We had the good fortune of connecting with Mi Kwan Lock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mi Kwan, what do you want your legacy to be?
I’d love to remembered as the girl who came from Madagascar, made it in Hollywood and became an inspiring model of confidence, courage, someone who never gave up her dreams and proved it was possible despite the obstacles. A “success” story only exists if the person went through struggle in the past and always rose up again and again. I hope my work & my messages will inspire younger generations to keep honing their craft, exploring their emotional life, always push themselves to become the greatest version of themselves and use their art to impact lives. I want to be remembered as someone who dedicated her life into making the world a better place.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Female lead in 6 international feature films, I’m grateful for all the wonderful critics about my performances and for having been honored by the “UP(st)ART Artist of the Year Award 2018” only a year after moving to Los Angeles (UP(st)ART is a community of over 1000 artists coming from around the world). My 1st short film as a director “Red Karma” was shot in Paris, France and is about love, redemption and also discrimination. We won the “Best Cinematography Award” at the Independent Cinema Showcase (fall 2019) and “Best French film Award” at the Hollywood Art & Films Awards 2020. I’m thankful for having met wonderful people and having been part of amazing projects, shorts, proofs of concept, TV shows, music videos… Getting where I am today was not easy and even if it was really hard sometimes, I always knew I was meant to become who I am now and who I will become in the next future. I truly believe that everything in life happens for a reason, for me to learn something, grow, become a better person, a better artist and it made me stronger. I always say “Never give up!”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When you come to Los Angeles, though it’s super touristic, the Walk of Fame and the TLC Chinese Theater are a must see to see the hand-prints & footprints of Hollywood icons. Visiting studios is really fun and exciting. As a big fan of the movie LAlaland, we’d go to the Griffith Observatory. One of my favorite place in Los Angeles is Van Leeuwen as they have delicious vegan ice creams, my top one is pistachio! Working out is part of the LA lifestyle so we’d go to the gym to burn that ice cream calories, then have a cold pressed juice to regenerate our cells and boost our energy. Having a spa day with swimming pool would be a wonderful treat. Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier are ALSO must see places. The vibes are very different between those two cities and it’s always entertaining to walk or rent a bike from Venice Beach to Santa Monica. Gracias Madre is one of the best “Mexican-vegan” restaurant I’ve been to so far. LA is definitely the perfect place when you’re vegan! So much choice! I also really love going to Thaï town to enjoy a yellow curry. For dessert, we’d go to Flore Vegan in Silverlake, they have so many delicious vegan cakes and pastries. And as we’ll be eating a lot, some extra sessions at the gym will be a must! LOL Once a month I volunteer for a food distribution tour with Burrito Project LA. We first prepare plant-based burritos and then give them (with water or any other donation we got) to homeless in DTLA. If my friend would come on that week, I’d love to invite them to join me if they want to.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Jake Ducey, Tony Robbins & Dean Graziosi are 3 amazing motivational speakers who continuously inspire me to impact lives, help me grow spiritually and give me the strength to never give up.
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