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2016 Storms

The day before 2017, I reflected on the year that’s past, and the word that came to mind was Storms. It was initially quite negative, but sitting here with a hangover in 2017, they were brilliant storms and I have enjoyed most of them. CAREER For the first time in my life I performed a stand up solo show¬†with 50 minutes of content at the Melbourne International Comedy festival. Hives and all, the storms were much needed. TV was a big thing this year too.   SCHOOL For the first time 11 years I went back to school….and damn it… They were brilliant storms. You know in the movies you see big waves and you can’t see in front of you, and then you see the rain disappear and then sun. Magically.   MONEY I left my Community Development job in July after 8 years. I started Ubering. Money will always be hard. Minimalise. TRAVEL I am always so surprised how much travelling I do. California with my mum, and the image of Yosemite National Forest still takes my breath away. MOFO in Tassie were intense stimulation and Palangkaraya slowed down my brain and gave me retrospect of the green world, and how we live in it. LOVE This morning I woke up and looked at my instagram account and saw all the beautiful people who have graced me with their dancing, smiles and laughter. The friends who have held me together when I fell apart, and those you let me fall so I can learn more of myself. Emotionally 2016 was a horrible year, and I will try...

Hollywood Glamour – NAKED

Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce to you my friend and photographer – Evie Lynn from www.evielynn.com who took these AMAZING photos of me. ¬†Over the year, I’ve looked at her photos and been envious. Why can’t I do this? In November, I had to find a title for my show, and with help from a friend (thanks Greg) suggested NAKED. Then I thought what is naked? What does it mean? What am I scared of… and I realised I was scared of myself. My own beauty. I know I am a nice and beautiful person inside, but it has taken me a long time to reach here. So fast forward to a booked trip to LA this year, it just seemed right, that at this stage in my life I needed to take care of myself. Feel Beautiful and Sexy everywhere. How do you tell yourself you are beautiful and sexy? I have always felt average. Normal looking. I have improved my style over the years, but I didn’t feel exceptional. I have to say breakups are great for reincarnations. Those times make you look in the mirror with those red eyes and same clothes you wore 2 days in a row and say, “I need to be better than this.” From my first headshot 11 years ago to the woman I am now, I still struggle to look sexy. Why because I have a big smile, and laugh, and once I open my mouth it is joyous and not sexy. Look, wearing Harry Potter glasses, wide hips for a typical Vietnamese girl and no joke...

Daily Telegraph Interview Jan 31st 2016- Ethnic Entertainment

I was recently interviewed by Jordan Baker from the Sydney Daily Telegraph regarding Ethnic Entertainment. As a female comedian funny person it was great to have a voice in the conversation. Thanks to fellow comedian Jennifer Wong for the hook up. My question is, if we took out the “Ethnic” out Ethnic Entertainment, what makes our story different from the Australian narrative? It is Australian. Sunday 31st of January 2016 – “WOG comics laugh all the way to the BANK.” www.dailytelegraph.com.au/…/56c6874ccb5f7d1627ae7b14295dc344 If you don’t have access., it is all good....

Hi. I’m an Artist.

Hi. I’m an Artist. I made a choice to be one when I finished university 10 years ago. It hasn’t been easy forging a career as an artist. ie random gig payments…, trying to tell mum I made the right decision. But it is a choice. It is a choice that I work odd hours and have days off while people have 9-5 jobs. I’ve had over 20 job titles in the last 13 years. Imagine filling in the rental application and stating what my financial weekly income is or what my job is this week. It makes me happy. Most days. On Tuesday while working in my retail job to get me through the slow summer, I received a reply email from a festival in Adelaide that had invited Phi and Me to perform. This was months of chasing up with the directors and producers on when we would receive our artist payment. The email read, “A…F… is now in voluntary administration. Please contact the administrator.” I look at my phone…walked away my retail work area. Walked to the toilets. Sat on the cubical and cried. 5 mins later I left and I continued to serve customers with sore red eyes and my sweet smile channelling, “Don’t look me in the eyes.” I am angry. I am upset. I feel taken advantaged of. I am still the actor with less than a couple of grand in my bank account. What is also more upsetting that my team who took off work to come Adelaide are also at a loss. I’m the producer. I organised it. Apparently other artists...

Chortle Review of Phi and Me 2011

Another erased review – by the Chortle Australia and NZ comedy guide http://au.chortle.com/shows/melbourne_2011/p/18873/phi_%26_me/review Phi and Me is a gorgeous, laugh-out-loud play based on a short story by one of its lead actresses Diana Nguyen about the trials of growing up as a second generation Vietnamese Australian. The short story was called Five Ways to Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mother, which gives you an idea of where some of the humour is coming from – although plenty flows in reverse, too, stemming from how mums can be embarrassing. Fiona Chau gives a brillantly nuanced comic performance of the put upon, yet sassy and mischievous, teenage boy Phi. He tried to fit in with his Aussie friends and be a good boy doing this homework while the chaos is whipped up around him by his domineering mother Kim. Nguyen gives a stellar performance as the over-the-top Kim, getting huge laughs from the moment she interrupts her son’s opening stand-up routine by loudly taking a phone call in the audience. Phi’s mother could be seen as a bit of a monster, beating her son for misbehaving or bad marks at school, using Phi to brag to friends and relatives, completely disregarding his needs, scornful of his dreams of being a comedy star and singing badly at the drop of a hat. Kim is vain, violet, obstinate and controlling, but she is also damned...

Am I funny without Phi and Me?

So. I’ve been contemplating a lot of things lately. Am I funny? Am I funny without Phi and Me? Am I funny without Kim Huong? Yes I am going through a comedy crisis. I’ve been so consumed by this character and show, that I think I am not funny anymore. I am not good at telling stories, and I am scared of suspenseful things, and yes I am an actor. I am more than the accent and my mother. I am Diana. There has been a curiosity for me to extend myself and move away from Phi and Me. In 2012 and 2013, I created two new shows called “Singing 5 ways to disappoint your Vietnamese mother” and “Viet Kieu, The No 1 Australian Vietnamese Outcast.” I am scared, and I self doubt myself. I got an email alert from Moosehead Awards, which is a organisation that supports the development of new shows for MICF. I had an urge, a tingle. Maybe do a show about me. About the characters in Diana’s life. We shall see. Due date is this Wednesday. Need to grow...