Interviewed by Emerline
I think our friendship is one that’s been strongly shaped by our shared creative interests — we met on a dance team, we were in the same Korean culture club, we both majored in writing, we’ve explored Seoul together, music is a huge part of our lifestyle, and we’ve even led a whole production team together to put on a live show. Have you noticed this?
Hahaha wow, those parallels. I do think our shared interests and ambitions are what brought us to the present. We both grew up in areas that were pretty dry of anything related to our culture so I think we both took advantage of what we could in college, haha.
I’ve seen you as dancer Amy, singing Amy, lead producer Amy, and friend Amy. You seem to have really taken the time to explore your interests over the past few years. Have any of these identities stuck?
I grew up in a small community that didn’t have anything related to Korean culture, or anything much for that matter. Not only that, I was pretty shy (still am now), so it was difficult to even try or vocalize what I wanted to do. So, when I went into college I forced myself to try everything: dance, theatre, and various clubs. Those experiences were great and I learned a lot. I never, NEVER thought I’d lead a dance team or run a live production. They definitely had a hand in shaping the person I am today.
Ultimately, music is what stuck with me the most. It’s been a part of me since I was a kid. A lot of elements from my experiences from college are still with me but can’t let go of music just yet! I started exploring music production so that’s a new journey I’m excited to venture into.
You’ve mentioned that you grew up in an area pretty void of creative inspiration and like minded friends (at least for Asian culture). How did you cope or deal with this growing up?
When it came to bridging my culture and growing up in an area that lacked a large Asian population / community, I really depended on the computer, hahaha. Bless that computer because it was my gateway to finding music, watching music videos, and following trends in Korea. That, and watching VHS tapes of dramas. I don’t watch Korean shows anymore but back then game shows and dramas were a huge part of my childhood. I didn’t necessarily feel like I was missing out or wished that I lived in a large Asian community, but it made me feel connected.
As for creative outlets, I spent my time writing, songwriting, and doing random activities such as remixing old clothes or decorating my room.
What has your path as a multimedia producer been like in the past few years?
It’s been an eye opening journey. My life hasn’t turned out the way I expected and that used to terrify me. I’m usually someone who needs a plan and that plan needs to go accordingly. Of course, it was a huge wake up call when I realized life doesn’t work that way, haha. I get a lot of anxiety, particularly social anxiety, so the first step is always forcing myself to go after things. The past couple of years was a slow build up of letting people know what I wanted to do or try, whether it was about opportunities or seeking advice.
That being said, I want to be known as a creator. I don’t want to limit myself to one hat!
How much has Korean culture, music, and entertainment influenced your taste? I know that you also love American influences too. How do these two worlds collide for you?
Korean culture, music, and entertainment influences me in a way that makes me want to contribute to it. I love studying both Korean and American styles and I think there’s so much to be found in the Korean industry. There’s been some growth with Asian representation in the Western entertainment industry but there’s still a long way to go. I noticed the lack of it when I was a kid and I’ve always wanted to be part of that growth to bring both worlds together. As is more prevalent these days, creativity has no language barrier. What’s more, nothing is more exciting than blending cultures together through creative expression.
(Seeing Daniel Dae Kim in Lost and Sandra Oh in Grey’s Anatomy was a defining moment in my childhood. It was the first time I realized there was a lack of Asian representation in the entertainment industry.)
How does living in LA influence you? What drew you to LA post-college versus other cities or places?
Since I was a kid, I wanted to work in the entertainment industry and I knew LA was the mecca for all things entertainment. It felt very natural for me to move to LA. I wanted to continue pursuing it after college which is why I continue to reside here. These days I’ve been exploring other possibilities so who knows where my next step will take me.
With production classes around the corner, what do you look forward to accomplishing this year?
I look forward to establishing myself more with confidence and fully develop the interests I already have (not to mention exploring new interests as well).
Is there anything about Seoul Tribe that excites you? What kinds of things do you plan to work on for this platform?
When you approached me to work on this project I was stoked. This is something I always wanted to do: create a space for creative people to come together.
I’m really excited to see how Seoul Tribe will take off. It’s really about the community: telling stories, showcasing people’s works, sharing thoughts... Despite how open the internet is today, I think there’s a lot to shared. I wish there was something like this when I was growing up.
For Seoul Tribe, I plan to develop collaborations with other creatives. I'd love to have our platform become a platform for connecting with other creatives with similar taste in photography, video content, and music. I also want to focus on curating our playlists. I hope to bring a familiar vibe to our playlists *radio style* so please look forward to that!
content & audio producer