OH GOD IT’S HAPPENING
First of all, bless you Anon Y. Mous, for following me for so damn long, I dunno how you managed. Secondly, thank you for being so nice as to ask me about me. Really! I guess I don’t normally volunteer much information about myself because, one, I’m actually pretty shy, and two…despite me being all fanboyish and geeky, the fact is that there really is a big age disparity between me and a lot of tumblr (I’m 29) so I always feel a bit awkward being TOO open with the locals because, I dunno, it might come across a bit weird? BECAUSE I’M OLD, and also a guy, so…
I know, I know…”get over it,” etc etc. And I try! Which is why I appreciate folks like you asking about me anyway! Because lord knows I like to hear the sound of my own voice. So without further ado, a boring biography that is mine:
I was born in Taiwan and came to California when I was six years old. Because I didn’t speak the language for a couple years, I ended up being really shy when I was little, and a lot of that still persists. But y’know what I really loved? Fucking ANIME THEME SONGS. I would sing those a LOT around the house — everything from Sailor Moon to Ranma 1/2 songs (and this kid turned out gay? THIS SHOCKS EVERYONE) — so I knew I liked singing, so then I joined our school’s choir and actually started to have friends and become the snarky asshole that I am today. Y’know Glee? That was me. Y’know Tina? That was me. I didn’t date Mike though, more’s the pity.
So I went to college in UC Santa Cruz to study music. They had a pretty strong opera program there so, believe it or not, I have a gorram degree in opera singing. And I actually did manage to get parts in several shows in the Bay Area, and a ton of my friends are still doing that, so I still take lessons and try to keep up with that stuff.
The problem with a singing career is that, well, it’s about as difficult to make money as people always say. Most people have some sort of day job to go right along with their shady night job of dressing up in tights and singing about shit. And for me personally — this is gonna sound a lot like whining, but bear with me — as a short Asian guy, there’s a really specific…type of role…that you get pigeonholed into. Opera has become really progressive and modern in a lot of ways no one ever expected, but in a lot of other ways opera is still pretty old school, and one of those ways is that it wholly believes in “typecasting.” To be absolutely blunt and to make a long story short, there’s always going to be someone whiter and taller than me to play the romantic leads and the charming protagonists.
It got a little draining on me. If you’ve ever read my Glee reviews, y’know how I’m always blabbing about broken dreams and whatever? That was me. I could get steady work as creepy moneylenders or comical notaries for the rest of my life. But if I’m gonna do that, I’m gonna want a day job that I absolutely love. So I went back to school to study digital art and computer animation, with a focus on game design. ‘Cause if it hasn’t been clear until now? As a young lad, I was weaned at the supple teat of manga and raised by fat Italian plumbers with turtle fetishes. In hindsight, I may have leaned towards this sort of work because it’s a field where being a short Asian nerd might actually work in my favor instead of against. It doesn’t mean I’ve given up on music, it just means I’m trying to get another career stabilized first.
So as of right now, I’m a computer animator, working freelance for a motion capture project…which is nice because I can keep my own schedule, but not so nice that it’s not really stable work and I have periods in between projects when I don’t really have income and I start to freak out that I’m not in an office working 9-5 because oh god is this what being an adult is like because it’s TERRIBLE and I still have to mooch off my parents like a poor person a lot of the time oh GOD. Leave it to me to go from one job where it’s hella hard to make money to another job where it’s equally hard to make money. But it’s okay! Because I know these are just stepping stones to the day when I run Dreamworks with an iron fist and every one of their movies stop being filled with sassy talking animals and start being filled with sassy talking butts.
I guess that’s mostly it; everything else about me is pretty much encapsulated in being a total fucking nerd. I love TV shows. I love movies. One of my favorite things to do is to get with a bunch of people, get completely drunk off our asses, and go watch a terrible movie in the theaters like Twilight or something with Ashton Kutcher. I’ve also been trying to force people to watch Starkid shows, with…fairly limited success tbh!
Anything else you’re curious about, please feel free to ask! I mean, again, I don’t volunteer a lot of info on my own initiative because what the hell am I right?…but don’t take that to mean it bothers me at all if people ask me things.
(Also oh my GOD I’d forgotten about that drunken video asdfghjkl;)
- klainelynch said: This was so awesome to read! You really don’t post many personal things but you’re one of my favorite people here so this was really cool :)
- imawhat said: oooo i did not know you sang! also woo old people lol although im 24 so i should probably stop saying im old. I FEEL OLD IN MY POOR BONES
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