In the latest #NotYourAverage video, TV Host and Actress Ellie Lee takes Julie Young through the ups and downs of her journey as woman of color in the media industry. Now the Digital Host for iHeartRadio, Lee opens about the hardest moments in her career, including her 4-month long on-camera audition for VH1 and “going back to nothing” after “living the life” as a Host on VH1. Find out what it took for this shy girl from Bergen County, NJ to become the successful TV host she is today.
In our latest installment of the Not Your Average series, host Julie Young sits down with Donnie Kwak, the East Coast Bureau Chief at The Ringer, an up-and-coming sports, pop culture, and tech website. He discusses growing up in Glenmont, Md., with immigrant parents — his mom an ESL teacher, his dad a foreign services officer for the U.S. government. Kwak also shares his love for hip-hop and why his most significant relationship is with his therapist.
HeeSun Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1983, and was adopted by a Chinese American family. You may have heard her rap on the Korean TV program Show Me the Money. Growing up as an adoptee, she felt stereotyped by other Koreans, which led her to write about what she was going through in her music. She shares how the experience shaped her journey in finding who she is.
Peter Chun, formerly with YG, talks about how he became interested in the music industry in high school, what it’s like to be the bridge and oversee Korean artists in the US, and why the job isn’t as glamorous as it seems.
Justin Chon, director of the film Gook, talks about why doing what you love is more important than leaving behind a legacy. He also shares why it was impossible to dream of being an actor while growing up as an Asian American. “I know what I’m capable of, which is so much more than what I’ve been allowed to do.”