Kate Liu, Sales & Advertising Intern
Gina Groesbeck, Sales & Marketing Intern
Lights, cameras and scripts make up some of the elements of acting. While some people want to stay behind the scenes, others want to shine center staged. Parry Shen found his passion for acting late in his academic career but is living out his dreams today.
Asian and Asian American actors are often overlooked and not given the same opportunities in the acting field. However, in recent years, producers are starting to recognize talents amongst Asian minorities, like Parry Shen, and bringing their talents to the spotlight.
What do you think is the most important soft skill or leadership skill that you’ve developed and want to instill in the next generation?
Leading by example without cynicism and with enthusiasm has been what works for me over my 20 year career. I’ve found that it covers the widest range of the varying personalities in the workforce. Those who are on the same page as I am, they’re excited that they found someone that works just as hard as they do and are excited that they found that partner in crime in trying to find solutions and work together. I’ve been in workplaces where people bond and think it’s funny by being cynical and rolling their eyes, but it’s just unhealthy. What makes cynicism so damaging to a team environment is that it’s so subversive. It’s not outright being said-it’s sneaky and doesn’t create a good situation. Just leading by example, being excited, and being here because you want to be here, is contagious....
Ei is the current Operations Intern for Asian Student Achievement. She is pursuing an Associate degree in Business Administration