For most of my life, I was an extremely emotional Korean American kid who moved all over from multiple places in the U.S., South Korea, and back again. Throughout this whole time, I had major cultural identity & daddy issues and thus they were just sublime ingredients of a prime candidate to be infected in the world of acting.
I definitely had my fun with it through my time in high school at Seoul Foreign High School but my passion in the arts didn’t become solidified until I attended College of William & Mary. It was here when alongside the only Asian theatre professor in my college, we co-created a diverse performing arts group to put up original and established works written & directed by people of color artists. We also co-created the Asian American Studies major to which I have become the pioneer major. Since I graduated in 2009, it has grown into an official major & minor program with a faculty staff focused on that field.
I didn’t end up going into my next phase of life after graduation until 2010 (during which I got high with my awesome roommate on a daily basis and worked at Chili’s) and it was then I moved straight to Los Angeles to not only pursue an acting career but also simultaneously defending my decision to my parents who wanted me to be a lawyer because they feared I would live & die in a box. Yes, they indeed fulfilled the Asian immigrant tiger parent stereotype.
Over a decade later, I’ve done a gaggle of national commercials, TV shows, indie films, theatre, voiceovers, and have successfully transformed my love of Cinnabon into a profitable acting venture as it was my marketing tactic as an actor.
But all this time, my Asian American Studies major has never made me lose sight in my desire to see meaningful diverse representation in the media, whether it be for myself or others who are equally underrepresented or ignored. For the past few years, I’ve been writing for the pop culture blog THE NERDS OF COLOR which mainly deals with pop culture in the media and diversity. My current focus with them is writing reviews for Los Angeles theatre productions that has PoC artists as the main lead cast members, the director, and/or writer. That is, I was, before the COVID-19 pandemic radically changed all our lives for the time being. Continue Reading Meet Edward Hong “The Cinnabon Actor”