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Motivational Monday | “It’s Not Who You Are That Holds You Back…

Sunday, 04.15.2012

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There is someone really close to me in my life that has a trait I highly value. Though this person is nowhere near perfect — overly impatient, lives in their own world, pushy, a big baby, they have this one single-standing trait that means the world to me.

Their unshakable sense of confidence in me.  No matter what it is, they believe I can achieve it. No matter what the odds are, they think I can beat it. Their faith in me often comes across as self-delusion but really, it’s just magical.

It’s really something I wish I had more of in myself. (And that I wish this person would have more of for themselves.)

As these days are passing by, I’m really finding that I think I’m not a lot of things. I think I’m not skinny enough to be a model. I’m no composed enough to be an anchor. I’m not young enough to pursue acting. I’m not smart enough to write a Pulitzer-prize winning novel. I’m not daring enough to start my own business. I’m not creative enough to craft things out of thin air. But really, this is all BS because in actuality there is just one thing I’m not.

Faithful Cialis Online enough. Faithful to myself and to God.

Because really, if I truly believe I am a child of God and that He has the power and ability to do all things, then shouldn’t I rest in that and communicate to him what I know and trust that he will know best to provide?

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

~Luke 1:37

My sis and I are hardcore fans of The Voice. It’s that singing competition show where four celeb judges pluck contestants solely based on their voices and give them a chance to compete to become a singing sensation. With so many other singing shows out there, we wonder why we are so addicted to this particular one. In part it is because of the judges, Adam Levine, Cee-lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton’s great chemistry with one another but also because — more so than other singing competition shows — it contains a true vibe of the belief that no matter who you are or where you came from, it’s never too late for you to have that moment to shine. All of these people, to some extent, got over their past to get on that stage and sing.

Time for me to do the same.

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posted by Janice | Comments: 3 | Category Inspirations, TV

Red Carpet Etiquette

Friday, 11.18.2011

Red carpets are a beast to work.

Filled with frantic PR people, confused celebs who are constantly being harassed and herded to this reporter or that photographer, it can be a crazy place.

I’ve done a fair share of red carpet work. Sometimes on camera, sometimes for print. A majority with Asian American events and one thing that I’ve taken away from it is seriously:


This applies to every and all people on the red carpet — journalists, photographers, PR folks, celebs, the people walking the celebs down the red carpet, me.

I understand that the red carpet can be like a bustling marketplace, where all these players have all these different agendas but seriously, people can be so rude sometimes.

On the red carpet, most people seem to follow a “do whatever it takes to get what you want” strategy, whether that entails embarrassing other people or coming off like a jack*ss or a b*tch.

Recently I was on the red carpet and it started to get really crowded behind the ropes. Some of the other reporters started crossing the line to interview while ON the red carpet. Seemed like a good idea so I did just that as well. All was going well when this PR lady, out of nowhere and for NO REASON AT ALL– while I’m in the middle of interviewing her client — tells me, “you better get over to behind the lines. You better get behind there. Get there. Get there.” Then she raised the ropes and forced me to crawl UNDER it even though all the other reporters still stayed on the red carpet.

That was not cool, lady.

And then there are celebs who are super “over it” when they answer questions. They roll their eyes, make weird faces and generally act like unpleasant people who are asking in their heads, “are you seriously asking me this?”

At the end of the day, I just hope that all red carpet attendees remember one thing: you chose to be here. Whether as a writer, a cameraman, a PR rep, a movie star, you chose your profession. If you don’t enjoy the process, don’t do it.

I really admired how Kal Penn handled the red carpet at a Harold & Kumar screening recently. Unlike some of his shall-not-be-named cohorts, he was gracious and kind the entire evening, speaking to all the publications, answering questions with genuine care and thoughtfulness. I know this because even though he wasn’t the last celeb to arrive, he was the last to finish the red carpet because he would take his time with the press. I was set to interview him last and when one of the PR reps told me I could only ask him one question (say what? We hosted the event!), his reps personally reassured me it would be more than that. Then when Kal and I met face to face, he told me,

“Would it be ok if we talked while walking into the screening? I want to make sure you guys get enough time especially because you’ve always been so supportive of us.”

So sweet, right?! And he gives an awesome video intro.

Thanks Kal for being such a model celeb on red carpet etiquette.

posted by Janice | Comments: 2 | Category Interviews, Job, Los Angeles, TV, Writing

Fall TV

Tuesday, 09.27.2011

I’m always excited when it’s the start of a new season. Winter because it’s cozy and cold and the holidays always make me feel warm and fuzzy (so yea, I like cold and warm stuff at the same time). Summer because of vacations and the easy, breezy vibe that everything seems to be on a temporary hold. I like Spring because you can finally step outside and indulge in some sunlight. There’s flowers and stuff–yea, I’m actually not a big fan of Spring because I can’t seem to breathe through my nose nor taste anything in my mouth nor open my eyes because of allergies.

But Fall. Oh, Fall.

Fall is glorious. It’s a symbol of new beginnings. It takes me back to grade school days when I would start school again and go back-to-school shopping and watch leaves fall and feel a breath of fresh wind.

Oh, and there’s also the return of Fall TV, where all my tube favorites come back and reunite with me on weeknights. Welcome back, guys! I’ve missed you so! (I have real friends too, I swear. Though sometimes I ditch them to cozy up to my Hulu on Saturday nights.)

I’ve noticed that the new shows this year are really quite female-centric.  And for that, I say, “You go, girls!” with a *snap and a twist of my head (however you do that).

Some promising ones:


Kudos to Zooey Deschanel and the rest of the ‘New Girls’ team for crafting a fleshed out, female character that’s funny and pathetic, hot and dorky, silly and serious all at once. Even just by watching the pilot, there are moments of Zooey’s Jess that I find in myself. Case(s) in point:

-Jess’s constant sing-songness of everyday sentences. I do that at work all the time. My boss gets annoyed. And I respond “sorry” in a sing-song voice.
-There was a line in the pilot where Jess tells a bartender pouring her some rose wine, “The pink one makes my slutty” which reminded me of my own moment when at a club in HK, I ran up to my friends and whispered, “The drunker I get, the sluttier I get!” I then proceeded to giggle and run away.

I wasn’t too keen on the storyline in the pilot but I’m willing to watch some more episodes to see how the characters develop. In any case, how can you resist Zooey Deschanel?

posted by Janice | Comments: 7 | Category TV, Writing

Oh Happy Day!

Sunday, 09.4.2011

One of the best classes I took during my undergrad at UCLA was this Gospel Choir class every Friday morning.

At that time, I had just wanted something fun and the class was fun, indeed.

With a teacher behind the pianos, we went through gospel songs celebrating and appreciating God. At that time, an atheist me just found the songs to be delicious to sing and dance to. Let the hands clap! Let the voices tremor! Gospel Choir easily became the one class I most looked forward to every week, even though it meant I would actually have to wake my butt up and get to campus every Friday.

Now, I can see that I was being drawn to the light and to the Lord because it is inherently right to be praising the Lord for all that He has done for us and for all that He is.

And I know I’m not the only one who thinks so.  WitnessLA posted about Jesus showing up at Oprah’s Legends Ball earlier this summer. Take a look. It’s moving.

Happy Sunday, all!

posted by Janice | Comments: 4 | Category Blog, God, Inspirations, Love, Music, TV

Audrey’s Fall Cover Gal | Jenna Ushkowitz

Monday, 08.8.2011

I love my job sometimes.

Sure, there’s plenty of sitting around at my desk, my shoulders strained so hard it feels like it’s going to cave in on me and exchanging frustrating emails with catty publicists who think they own the world but sometimes, there are magical moments where we’re creating art and telling stories.

Like Audrey Mag‘s fall cover shoot with Jenna Ushkowitz. (Shown here getting all dolled up for the shoot.)

We placed Jenna in the middle of Park Plaza, in all its old Hollywood glam, dolled her up in sleek evening gowns and pearls where Diana took dreamy shots of her.

Check out the behind-the-scenes coverage and interview we got, with the help of Asian American entertainment network MYX TV. You’ll get the inside scoop on Jenna’s make-out sessions with Harry Shum, Jr. and her favorite Glee episodes.

I can’t wait to share the rest of our shots–and the magazine– with you! Audrey Magazine Fall 2011 issue hits stands early September. Purchase your copy here.

posted by Janice | Comments: 2 | Category Fashion, Job, Look, Los Angeles, Magazine, Music, TV, Writing

Demi Lovato Kind Of Rocks…

Friday, 07.15.2011

Really digging Demi Lovato’s new song, Skyscraper.

posted by Janice | Comments: 2 | Category Films, Inspirations, Music, TV, Uncategorized

So Jelly!

Thursday, 06.30.2011

My sister, Jessica Jann is so freakin’ cute. If she weren’t my sister, I’d be green with envy at the awesome life she’s having and all the blessings she’s had.

She’s young, she’s beautiful, she’s charming, and she booked a commercial for one of the top food chains in Hong Kong.

posted by Janice | Comments: 5 | Category Personal, TV

Dia Dominates ‘The Voice’

Wednesday, 06.29.2011

Now that The Voice fever has officially swept the nation, my Facebook news feed, and the Audrey office, I can finally voice (heh heh) my love for the top 4 finalists.

Beverly McClellan, Vicci Martinez, and Javier Colon are all freakin’ telegenic mofos who have more talent in their pinky finger than my whole 5’7″ frame so forgive me for being a little jealous. However, the one I’m rooting for will definitely have to be the soft-spoken folksy half-Korean Dia Frampton.

posted by Janice | Comments: 3 | Category Music, TV

Reese Witherspoon Rocks

Monday, 06.6.2011

I rarely watch movie awards, especially the MTV Movie Awards because frankly, it’s a pile of trash and in the words of a friend, should be renamed “The Twilight Awards.”

But I happened to be working and being the massive multi-tasker that I am, I switch on the old television for…”research purposes.”

After sticking through hours of penis jokes (that aren’t funny) and watching Robert Pattinson make a total fool out of himself (as if playing an emo pale-faced bloodsucker wasn’t foolish enough), I stumbled across a gem of a speech Reese Witherspoon gave upon accepting her Generation Award.

“I just want to say to all the girls out there, I know it’s cool to be bad, I get it,” she said. “But it’s also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show! When I came up in this business, if you had a sex tape, you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed. And if you take naked pictures of yourself with your cell phone, you hide your face!” Witherspoon ends with a smiling, “It’s possible to be a good girl. I’m gonna try to make it cool!”

I think you’re cool, Reese!

posted by Janice | Comments: 1 | Category Films, Inspirations, Los Angeles, TV, Uncategorized

Is It Weird…

Wednesday, 04.27.2011

Is it weird that I’m 24 years old (yes, I’m 24. You can close your mouth up now) and I still get giddy at anything Disney Channel?

posted by Janice | Comments: 4 | Category Job, Los Angeles, TV, Uncategorized, Writing

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