Welcome to The Life of Felicia Hom

Currently revamping for the Internet audience's pleasure!

A Short Screenshot of my Acting

Acting is one of my long-neglected childhood passions and dreams and I have only recently come to resurrect it.

A Brief Glimpse of my Journey around the World

I've been to over a dozen different countries and traveled mostly by myself. It was one of the most enriching and independent experiences of my life. Above is Cesky Krumlov.

I Ain't Gonna Live Forever!

Here is my inaugural intro post, posted in December 2010. I have since moved back to Los Angeles.

Acting Is my Long Lost Love

Or so I wrote back in October 2010. Pictured above is me as Titania, in rehearsal for BITE's Shakespeare Reveries.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Finally a Flash of Me on National Television

Fancy title of a post I have here, but don't be fooled! I still am far from even having a small bit part on a TV show - just getting those auditions is a trek for the newbies like me. However, you may have seen my previous posts about the un-glamorous life in the background. I'm pleased to report that my work has finally come to fruition on television!

This Friday (yesterday), I was on the set on Grey's Anatomy for the third time in a week. I ended my day by going to the gym - with the memory that the episode of CSI:NY I had worked on back in early October was airing tonight! So, I stayed at the gym to watch the episode. I only appeared for a very split second in the beginning, but there I was craning my eyes to see a familiar flash of me on the screen as I pounded my legs down on the elliptical. And so...I caught a glimpse of myself (with bad posture, no less)! And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the very first time I actually saw myself on network television as it was airing. A small step, but a step indeed! How exciting! Of course, if you weren't specifically looking for me, you'd barely notice the Asian chick in her black suit checking out the crime scene before the judge gets gunned down.

There, do you see me?
To update my list of shows I've been an extra body for, I can add popular shows such as House, Criminal Minds, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother and Ringer. Of course, I probably won't be seen on air in light of the unfortunate out-of-frame placements and blurry background crosses. I might be visible in a couple holiday episodes of Grey's and Chuck, but I guess I'll have to wait until December for those.

If anyone spots me as Leena Cook on We the People or as myself chowing a cupcake down on Cupcake Wars, do let me know. I am poor at keeping tabs on my possible other instances of gracing the television screen.

Of course, I have some catching up to do in terms of building real television credits. The industry is all about credits! But in the meantime, I'm still there.

In my post "Life in the Background," I mentioned I was in a CF (long Korean commercial/story) with Korean superstar Lee Minho. Here is the brief moment in which you can see me in the same frame! I have a Toyota watermark on my face.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Say No to Asian Stereotypes!

Part of my ultimate goal in being in actress is to be a strong representative of Asian Americans in the media. Yes, there is that all too distant goal of being the first Asian American to win Best Actress, but I'll set my sights on goals I can more readily achieve for the time being.

It is to my great dismay when I see casting calls, breakdowns, or even sides which call for demeaning Asian stereotypes. Just recently I saw one breakdown saying "You must be okay with playing this stereotypical Asian role." Excuse me? I may be a no-name actress, but that's not okay. Is it okay to post something like "You must be okay with playing this stereotypical Black role"? No, it's not. But in this current day and age, some people still think that having stereotypical broken-English speaking Asian immigrants is funny and something Asian actors would be happy to portray.

I volunteered this past weekend at the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) 20th Anniversary Gala at Union Station. Besides devolving into a shy and flustered fan at the meeting of Harry Shum, Jr (Mike Chang on Glee), I met another Asian working actor who had been on the pilot of New Girl. He was very happy about how his role was just to play a dick - a straight-up dick, no Asian reference attached. While at first I thought that was a strange thing to be happy about, I realize he was very right to be happy. It's a great feeling to be able to portray a role which doesn't somehow mock or heavily reference your ethnicity.

Totally was too shy to meet him!
I want to one day help build the strong presence of Asian Americans in Hollywood and tear down the stereotypes. I'm an Asian American whether I like it or not - and I have an inherent obligation to my community. A friend commented saying that I should just find the humor in the stereotypical roles and accept self-deprecation, but I completely disagree. I don't mind putting myself (as in me, Felicia Hom, personally) down, but I do mind putting an entire culture down and putting down hard-working immigrants who probably have had the weight of the world on their shoulders. I'm not even the most politically correct person out there - but I can't take part in shitting on my own community.

The CAPE Gala! Photo by my dear friend Steven Lam!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Filming "Medium"

This past birthday weekend of mine, I worked on the short film "Medium." All of it was shot on 35 mm film. A promotional video for the project is embedded here below, with actual story info located here on its fundraising page:

I played the supporting role of Blondie. And for your picture hungry eyes, here are a couple of photos of me in make-up on set:

I also delivered all of my lines in Cantonese - which was a trip since my Mandarin is definitely much better. So, it was my first Canto film! Woohoo! It was a fun project to work on. 

The director, Sean, also graciously sent me a few stills from the film, currently in post-production:
One big happy HK family?
Oh la la!

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