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My Journey with Cinnabon (UPDATED as of 12/28/17)

This is the story of how the Cinnabon Monster I came to be. It’s a long one but stick around, I assure you it’s a good tale 🙂

As far as I know, I am the only actor in LA (if not the world) who aggressively markets himself with the delicious pastry product Cinnabon and have been doing so for almost four years. Many casting directors & friends in the entertainment industry and outside of it have known me as the Cinnabon Monster for me giving out Cinnabon gift cards to casting directors who have booked me, the Cinnabon postcards I send out, and most importantly, for simply talking about it all the time on social media.

But why do I love Cinnabon so much? Where did this obsession begin? Before we continue further with this entry, I want to direct ya’ll to a write-up I did on fellow actress friend Lynn Chen‘s beautiful Thick Dumpling Skin blog. It is imperative that you read this before continuing so travel on over to:


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The Delusional Hunt For Social Media Followers

Earlier today I saw an actor request a plea to his FB friends that his reps told him he needed to severely boost his social media following on all platforms. I rolled my eyes at this but then thought about the frequency that I’ve been seeing this, with more actors getting concerned of their follower base and even more actors I know buying their followers (you can’t fool me, I’m aware of how the ratio science works!)


While this has been an ongoing raging debate about the importance of followers, I’ll go ahead and offer my 2 cents on this matter, which has been backed by numerous industry folks in the casting and executive level:

* Without a doubt when it comes to low budget webseries or ULB films with no real names attached, the importance of social media followers will indeed play a factor and thus breakdowns that require actors to have at least “100k followers” is taken seriously. However, without being too entirely dismissive of those who do these types of projects, most of these times they do not go anywhere nor are they of any quality substance.

*As for projects that are on the higher scale ie. primetime TV shows and studio features, your social media following will matter less. I have seen numerous times of actors nabbing big roles with no social media presence whatsoever, more often than I have seen actors with “large” social media followings booking those types of jobs. Yes, you can probably say, “But that big time actor got that gig because he has 2 million followers!” and to that I will respond with “But that actor is already a known name so this point is moot.” And there’s also “But that YouTuber got a part in that comedy studio film!” and I respond with “But he’s been doing it for YEARS and consistently puts out product and has developed a fanbase with his materials. What have you done besides posting selfies and inserting #soblessed and #actorslife?”

*Please, please, pleeeeeeeease don’t waste money buying followers and likes. I know this acting game seems to be nothing more than a popularity game but don’t cave in. On that related note, using services that boost your IMDb starmeter is a complete waste of time and money. The only people who care about Starmeters are actors, who see how their ranking has gone up or down every Sunday night. I know this because I do this, like an addict who needs another fix.

*To bring back from my observation of that actor mentioned above, any rep who demands that you need to up your social media following is not a rep who’s properly doing their job. Like reps who request actors to do casting director workshops, talent reps who do that are not properly doing their jobs. What they SHOULD be doing is to pitch us and get us into the room via their own negotiating talent & our acting materials. I have seen my manager and other excellent reps pitch acting friends with no reel, no Union status, and no credits for big time movies and TV shows. The idea that reps can only do their jobs if you only have a sizeable social media following is idiotic.


It’s okay, little guy..it’s just social media.

*Your craft, attitude, and professional consistent followups will be the key factors to continuously pursue that elusive acting career in a successful manner. Everything else is just noise, even this social media follower hublabloo.

SIDE NOTE: if you are getting a large amount of followers because you consistently put out social media content in the form of viral sketches, vblogs, or similar web content, by all means that is awesome and does not fall in the category desperate actors who demand a following when all they have selfies, pictures, and non-interactive content. Actors who have succeeded in this manner are folks like Issa Rae Presents, Anna Akana, and Flula Borg.

Finding that elusive agent/manager

There’s been a ton of seminars and whatnot telling you how to get an agent or manager. Rather than going through the hassle of paying them a lot of money to learn this information, I’ve taken the time to create this very extensive article so that I take away all the mystery how to exactly get an agent. This can most likely applied everywhere else but the documents I attached are specifically LA-based. It’s a wee bit long but it’s everything I know how to do and it has worked for me. Hopefully it will work for you as well 🙂

**Just to let you know, although my language in this article will refer to agents, all of this applies to finding a manager as well.**

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An Asian American Actor’s Thoughts on #OscarsSoWhite

It’s been four days since the nominees were announced for the 2015 Oscars, and the dust has yet to settle on the controversy as it has been observed that every nominated actor in the Lead and Supporting categories — 20 actors in all — is white. As an Asian American actor, I can’t help but notice this as it is yet another reminder how much more work we have to go. Continue reading An Asian American Actor’s Thoughts on #OscarsSoWhite

Most Popular Actor Questions (Part I)

These questions are directly from the most frequent actor questions that were gathered in the Facebook group page CASTING DIRECTORS FOR ACTORS, which was founded by casting director Jeremy Gordon and monitored by him and myself. Considering I have no doubt there will be more questions in the future, this is only part 1 out of many more entries to come. So without further adieu:
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To Give Up Or Not To Give Up?

It is inevitable that in every actor who writes a blog, they write an entry about giving up. Because how could they not? The possibility that this career will never work out is all too real, especially as the actor grows older and sees their non-actor friends having stable jobs, stable relationships, and a stable life that they once mocked them for as being boring and straight-edged. “Perhaps I made the wrong choice in being an actor?” we ask ourselves. I know all of what I’m saying is dedicated for actors, but I also know that it can be extremely applicable to everyone pursuing their dreams and the struggles that comes with it.


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Summertime Slowness and Major Changes

I took a month break from writing but hope everybody’s doing awesome since the last time I wrote on here. So how about that for 2014 network pilot season? Was it everything you hoped it to be? Yes? No? Uh, are you crying in the corner over there? (Shhh, it’s okay, you’re still an actor).

Well no matter, summertime slowness is upon us. This is usually the time when many actors (unless you’re an A-list celebrity) get very sad as they twiddle their thumbs wondering what to do next or get very anxious as they make changes in their career in terms of representation (or have their representation make changes on them by dumping them). Fear not. Let’s take this one step at a time, shall we 🙂

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Actor Tax Deductible Sh!t

Oh taxes.

With your taxes being due on April 15th, it’s time for many of us actors to get cracking on what you can deduct, what you can’t, and little nuances you should know. As we all know all too well, being an actor, especially in Los Angeles, is an extremely costly affair that we hope one day will yield into profits multiple times over. But until then, our expenses we make for the sake of our career can, for the time being, be used for tax refunds which CAN be awesome news when done correctly. These are the things to keep in mind and if any of these are incorrect or more stuff can be added, please feel free to comment! So here goes:
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IMDb is stupid. Extremely stupid. And greedy.

I’ve always thought IMDb was pretty dumb, especially their dirty pimp whore of a brother, IMDbPRO. While IMDbPRO’s usefulness is made through being able to see the clients an agent or manager has, the contact info for industry folks (although they get their addresses wrong more often than not for casting directors), there’s a gnawing suspicion that I have had ever since I first paid my subscription for it several years ago:

I strongly believe that IMDb is actually run by a bunch of deficient money-grubbing monkeys.
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The Value of Expensive Acting Career Consultants

For this week’s post, this will serve as a rather blunt opinionated post as well as a genuine question to any actors out there who partake in this. So if this offends you, please express your thoughts fully so I can understand. With that being said:

Why the shitballs would an actor pay $100 (or over) an hour for acting career consultation?
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