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:
THE BIRTH OF THE CINNABON MONSTER.
Continue reading My Journey with Cinnabon (UPDATED as of 12/28/17)
True to its namesake, even though this blog is dedicated to my acting career and giving advice to actors in LA and all over, the core in all of this is my love for Cinnabon.
So I write this today because March 18th marks the birthday of the one and only Kat Cole who the world may know her as the Cinnabon CEO but I know her as the extremely intelligent, compassionate extraordinaire.
Continue reading A Cinnabontastic Birthday to Kat Cole + A Cinnabon Love Poem
I dug through my past FB posts (this was a chore because I post on FB like a whore) and found this, my 2013 New Year’s resolutions:
Acting 2013 New Year Goals:
1. Book a Guest Star spot on a primetime TV show
2. Book a supporting role in a studio level feature film
3. Create that goddamn Cinnabon spec commercial
4. Continue my hard work like always, kick ass in acting class, and whatnot
Life 2013 New Year Goals:
1. Continue being excellent to myself and to others
Now that 2013 is now ending, I can definitely say I failed my trivial new year’s resolutions to an astounding degree. I didn’t book a primetime guest star spot or a supporting role in a studio level feature film OR even create that goddamn Cinnabon spec commercial. I did, however, know without a doubt in my mind that I worked hard, I kicked ass in acting class, and I’ve been excellent to myself and to others. So what HAVE I accomplished in 2013, or more importantly, what have I learned?
Continue reading The Cinnabon Monster reflects back on 2013
For quite some time now, people have been asking when I would start my own blog as I am known to be extremely vocal about acting, giving career advice (as well as being a zealous advocate for accurate representation of minorities on mainstream media…but that’s for a different time), and whatnot. So after months of having a “I hate writing blogs” mentality, I decided to cave in and just express myself, regardless of who’s out there listening.
So hi. I’m the Cinnabon Monster but you can call me Edward Hong. I will choose to put my name out there publicly as the pastry product has become part of my marketing as an actor. I’m also the kind of person that is not afraid to own up to his words, no matter how stupid they may be. I’m also PRETTY sure that I’m the only Asian American actor (let alone actor period) that markets himself with this fatty delicious pastry product. In my 2 years of using this, it has served me extremely well in terms of getting industry folks to remember me as “that actor who REALLY REALLY loves Cinnabons.” And in this industry, being remembered (for good things) is a good thing to have.
So every Sunday, I’ll write something here. Most likely it will be little nibbles of knowledge or career advice I’ve gained as well as the occasional light-hearted ranting about the industry (I can’t help it, I’m an Asian American Studies major). Thanks for tuning in and I’ll leave you off with how I became obsessed with Cinnabons in the first place, thanks to my wonderful actress/food blogger friend Lynn Chen who featured my story on her Thick Dumpling Skin blog.
READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE.