"Hluav Taws" MV Showcase at Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival 2017

EXCITING NEWS!

The "Hluav Taws" music video will be showcased at the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival on Friday, June 23rd! Not only, get a chance to learn more about the MV from the director himself, Mr. Kong Lor!

Join directors, actors, & visual artists on June 23 & 24 for the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival. Event is free and open to the public. RSVP via Eventbrite:

June 23rd: qdnff2017day1.eventbrite.com
June 24th: qdnff2017day2.eventbrite.com

A Dream Come True

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As a young child, in the days of pen and paper, my two older sisters and I would create our own version of the TV game show, Jeopardy!. Whenever Nancy, the oldest, played Alex Trebek, I could always bet that “music” was going to be a category.

When it came to the $600 question, the hardest one in the music category, I always knew the answer.

But I’d lose.

The answer was a female singer whose name I couldn’t pronounce. But I knew her music. I knew her voice. And Nancy played her songs consistently in our shared bedroom nearly every day. But I still couldn’t say her name.

After several makeshift Jeopardy! games, I finally got it.

say-LEEN dee-AHN.

As long as I can remember, Celine Dion has been the ultimate singing icon I’ve adored and admired. She is la crème de la crème. Just watch this live performance.

Celine’s the one artist I’ve never seen live, but have always dreamt of seeing one day. Finally, more than twenty years later, on my 32nd birthday this month, I made it a reality.

As I sat down in my seat, I began to cry.

So this is what a dream come true feels like.

You see, Celine has shaped me as a vocal artist and a performer before and throughout my singing career. When my family and I couldn’t afford vocal lessons, I studied her voice. When I lost inspiration, I watched her videos. When I thought of a singing career, I thought of her.

And now, I was only 15 feet away from my idol.


So this is what a dream come true feels like.

The night was spectacular.
I sung.
I danced.
I stared in awe.
I touched her hand.
I locked eyes with her.

And when the curtains closed, it was over. Just like that. I waited. More please? It felt like the party had just started, and I didn’t want to leave. I lingered in the energy of the beautiful, red Colosseum until I knew she wasn't returning.

As I walked out the building, I made the decision that next time, I'd book tickets for two separate consecutive shows. 'Cause you know, all those times I finally won Jeopardy! should cover it.

ARE YOU A CELINE DION FANATIC TOO? What do you love most about her? Bring on the love in the comments below!

Until next time…

Dream BIG,
Pagnia

HMF 2017: 7 Photos You Haven't Seen

Nyob zoo! 

Hope you've been great!

For me, the last few weeks have been crazy amazing.

Three days ago, I turned another year wiser. 
I saw my IDOL perform live (more to share soon)! 
And I performed on the HMF 2017 stage in Fresno, CA. 

So today, I'm giving you a brief look behind the scenes of my HMF experience. ENJOY!

Dressing Roommates
You know how just one person can change an entire experience? Well, I had two people during HMF 2017. 75% of my weekend was spent with these two talented artists, Pat Her of SuddenRush & Alicia Thao, the HMF 2017 Rising Star winner; and I wouldn't have had it any other way. (Missing my third roommate, Miss Youa Xiong - see below!)

VIP Meet & Greet
This is still one of my most favorite experiences that I get to have in this lifetime -- meeting YOU in person. 

Illusion
"Hmo no, koj ncaim ntawm kuv mus...mus nyob deb deb..." Right before this shot, I shared with this humble & talented band just how special their songs are to me. As a young teenager, the only way I could hear their music was through the local Hmong radio. So every evening at 5 PM, I'd patiently wait for someone to dedicate a song to a loved one, hoping s/he chose one of Illusion's songs. Decades later, it was awesome to hear them live at HMF 2017!

Solo Artists
A brief moment of a few of us solo artists hanging out before meeting our VIP guests. Everyone was so chill and relaxed. It was all looooove. L to R: Blia Lor, yours truly, Youa Xiong, & Alicia Thao.

Kub Vaj & Band
The artist, Kub Vaj (to my right), is a true gentleman, and his band is really an extension of that too. When the first band, So Siab, had a bass go out during their live set, Kub's band stepped in, ran up, & shared their bass with the band immediately. No second thoughts. So grateful to have met these humble & inspiring musicians! 

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HMF Staff
How do you know when someone is passionate about something he's doing? When his family is there, in full support of him. I had a great time meeting the family of one of the HMF organizers, Kongtxou Xiong (to my right). They made sure artists were on time, had water, had food, knew where to go, etc. And they reminded me that family is second to none, and that they're the reason you can still stand at the end of a long, hard day. So much respect for this family! Thank you!

SuddenRush
Kham, Roger, Pat, Joe, & Chee Nou Her. A genuinely warm, giving family of musicians. So much love and respect for all of you. And I will visit Canada one day soon!

YOUR TURN! Are there images you captured from HMF 2017 that I haven't seen? Tag me on social media -- I'd love to see your experience!

Until next time...

Dream BIG,
Pagnia

[CLOSED] Enter Pagnia's HMF 2017 Ticket Contest!

Are you a high school student?
Do you live in the state of California?
Do you dream big? 


If you answered "YES" to all three questions, you have a chance to: 

WIN TWO (2) FREE HMF 2017 TICKETS!

You may be wondering: why these requirements?

As long as I've loved music, music wasn't always within my grasp. I looove live shows, but I didn't get to watch my first live concert until college. In other words, experiencing live music while in high school was scarce, despite my love for music.

Less money + less freedom = no Shania Twain concert. Not only, my parents' #1 priority was raising us seven kids.

I know there are many Hmong high school students who feel the same way.

That's why I created my HMF 2017 Ticket Contest.

I want Hmong high school students who love music to have access to live shows in their local area. And of course, I want them to dream BIG

So is that you?

HOW DO I ENTER?

Each entrant must:

  1. Write a response, in 150 words or less, to this question: If you knew you could not fail, what would you do? 

  2. Provide a copy of your 2016-2017 student ID card.

  3. Introduce yourself & attach both files above in an e-mail.

  4. Send the e-mail to pagnia@pagniaxiong.com by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, May 22, 2017.

By submitting an e-mail entry submission for the purposes of the Contest, you agree to the Official Rules

I'M UNDER 18. CAN I STILL ENTER?

Yes! If you're under 18 years old, to participate in the contest, you must first obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian prior to your e-mail entry submission. Receipt of e-mail entry submission will be evidence of entrant’s parent or guardian’s acceptance (on behalf of entrant) of all terms contained in the Official Rules. In other words, sending an e-mail entry submission means you've received permission to participate from your parent or legal guardian, and s/he agrees to the Official Rules on your behalf.

HOW WILL WINNERS BE SELECTED?

Three (3) winners will be selected based on originality, clarity of expression, and creativity by a panel of judges. 

WHEN WILL WINNERS BE NOTIFIED?

Winners will be notified via e-mail by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. If a winner cannot be contacted within 24 hours after the first attempt to contact him/her, an alternate potential winner will be selected in his/her place from the remaining, non-winning eligible entries.

So there you have it! Remember - you have until this MONDAY, MAY 22 to send in your e-mail entry submission. 

GOOD LUCK!

Dream BIG,
Pagnia

P.S. For the full contest details, please refer to the Official Rules.

My HNDC 2017 Experience

Performing at the HNDC Friday Night Concert, April 21, 2017. Photo by Pa Chia Xiong

Performing at the HNDC Friday Night Concert, April 21, 2017. Photo by Pa Chia Xiong

One of the last things I said at the 18th Hmong National Development Conference (HNDC) to a new friend I met (Nyob zoo, Misty!) before leaving Sunday morning was:

“What happened here, what I felt this weekend, is not what I see in the media, on Facebook, or on the news. We (the Hmong community) have so much to be proud of, to celebrate, and to be hopeful for.”

She nodded in agreement as we continued to discuss our HNDC experience.

What is HNDC?

Every two years in April, Hmong National Development (HND) holds their biennial 3-day conference in a Hmong-populated community across the US - each time in a different city.

An early morning view of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

An early morning view of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This year was Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2019, it’ll be Sacramento, California.

HND will tell you that this conference brings together community leaders, professionals, advocates and youth from across the country (& world) to have critical conversations around key issues in the Hmong community such as education, civic participation, and entrepreneurship.

I will tell you that HNDC is where some of the brightest, most powerful, most vocal, and most generous individuals from all backgrounds in the Hmong community gather to inspire, connect, & build a stronger community together -- in workshops, in hallways, in hotel rooms (sometimes it’s the only place to meet), after the banquet at 2 AM, and even at the airport. From your flight arrival to your flight departure, you will feel the incredible energy of HNDC.

HNDC is a space, a time to connect with some of the most passionate individuals who care deeply about the present and future of the Hmong community. And just so you know, if you're in attendance, you are one of them.

Who is HNDC for?

The conference is open to the public. Yes, you will see many college students, professionals, and community leaders.

But as a Hmong American, if you care about yourself, your family, and/or your Hmong community, it’s for you.

What’s so great about this conference?

7:45 AM. First day. Exhibitors on the top. Registration area, bottom left corner.

7:45 AM. First day. Exhibitors on the top. Registration area, bottom left corner.

By the end of the conference, like I said during my HNDC Friday Night Concert performance, I feel like I’m leaving an amazing family reunion. The energy of this event is so powerful and inspiring that I go home with a high and the conference blues that last for at least a week. (You need a couple days to recover.)

Honestly, this one blog post cannot do justice to the joy, the connection, the energy, & the inspiration I gained from HNDC.

You simply have to experience it yourself.

But in today’s blog, I hope you get a small taste of what I mean.

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"Use this book as an excuse to talk to your parents [about bride price]. We [Hmong females] don't have a place to negotiate [the bride price]. The only place is with your parents." In my first workshop, author Mai Neng Moua presented and read from her new book, The Bride Price. She is a Hmong American literary icon, an open book, & a bold Hmong woman. I adore her.

"Kuv muab ntshaw dhau xwb." In a workshop, I learned of Pai Yang, a widow with eight children who had a genuine passion to purchase an old auto shop. That auto shop is now known as Milwaukee's Asian Market or Phongsavan. With a recent expansion, Pai emotionally explained why her new $4.2 million building includes a large community space: she felt that as a single Hmong mother with children to raise, she wouldn't be where she is today as an entrepreneur without the community's support. This was her gift to the community. What an inspiration.

"You were all chosen for a reason." Before sound check, Kouser Yang (standing), one of the HNDC Friday Night Concert organizers, gave the performers warm praise, uplifting encouragement, and an extra boost to give it our all that night. Many thanks to the HNDC Friday Night Concert team!

"I was hoping someone else would step up. [...] But I knew I needed to be the change." This was said by Susan Pha (far right), a councilwoman who became the first person of color ever to be elected to the Brooklyn Park City Council, the second most diverse city in MN. This panel of politicians was mind-blowing. This was no debate. This was pure, honest inspiration from those who are paving the way. 

"I want to be the best mayor of Elk Grove. I happen to be Hmong." During his keynote speech, Mayor Steve Ly left audience members with numerous bold, empowering stories and statements like this. I really don't know where to begin. For now, what a powerhouse. 

"Do you want to change the world? Start by thinking you're crazy enough to." This is how the Asian Penguins started and ended their workshop. I know nothing about computer operating systems, but these young middle schoolers do. And they inspired me to the core. Because of the work they do, they showed me the meaning of giving back, helping others, and working together to accomplish a goal. Folks, the future is bright with these young leaders.

At the Leadership Banquet on Saturday night, if only you could've heard the stories of the five 2017 IMPACT Award recipients: Cha Vang, Chai Moua, Chaleng Lee, Choua Yang, and Jacky Lee along with the University of CA - Merced Hmong Student Association, the 2017 HSA Spirit Award recipient. We have so much to celebrate in the Hmong community. 

A Hmong brother I aspire to be like. Tou Ger Bennett Xiong needs no introduction. As one of the MCs of this year's HNDC, he was a joy to see every day. (This was Tou Ger's 17th HNDC, out of 18. Wow!) Thank you for all you do and for being you, Tou Ger.

"Being here on this stage tonight doing what I love AND attending the HNDC— that high is going to last for at least a month." I said this on Friday night during the concert, and I meant every word. (Photo by Pa Chia Xiong)

IT'S YOUR TURN! Never been to HNDC and have a question? Or attended HNDC and had a great time? Leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!

Until next time...

Dream BIG,
Pagnia

Meet The Hluav Taws Cast: Part 3

Putting out a casting call for my first ever original music video seemed daunting at the time. Yet as everything unfolded, it was one of the most inspiring parts of producing the Hluav Taws music video.

As auditions and interests came from all over the US, I soon realized how passionate my Hmong brothers and sisters are in acting. I'm truly grateful to have shared this "first" with six incredibly passionate and kind actors, and am pleased to present them to you in this 3-part series.

Note: This the final part of the "Meet the Hluav Taws Cast" series.
Find the previous parts below!

Meet the Hluav Taws Cast: Part 1

Meet the Hluav Taws Cast: Part 2

Meet the Hluav Taws Cast: Part 3


See Xiong
Hickory, North Carolina

How long have you been acting? Do you have plans to act in future productions?

I have always loved being in little skits and plays all throughout school since I was a kid. I haven't acted for a very long time, so this was a wonderful experience for me.

What drew you to audition for Pagnia Xiong’s Hluav Taws music video?

What drew me to audition was the strength in the song, I mean, have you listened to it? When I'm upset, hurt or in pain, this song literally shouts my name. It reads everything in me, from the inside out. When I found out how the music video was going to be, I really was so excited. Honestly reading the script and the roles, literally built up my courage to audition. It's such a strong way of showing that everyone is different and has their own different struggles, which many people seem to forget.

Name one highlight and one challenge you took away after the production.

The highlight of doing the music video was bonding so strongly with people I've never even met before until that day. And of course adding more bruises to the original one on my knee. The biggest challenge was to show emotions to something that I've never experienced before, but I was actually having a rough couple of days, and an emotional morning along with a long day of work. I was able to use my pain, for that part. I was able to express my struggles in my actual life, into this strong and powerful music video.

If you could give someone who’s interested in acting a piece of advice, what would tell him/her?

My acting advice, it's only difficult if you make it difficult. Think deep within yourself and you will find the character. If you don't believe in your character, why would anyone else?

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Lysanias Pakou Yang
Maiden, North Carolina

How long have you been acting? Do you have plans to act in future productions?

I actually never had any professional acting gigs before, just here and there for school during high school. Like many others individuals like myself, I believe we are all stars just waiting to be found and to shine out. It's not easy to get into the acting world whether it is within the Hmong community or Hollywood. You really have to know the right people and constantly put yourself out there. I would love to continue pursuing acting in the future and take on role out of my comfort zone. You know, just to feel the challenge and allow myself to grow through the experience.

What drew you to audition for Pagnia Xiong’s Hluav Taws music video?

First and foremost, I always loved Pagnia Xiong's music and so this opportunity was like a golden ticket to get to work side by side with my favorite artist. I mean who wouldn't take the chance, right?  Lol...I was still kinda shy and unsure, but my good friend Nancy, tagged me on the casting call and when you have someone who believes in you, that really makes a difference. So thank you, Nancy, for the push of encouragement and believing in me. When I first read the script for Hnub's part, I felt a tug in my heart because this role hit so close to home for me and when I was practicing her part at home before the audition, I feel like I was actually HNUB - living in the moments of fear, hurt, and determined to stand back up on my feet and face life. I think once a role hits so close to your heart and you can feel the energy flow through you, even if you're nervous and shy, your heart will constantly whisper to you "give it a try." 

Name one highlight and one challenge you took away after the production.

I was kinda worried I might cry for real on the set, but I ended up doing pretty well (I think). I realized that I have really moved on from my past. I can re-live in the moments like Hnub, but this time no more real tears.

If you could give someone who’s interested in acting a piece of advice, what would tell him/her?

Live in the moment of the character.  Be natural. 

We've all seen fighting scenes where we definitely tell the characters are over doing it, like when the good guy does a little kick and the bad guy goes flying 10 yards, lol. Be yourself with a dose of the character; don't over act it and let your role naturally flow through you.

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*I noticed a lot of our Hmong women in their mid-40s have dark spots. Therefore, I'll be launching my first make-up tutorial on how to cover dark spots on middle-aged Hmong women soon.

Meet the Hluav Taws Cast: Part 2

Putting out a casting call for my first ever original music video seemed daunting at the time. Yet as everything unfolded, it was one of the most inspiring parts of producing the Hluav Taws music video.

As auditions and interests came from all over the US, I soon realized how passionate my Hmong brothers and sisters are in acting. I'm truly grateful to have shared this "first" with six incredibly passionate and kind actors, and am pleased to present them to you in this 3-part series.

Note: This is Part 2 of the "Meet the Hluav Taws Cast" series.

Meet the Hluav Taws Cast: Part 1

Meet the Hluav Taws Cast: Part 2

Meet the Hluav Taws Cast: Part 3


Yumie Her
Charlotte, North Carolina

How long have you been acting? Do you have plans to act in future productions?

I grew up making amateur home videos for fun, but I stopped once I moved to CA in 2009. I joined M'kay Family Films in 2015 when I moved back to NC and have been with them since. I haven't gotten casted to play a main role in a film yet, but I hope to in the future. Although acting isn't my number one passion, it is something I still look forward to.

What drew you to audition for Pagnia Xiong’s Hluav Taws music video?

The first thing that drew me to audition for Pagnia Xiong's Hluav Taws music video was Pagnia herself. If it was someone else, I would have probably hesitated to email about the audition. I became a big fan of Pagnia when I met her in person at the J4 Tournament in 2016. Out of all other Hmong artist, she was the only one who asked for my name and signed it on her CD I bought. From what I saw, she greets her fans with a big smile and takes the time to conversate. A little acknowledgement from her to a fan like me, made a huge impression. She showed me how humble and amazing she was. I wouldn't dare miss an opportunity to work with her, especially when it's within the state I live in.

Besides being able to have an opportunity to work with her, the second thing that made me want to even send in my audition was the roles itself. When I received the details of the music video, I knew I wanted to do it and I prayed I'll get the role I had my eyes set on. It was a role I can relate to. I'm happy to say, I got it!

Name one highlight and one challenge you took away after the production.

One of my highlight from this film was actually being able to enjoy my time while working with everyone. I loved how we kept it fun yet professional. Without a great team and directors, there wouldn't be much of a highlight. We all need motivation and encouragement from each other to keep us going.

One of the challenges for me was being able to play the victim and not cry on set when it's not time to cry yet. Through years of hardships and experiences in my life, I noticed I've become really sensitive. Sometime it’s hard to control my own feelings when I'm so into the character. I know because it has happened once before in a film I was in. This time around I was able to control it better and overcome it. The first take is always the hardest for me.

If you could give someone who’s interested in acting a piece of advice, what would tell him/her?

An advice I would give to someone who is interested in acting is that you must know how to make face expressions and body language. This is more towards visual. It’ll bring your character to life. Stand in front of a mirror and practice as much as needed, and then record yourself to see how well you do.

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Nkauj Duab Vaj
Hiddenite, North Carolina

How long have you been acting? Do you have plans to act in future productions?

Acting in Pagnia Xiong's music video, Hluav Taws, is my very first time acting. It has always been a passion of mine, and I plan to act in future productions to get more experience. 

What drew you to audition for Pagnia Xiong’s Hluav Taws music video?

Like I mentioned before, acting has always been something that I loved and wanted to try, but I have never actually put myself out there to experience it. So, when I heard that Pagnia was looking for a cast for her Hluav Taws music video in North Carolina, I decided to audition and give it a try. Also, before auditioning for Pagnia's Hluav Taws music video, I have seen her interview of her song Hluav Taws, and the message/story behind the song. 

It was actually ironic of how I found the video and the song. I stumbled upon her video and the song right when I was going through what Pagnia was saying. It was as if Pagnia had written Hluav Taws just for me, and every word from her was exactly the feelings and thoughts inside of me. Especially when she said, "It's about seeing that one person, that you never ever want to see ever again in your life because they've done you so wrong, that you just hope that they perish, from your life." 

Listening to the song actually let me let out my anger, and made me feel strong from within. I felt that the song lyrics gave me strength to go on, and helped me get back on my feet. It made me realize that I could use the negative energy inside of me to become a stronger person because "kuv zaj dab neeg tsis tau xaus qhov koj ua txhaum." Therefore, when I heard that Pagnia was looking for casts for her Hluav Taws music video, I wanted to experience acting, and because this particular song was exactly my story during a short period of time. 

Name one highlight and one challenge you took away after the production.

So in the production, I played the role of a bully, Kab. When I first learned that I will be playing the bully, I thought, "this is going to be a challenge because I have never bullied anyone in my life before". Sure enough, onset, I felt that I was not fully playing out my role as a bully. I felt that in the first few takes, I was kind of too nice to be seen as a bully, and although I know that it was only acting, I still thought hard about my actions and words.

I remembered for my part of scene two, I had to slammed down my victim's book, which was Suabnag, played by Yumie Her. It was the first take of scene two, and I slammed my hand on the book very hard, too hard, that the room became silent as the book clash onto the ground and everyone froze, myself included. At that moment, I felt like I wasn't breathing and was scared that I might have hurt Yumie's hand from using too much force. Then after that, Pagnia challenged me to use harsh words and actions towards my victim. It was difficult for me because that isn't who I am, and my legs were slightly shaking as I was acting out my part.

However, what I took away from the production is that, at the end of the day, everyone is rejoiced and comes together like a big family. Also, the challenges that we face, we will overcome them. For me, it was kind of difficult because I am not a bully, but I tried my best to deliver the message to the audience that I am the bully in the video.

Also, if anyone ever see me in public, don't feel that I am the bully, Kab, from the video because I am not. I am actually very nice, so don't feel as if you must hide or run away when you see me. 

If you could give someone who’s interested in acting a piece of advice, what would tell him/her?

It was my first time acting, so I don't have a lot of advice, but for anyone who is interested in acting, my advice is to be confident in yourself and become the character of your role. Even if that role is the total opposite of you, know that it is all just an act because at the end of the day, you are you, and not the character that you brought to life. I learned this from everyone in Pagnia's music video Hluav Taws, and that is my advice to everyone who is interested in acting. I wish everyone the best and always remember "DREAM BIG," as Pagnia always says! 

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Meet the Hluav Taws Cast: Part 1

Putting out a casting call for my first ever original music video seemed daunting at the time. Yet as everything unfolded, it was one of the most inspiring parts of producing the Hluav Taws music video.

As auditions and interests came from all over the US, I soon realized how passionate my Hmong brothers and sisters are in acting. I'm truly grateful to have shared this "first" with six incredibly passionate and kind actors, and am pleased to present them to you in this 3-part series.

Note: This is Part 1 of the "Meet the Hluav Taws Cast" series.

Meet the Hluav Taws Cast: Part 1

Meet the Hluav Taws Cast: Part 2

Meet the Hluav Taws Cast: Part 3


VUE PAO LEE
Greensboro, North Carolina

How long have you been acting? Do you have plans to act in future productions?

I have played some minor characters in plays back in high school during my International Club days. It started in the year 2005 when the International Club started "The Big Show." Organizing and practicing scripts was some of the most frustrating and fun times during high school. That was about 10 years ago. I do plan on acting some more in the future if the opportunity presents itself.

What drew you to audition for Pagnia Xiong’s Hluav Taws music video?

I auditioned for a role in the Hluav Taws music video because it was an opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone, meet new people, and to challenge myself in a role that I couldn't see myself at this point in time. It was also an opportunity for me to work with Kong, Pagnia, and a bunch of people from North Carolina on a project that is very meaningful to a bunch of people around the globe.

Name one highlight and one challenge you took away after the production.

One highlight that I took away from the production is being able to work with a couple of my friends and being able to meet new people. A challenge I took away from the production is remembering everything that is going on during the set: taking notice of where the camera is at all times, remembering your lines all at the same time trying to stay in character at all times (facial expression, body language, etc.).

If you could give someone who’s interested in acting a piece of advice, what would tell him/her?

If I can give one advice to anyone who is interested in acting, it would be, do not be afraid of what others think of how you act. No one starts out being the best actor/actress. Everyone started at the bottom and work their way up. It is the same for everything else. If it is your passion and dream, pursue it and make it come true.


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KRISTY MEEGE HER
Clover, South Carolina

How long have you been acting? Do you have plans to act in future productions?

I've been acting since I was 6 years old, but only for homemade videos, so I don't think that counts? But if you mean to ask if I have acted outside family home videos, than no, I haven't act before till joining this production. This is my first time. As for acting in the future, I don't think I am planning to act anytime soon but I'm keeping my options open and if an opportunity arrives, I won't hesitate to take it.

What drew you to audition for Pagnia Xiong’s Hluav Taws music video?

What drew me to audition was being a fan of Pagnia's. And what also drew me to audition was because I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try something new.

Name one highlight and one challenge you took away after the production.

One highlight of being a part of this production was getting to meet new people and coming to an understanding that it takes a lot of effort and hard work to make a scene come to life but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy what you do. I enjoyed filming the scenes and had fun doing something different and out of my comfort zone. And I think a challenge I took away from this production was that while I act it is not just my "acting skills" that can bring the scene come to life, but it is the effort of everyone and the support from my acting partner. You can't show chemistry or show any emotions if both you and your partner don't work together as a team and through this I was challenged to learn and help my partner act out as well as my partner is helping me. I'm still trying to improve myself and skills, so it's a challenge we all have to face in doing anything that's put in front of or ahead of us.

If you could give someone who’s interested in acting a piece of advice, what would tell him/her?

If I could give any advice, I would give this: not all actors and actresses can act, but if you want something you go for it. If you don't even try, you won't ever know if you can or not. So don't be afraid to be afraid because we all are in anything we do but what makes us braver is by giving our best and doing our best. Even when you feel like you gave it your all and feel like it didn't go as you want. The whole purpose is you try and so you won't have any regrets later.

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