Exclusive Interview with Resa
Hi Resa! Great to have you here!
Hello! Thanks for having me!
How do you manage artist life and normal life?
Balancing the two is not the easiest for me. As an artist, I’m constantly thinking about when my next audition is, or memorizing lines, music, and choreography. I have to actively give myself permission to unwind and let my artist side take a break. I love to watch movies, cook, and work on fun craft projects to take my mind off of my busy life as an artist.
What do you see as the most important habits of successful people?
Passion. I think that there is no success without the drive. This is a business where things don’t get handed to you. You have to work incredibly hard for it. And even when you do have a job, you have to continue to be driven in order to create good art.
What has been the biggest game-changer in your career thus far?
I don’t necessarily see one project as a game-changer. To me, each project is like a stepping stone, leading my career to the next step and developing connections. However, getting to play Ruki Minami in White Pearl at Studio Theatre in DC was a significant part of my career. It was my first time playing a Japanese character and that felt very special to me as a Japanese actor. Also getting to play a lead role at a well-known theatre while being surrounded by talented Asian artists was an incredible experience.
What does it mean to you, to be authentic?
To be authentic is to truly be yourself. As an actor, I’m always putting myself in another character’s shoes, but at the core, I’m still being Resa. What makes your portrayal of a role unique is the underlying humanity you can bring to the role.
Who or what lifts you up when you feel like you cannot?
I’m so lucky to have a wonderful support system of friends, family, and colleagues who believe in me and my talent. But also, my love for the performing arts is a big driving force for me. Whenever I feel down, I watch a new musical or a new movie, and I’m instantly inspired.
Two words to describe your style…
Athletic and optimistic. Growing up as a gymnast, I was super athletic and I like to bring that aspect to my dancing and acting too. I’m an optimist and I think that positive energy and brightness often shine through in my performances.
Is there anything, in particular, that you are looking forward to in 2021?
I have a few projects lined up and I hope COVID will not get in the way of them. But more importantly, I’m interested in how the industry will change coming out of the pandemic. I’m hopeful that the archaic audition systems like cattle calls will be reviewed and that the industry as a whole can work on providing equal representation.
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