Born as Lareina Joelle Wong, Lareina has and continues to live a multicultural life. She was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has lived in Hong Kong, San Diego, and currently, Los Angeles, as well as traveled abroad to many cities across mainland China, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Netherlands.
Artistically talented, Lareina Joelle developed an advanced fluency of music at a young age, later transferring her talents to a variety of instruments and various art media.
Lareina embraces planning. Her consistent drive and acceptance for nothing, but excellence is clearly apparent by completing high school at the age of 16, and graduating university with her B.A. at the unusual age of 19.
Curious as a child, she experimenting with film, but it wasn’t until college that she discovered and embraced her passion for storytelling in the art of filmmaking.
In 2008, at 16 years of age and simultaneously completing high school as well as studying at a local college, Lareina was nominated for an Emmy Award for her Student Short Film, Voir Dire by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Fall of 2010, she began her undergraduate film studies at California State University Long Beach focusing in Film Direction. During that period directing several short films; The Psychiatrist, Mother’s Love, and additionally was awarded the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grant for her last undergraduate film, Geneius, which she wrote, directed and edited.
Upon graduating in 2012 with her B.A. in Narrative Film Production, ‘Cum Laude’ honors, Lareina has directed and edited numerous projects consisting of narrative films (features and shorts), documentaries, series, promotional, commercial and corporate videos.
Although Lareina has had many accomplishments thus far, she continues to challenge herself to become an excellent filmmaker while continuing her pursuit to become a director for major motion pictures. Therefore, in the Fall of 2014, Lareina will be continuing her film and career education by attending graduate school at the renown USC Cinematic School of Arts to attain her M.F.A. in Film & Television Production.
Clearly, Lareina is Art, Energy and Commitment. She has the unique gift of vision and talent to convert her mental lens-imagery to film.