something new without being judged or ridiculed. Live life in your own terms and live how you want. It’s important to ignore most of the naysayers and trust your intuition.
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 take them to the garden in the Huntington Park Library, Los Angeles County Arboretum, and parks. We will have vegan meals together and relax. We will meditate and breathe fresh air. After the coronavirus pandemic gets better with the vaccines, we can also go play poker together at local card rooms!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Jacquelynn Peterson from Joyful Living Mindset. She is one of the rare friends and mentor who encourage me to create the life I want, but also push me to become the best version of myself every day. She wants me to live my life with joy and purpose.