I started singing karaoke since I was 10 years old back in Hong Kong with my parents. Then, one day, I saw a poster for a school talent show. At the time, I’ve been watching and listening to music from Ricky Martin and one of his songs, “She Bangs”, had a unique catchy tune that I couldn’t resist. I decided to perform this song and somehow I won!
That’s why when I heard how American Idol auditions will be coming to San Francisco, I got excited. I knew I wanted to audition but I had to keep that a secret because I knew my parents would never approve. They would think I am never good enough. But I secretly went for it anyway and somehow my audition went viral!
I was able to get hundreds of opportunities for performances and interviews. I even got a record contract and last year, Ricky Martin and I finally performed together at Monte Carlo Las Vegas!
Throughout these years, people tell me they believe it was because of one choice I made: the decision to stay positive during my American Idol audition.
2. What advice would you give to a young person who wants to follow your footsteps?
Do what makes you happy and never give up your dreams. I traveled and performed full-time for 4 years but I couldn’t sustain myself. Then, I had to find a day job to keep myself afloat. However, I have never given up my dreams as an entertainer and inspirational speaker. I am taking advantage of every opportunity and make the most of it.
3. What do you do to keep balance as a celebrity?
The funny thing is I don’t really see myself as a celebrity. I see myself as another regular person. I think the hardest thing for me is to be always grateful for what I have. This does not mean I should become complacent. However, being grateful for what I have allow me to stay humble so I can continue to grow.
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