A holiday greeting from Jinxie and I to you and yours this beautiful holiday season! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Pittsburgh was wonderful! I got back home last week from filming on Those Who Kill, and it was great hanging out with my fellow cast mates James D’Arcy (Master and Commander with Russell Crowe), James Morrison (TV show 24, Jarhead, Catch Me If You Can), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love), Omid Abtahi, Ryan O’Nan, and Kate Boyer, along with getting to chat with my director Joe Carnahan (The Grey) about growing up in Michigan and his next project Undying Love, and rehashing scenes from Willard (starring the great Crispin Glover) and What Is It? with Glen Morgan. I ran into a couple production people I’d met in Michigan, too. My costumer Tony also worked on Red Dawn, and one of our craft services peeps was on LOL (starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore). Small world getting smaller.
While having the weekend off, the actors got together and watched some work from a couple of us, including Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, nominated multiple times for Best Original Song in the Oscars (listen to the soundtrack), and Showing Up, an interview style documentary about auditions that can be a very meaningful watch for more than just actors, really, but anyone who has dreams he/she wants to pursue and is afraid to try. It was all very inspiring for me to be amongst these working actors and film professionals who are doing what they love, and making a living at it. A few conversations with them about the perks of moving to LA got my internal clock ticking again. It’s something I’ve been talking about for as long as I remember but I keep holding off, citing money as a reason. Another reason is to get myself a little bit more into the niche market here in the Midwest and East Coast as THE young Asian actress to hire, but it’s still a matter of do I want to hit the big time, because if I do, I will need to make the move at some point. When we Skyped last night, my sister said if I didn’t do by June 2013 she’d be very disappointed in me. So, maybe LA this next year? So many things to think about as we enter the post-Mayan calendar. Looks like I’ve got to make some huge New Year’s resolutions…
For now, I will have to wait and see if Those Who Kill’s pilot gets approval once it’s edited, and then we’d all get to watch it on A&E. If not, it was a grand experience working with the team. Still waiting to hear back on an audition time for a big project I really want to land but all in good time.
Happy Holidays to you all! Remember to enjoy life and follow your dreams!
PS: Our family doesn’t really celebrate Christmas, but my second brother Mike and I are home enjoying family time with the parents. Mike has been shooting on a Canon 5D for awhile, which is a full-sensor camera, while I’ve been shooting on a Nikon D7000 which is awesome, but a cropped sensor, and everyone in the film/commercial world I know uses Canons… I was checking out Canons yesterday and IF I COULD, I’d love to upgrade to the Canon 5d Mark II one day, with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens one day…Maybe next Christmas, a gift for myself if I can kick ass at the whole acting career this year! It’s okay to get yourself Christmas presents, right? 😛 (All my siblings and I invested in a new 40 inch flat screen for our parents this year. A huge upgrade from their little 20 inch old-school big box TV…which my mama wants to keep for some reason…)
Cindy Chu Enjoying a mug of coffee at Zenith Antiques in Shadyside, Pittsburgh
The First Presbytarian Church near my hotel, the Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh
The first coconut I ever cracked
Our honey wagon for Those Who Kill
One of the dining rooms at Zenith Antiques, Shadyside, Pittsburgh
Those Who Kill basecamp Pittsburgh
My little dressing room on Those Who Kill!
Little theater in Pittsburgh, the Harris, where I watched Holy Motors