Melody Butiu is that type of actor that you see so many times that you stop and say, “I KNOW her! What did I see her in??? I swear, I know her!!!” In addition to playing many roles on television from court reporter to nanny to doctor to E.R. nurse; she is also a theatre actress who originated the role of Jennifer Marcus in the premiere of “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow“, played to standing ovations at San Diego Rep’s “Long Story Short”, and will be playing ‘Desiree’ in East West Player’s upcoming “A Little Night Music”. As a SAF, she shares a little about one of her old day jobs which deals with lovelorn people and her own search for love.
“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”—Carl Jung
I work for a matchmaking company and I talk about love all the live-long day. It’s not as warm and fuzzy as you might expect, because in talking to people about love, we also talk about fears, failed relationships, regrets, resistance, and doubt. People believe that once they find that special someone, their life will be complete. They want to find that part of their life that’s missing.
I value quality relationships. I love my man with everything that I am. So I don’t begrudge others trying to find love, and I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with asking for help. I just encourage people to look within while they’re on this journey. If you have a string of horrible and failed relationships, you are the common denominator in those relationships, so what can you do to create change? If you only come across “losers,” people you wouldn’t give the time of day to, how do expect anyone else to give you their time and attention? Do you want to feel special and honored? How often do you make others feel special and honored, regardless of whether or not they are date-worthy? What you put out is what you get back, so what are you putting out there?
Who the heck wants to date a mean girl? Like, really. Read more...
Diane Tuet is a SAF living in Northern California and making her living as a photographer, artist, Chinese herb specialist, and Food Network follower. She is the quintessential SAF Seeking ‘True Love’. (Other SAFs look for career highs, physical achievements, a really good hairdresser… it all adds up to a certain happiness… but I digress.) Nonetheless, while going through one of her first bad break ups, one of her great lessons of love came from her Chinese mother who came to stay one night with her to help her cope. She wanted to share the lesson with other SAFs, just in case it might mean something to them.
Beds... where the truth comes out.
In the midst of despair, you wonder how you forget all the important stuff your parents tell you.
I awoke from a surreal dream/nightmare to find my mother had fallen asleep next to me. Just a little bit before, she had told me this story in hopes of comforting me from my broken heart.
Mommy always said, “you don’t get to marry the one you love.” Read more...
Tucson, Arizona native Dave Boyle made his feature debut in 2006 with Big Dreams Little Tokyo. He followed up with White on Rice, which was released in theaters in 2009. In 2010, he began a multi-film collaboration with musician Goh Nakamura. The first two films in the series, Surrogate Valentine and Daylight Savings premiered at the 2011 and 2012 SXSW film festivals respectively.
It’s a word you usually associate with faceless corporations. In the movie world, a “franchise” is a cash cow: Twilight, Iron Man, and budding franchise The Hunger Games all come to mind.
But what about sequels that aren’t made as a blatant cash grab? What if the creative team just felt like they had a really great thing going, and that the story wasn’t over? Read more...
Eugene Ahn really did go to law school, and quit his job as a practicing lawyer to become a rapper. He makes geeky hip hop under the alias Adam WarRock. No, it doesn’t suck.
“What do your parents think?!”
It’s been about two years since I quit my job as a lawyer to be an indie rapper, and I still get that question more than any other. To have that answer make sense, let me establish a few things about myself: Read more...
Brian Watanabe wrote THE ROGUES GALLERY, which turned into the oddball cult film OPERATION: ENDGAME starring Rob Corddry, Maggie Q, and Zack Galifianakis. He’s developed scripts for production companies at Fox and Sony, is an award winning advertising copywriter, and doesn’t live in his mom’s basement, despite previously writing about Star Trek,Star Wars and film nerds.
That was my first thought when someone, long ago, insisted I watch THE PRINCESS BRIDE. I mean, really? For a prepubescent boy, there was nothing remotely interesting about that title. Princesses? Brides? Pass.
Inconceivable cast reunion interview & photos from Entertainment Weekly
And I wasn’t alone. Back in the day, when I was a summer fun group leader, they popped in THE PRINCESS BRIDE VHS during movie-time for our 5th & 6th graders. One of the more precocious girls walked up to me with that sassy, 6th grader attitude and asked, “What is this?” I guess she didn’t like the title either. Read more...
A native New Yorker, Colleen, aka Kurlykolly is a loyal reader of YOMYOMF. She is also a fan of future Oscar winner, Sung Kang. Last year, she attended the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival with YOMYOMF, which was the highlight of her entire life (Colleen was one of the winners of our twitter contest). She currently resides in South Korea teaching English to little kiddies. When she is not working for “the Man”, she spends most of her time obsessing about all things Korean. Oh yeah, she is not Yellow, she is Black.
I am writing this guest blog while drinking a bottle of soju in Daegu, Korea. (I’ve just discovered it tastes great with mango juice.) A few years ago, I became obsessed with all things Korean. I’m in love with Korean food, dramas, and music. I cannot speak Korean well so I decided that I would immerse myself in the language completely and move to the “motherland.” This way I can understand So Ji Sub clearly when he confesses his love for me. One week of vacation in Seoul just wouldn’t do, so last January, I made a New Year’s resolution: move to South Korea.
After months of interviews and rejection letters (see the letter below), I left for South Korea in October to become an ESL teacher. Naturally my family was supportive. My father: “Which part of Korea? I can’t bail you out of jail in North Korea.” My mother: “You’re going to end up in a prison camp!” My sister: “God, you really want an Asian man that bad?” Yes. Read more...
Corey Miller has been interested in the entertainment business since he was a child, much to his mother’s (and often his own) chagrin. After holding an ungodly number of Production Assistant, Production Coordinator and then Writer’s Assistant positions, he got hired as the Assistant to the Show Runner on the television show “CSI.” After impressing his boss (i.e., bugging her until she relented), he got the chance to write a freelance episode. Later hired as a Staff Writer on “CSI: Miami,” he eventually rose the ranks to Supervising Producer. His other writing credits include the indie film “Border To Border” and episodes of the series “The Forgotten” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and he sold a spec pilot to The Peter Chernin Company and Fox. He is currently a Writer and Co-Executive Producer on the series “Body of Proof,” which airs Tuesday nights (10/9c) on ABC. Corey is not ashamed to admit that he is an L.A. native. You can follow him on twitter at @toomuchfire. Here, he shares what it’s like inside the writers’ room of a network TV drama.
Everything you need to survive the writers' room.
Pretty much every writer can attest to the fact that the blank page is one of the scariest visions that they face on a regular basis — the harsh, bright-white beacon of their presumed failure, since most assuredly, THIS time the page will remain wordless.
Now picture a conference room bathed in fluorescent light, its walls covered with huge, white dry erase boards, with nary a word on them. Add a group of screenwriters to the mix, and that fear is compounded, with interest. They gaze up at the blank walls and then each other, all thinking the same thing: “You mean, we have to come up with an idea that will sustain a full episode of television? Craft a plot, and character arcs, and have the suspense gradually and realistically build in every act, leading to every commercial break? Oh, and it needs to entertain millions of people, especially in the 18-49 demographic? And we have to justify spending millions of dollars of our employer’s money?” Read more...
“Everything I learned, I learned in a Chinese Restaurant”
That’s the title of my memoir, if I ever get around to writing it. It’s not an unusual experience if you’re Chinese American. In fact, according to the magazine Chinese Restaurant News, there are nearly 41,000 Chinese restaurants open in the United States. That means a lot of kids, grandkids, siblings, cousins and spouses working for cheap or free.
My family owned a restaurant in Detroit, opened in 1940 by my great-grandfather. I spent countless hours there, working off-and-on for much of my childhood, first as a dishwasher then up to waiter and manager with the occasional delivery boy duty. (I sucked in the kitchen, so being a cook was never in the cards.) And while it was a tough life, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It taught me a lot of values in life that I use, even today.
Here are the top ten lessons I learned growing up in a Chinese restaurant: Read more...
Ben Lee has written for the television shows ELEVENTH HOUR and FAIRLY LEGAL and is currently writing for THE FIRM, a series based on the John Grisham novel (premiering tonight at 9pm, then moving to Thursdays at 10pm, on NBC). After graduating from Harvard University and Columbia Law School, he worked for several years as a corporate attorney in New York before breaking his parents’ hearts to become a writer. You can follow him on Twitter.
When I was working at the old law firm, I rarely went to court. I didn’t pound my desk or strenuously object to anything. But here’s what I did: I wrote something around fifty pages long under ridiculously tight deadlines. I sent it out to a dozen people, who gave me a whole lot of notes that were inconsistent with one another. I listened to them fight about the document while I kept my phone on mute. Every once in a while, I said something that made me seem competent. After the call, I silently cursed everyone, revised my draft, and repeated the cycle until they all liked it or got tired of fighting about it, whichever came first. Little did I know how well this would prepare me for a career as a television writer.
As a lawyer, I helped private equity firms buy, revamp, and sell undervalued companies. I represented a subprime mortgage lender in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I negotiated license agreements for American television shows to be broadcast in Poland and Malaysia. I drafted endorsement agreements between professional surfers and the energy drinks emblazoned on their boards. But all along, what I really wanted to do was write cool lines for pretty actors. Read more...
Lynn Chen is an actress who is attached to her computer. She has two blogs – The Actor’s Diet and Thick Dumpling Skin, both about – you guessed it – food. When she’s not writing for those sites she’s starring in films like “Surrogate Valentine,” “Saving Face,” “White on Rice,” “The People I’ve Slept With,” and the upcoming “Yes We’re Open.” Actors from “Better Luck Tomorrow” that she hasn’t worked with yet – Sung Kang, Jason Tobin, and Roger Fan.
I don’t think it should come as a surprise to anyone who grew up with me that I wound up becoming an actress who blogs about food. I’ve always been fascinated with seeing people eat on screen, so much so that I would save certain scenes to watch AS I consumed a meal. Rewind, salivate, play. Rewind, chew, play. Rewind, digest, play. I hate the term food porn, but that’s exactly what it was. My mother used to edit out the sex in movies I’d tape off of cable – there was no need – I wasn’t obsessed with those parts. Here’s some of my favorite drool-worthy scenes.
I live in Los Angeles now, but Southeastern Michigan will always be my hometown. I am a fourth-generation Michiganian, born and raised here. For many years, my family ran the popular Chung’s Restaurant on Cass Avenue. Living in the suburbs, I went to Troy High where I received a great education. There, I was elected Senior Class President and President of the National Honor Society. I graduated from the University of Michigan, earning a degree in creative writing.
Chester See has been playing the piano since the age of 6 and writing songs since the age of 10. He’s currently sold over a quarter million songs on iTunes and has had his songs played all over the world. But his mom would be most proud that his songs reached the Philippines. His most successful songs are titled “God Damn You’re Beautiful” and “Nice Guys”–the two songs collectively have been played for a combined total of over 50 million views on the web. Which is 50 million more views than he dreamed of ever getting! He’s currently the 41st most subscribed actor/musician on the internet giving him a larger YouTube following than, oh…Taylor Swift. He also likes talking in the third person. You can check out his work on his youtube page and keep up to date with his next project by stopping by his facebook or his twitter. Chester joins us as one of our partners for our new YOMYOMF Network on YouTube and writes about how he got started online.
Let’s start out by saying I’m not a writer. Okay, more than excited to be working with YOMYOMF! My entire world revolves around the internet and being a part of the next big thing. This is the first time I feel like I’m a part of the next big thing from the other side.
So a little bit about me! I’m an actor/musician/singer-songwriter living in LA. So I basically represent 99 percent of the people out here! I’m also half Filipino which seems to be a shock for most because I look as white as they come. But a 4’11″ mom reminding you that it’s not too late to become a nurse is a sure way of knowing you’re Filipino! I graduated from the TFT program at UCLA just like Offender Justin Lin. Go Bruins! I was one of few kids fortunate enough to land a consistent acting gig as soon as I graduated. Yup, I became the face of a Disney Channel show called Disney 365 for a little over 3 years. I would basically interview Disney Channel stars in the most energetic way possible. Given that I wasn’t actually 15 years old, I was pretty happy to be on the show for as long as I was. Read more...