Julie Taymour, the director of Titus / Frieda / The Broadway Musical,
THE LION KING. She is amazingly talented and has a wonderful sense
of movement in her directing. She is able to present grotesque images
in a stylized and poignant way. I have always been a fan of her work.
She's someone I always think about.
My dad is a role model for business. He is unafraid to risk but
does so with careful consideration.
My mom is a role model for life. She is strong and powerful with
kindness wrapped around it all.
What do you feel is the various responsibilities of people who are looked
upon as role models, such as yourself?
ANN ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A "ROLE MODEL"
give people options on ways of being. To give people choices
other than the typical images that sells so many products. I
think it is important to help educate people about the façade
of our business, to expose the fact that we are all people
and in that sense, we are not so different from anyone else.
To speak candidly, to inspire . . . But it is also important to remind
people that we each have our own persona, our own way of being.
And it is our differences that make each of us special, whether
they are subtle or not.
When one views your work (i.e. dance, acting, producing, directing, choreographing,
etc.), what impression and/or emotion should the audience be able to receive?
Just that there is emotion. For
each person it will be different I hope but I usually often work with
joy….from joy to create joy.
on Accomplishing Goals
"There are so many ways to do it, but basically you
just keep trying," she says. "But be realistic and after a while
stop knocking on the door that won't open and knock on the ones
you're confident will."
What is a common denominator that one can see in everything that you participate
CARRIE ANN INABA: How important movement and the
cultivation of movement /and or lack of it is in everything, whether it
be posture and the way good posture helps with self esteem, the way body's
communicate with each other, the way people can sense themselves if they
just let their body's lead every once in a while rather than just their
mind. Mind/Body….Body/Mind. I think they are equal in the role they play
in our lives and that in general if we nurture our body knowledge/health/movement…etc.,
we could live even richer more fulfilling lives.
If a picture can tell a thousand words, which image(s) of you would allow
people the privileged of seeing what drives your various passions and
CARRIE ANN INABA: I have this one photo of myself
when I am about 2 years old. My dad is holding me up while I am going
to the bathroom. I have this look like I'm not sure what's going on here
but I should definitely go with it. I love this photo…That is still me.
three words would best describe the essence of your soul, passion and
life - and why?
Alive * Strong * Weak *
I am alive…and I love being alive. Life is beautiful and exciting.
I feel that I am strong and then I am weak as well. And it creates
a nice balance…I am curious about life and living…and I am grateful
that you took the time to have this interview with me.
There is so much to say about life. Each day it changes. Subtly,
things are always shifting inside of me. I live and learn and
change with each breath. I hope it is the same for everyone else
as well. That we all live and learn and change and grow…
luck with everything. . . . Everything….
US ASIANS: We, at US Asians, would
like to extend our personal thanks for the privilege of discovering the
many creative passions that drives your artistry through this interview.
It is our hope that your willingness to embrace the responsibilities of
being a successful "role model" for Asian Pacific Americans
and Americans - along with sharing the fire the fuels your creative passions,
will be a motivating force for those talented (Asian/Asian Pacific
American/American) artists that seeks a blueprint on how to successfully
pursue their goals while quickly bypassing Hollywood's "Yellow
Ceiling" and/or the general public's perception of the
It is our hope that the guidance that you've provided through this interview will develop more visionary artists such as David Henry Hwang, Lea Salonga, Unsuk Chin, Daniel Dae Kim and others for the general public/Hollywood to discover. Your ability to articulate well your views is deeply appreciated and look
forward with great anticipation of supporting of your present (i.e.
"Dancing with the Stars") and future endeavors (upcoming
projects that you are producing).
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