Krista: ME! My job, my ethnicity, my gender make up PARTS of me that I’m very proud of, in an individual way, but they don’t define or label me based on a group definition or stereotype. There is so much more beyond my job, ethnicity, and gender that make me who I am! There are many many many layers in a human being - every person in the world has a different story, and history - nobody is the same, and that’s what makes human nature so interesting and beautiful and unpredictable!
How do you handle rejection?
Rejection is a big part of my job as an actor and artist. Rejection isn’t easy. When I audition for a role and do not get the part, I usually am bummed. But then I remind myself the part is going to another hustling actor, and I certainly can’t be mad about that - we are all working hard, and there is room for everyone, especially to celebrate more Asian American actors!!
Being rejected socially is something that is harder to deal with, because at first it feels much more personal. For example, being excluded from a group or a party or conversation might not feel good. But I have learned over time that it is not worth the energy to worry about people who are exclusive. Especially when I have genuine, wonderful, and supportive friends and family (like Team AAGC!) that I would so much rather spend that energy and time on and with
If someone is choosing to be unconcerned or catty, then I probably don’t want to be around an insensitive person anyway. It’s so much better to focus on the love and matters that are important to you, than the inevitable negativity surrounding you. That's why I deeply value inclusiveness and kindness.
Being rejected has taught me confidence, to love myself instead of looking for someone else to, and most importantly, to treat OTHERS with love and compassion because I know how bad it feels to be on the rejected side. I do find coffee ice cream a great friend on the darker days, though (Haagen daz plz) =)
Dr. Ken (ABC)
Last Man Standing (FOX)
Favorite self care tips?
15 min walk outside right before the sun goes down, extra bonus with a dog!
Stretching and breathing
Prioritizing Family and Friends time
Taking the time to give thanks.
A single flower
Dancing to music
Check out what Krista has to say about what being undefinable means to her!