Some of the top Asian American actors gathered at the 2010 San Diego Asian Film Festival for a panel about Asian American Actors in Hollywood. Participants included Harry Shum Jr. (Glee and LXD) , C.S. Lee (Dexter), Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs World), Aaron Yoo (Disturbia, Friday the 13th), and Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) with moderators Leonardo Nam (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Kevin Iwashina (former agent). Collectively, they share some great insights on what it’s really like to be an actor from getting their first break to being a veteran in the business. Find out what it really takes to be an actor in Hollywood. Practice make perfect to be an entertainer. Hone your craft in order to be successful. Education and training plays an important part in the longevity of an actor’s career. The veterans went to grad school to get their knowledge, but YouTube has transformed the way you can gain experience. To be a real entertainer, it takes about 10 years to make it.
They also talk about roles for Asian Americans, being a triple threat (acting, producing, and having unique talent), and creating your own opportunities. You’d be surprised at what roles the panelists want to have along with the importance of Asian American filmmakers. When you delve into this career, be prepared for your parents reaction. There’s lots of great info for anyone thinking about becoming an actor. Listen to this panel of hot, young talent who are making their mark in Hollywood
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Asian American Actors in Hollywood Panel