Sharing the autobiography that I wrote with my resume when I applied for the Production Intern position more than a year ago (posted in its original form above). Reading it now makes me cringe....I am way too direct. No wonder I scare off all the guys! lolol. Below is a translation of what I wrote.
Life motto: I don't want to live a life of regret
Ever since high school I was interested in business. I successfully gained admission to the business school in college and majored in MIS. My goal was to become a business analyst or project manager. After graduating I was also successful in achieving my goal. I had money, a great job...life is great, isn't it? But after one month, three months, half a year passed and every day I was living the 9 to 5. Is that all there is to life? Just thinking that I'll have to live like that for the next 30 years I felt really depressed and began to question the path that I chose for myself for the first time. Is this what I really want? If not, what would make me feel both happy and be meaningful? Immediately one word popped into my mind: dramas.
Therefore I spent one year persuading my parents because to them, what's wrong with a stable life? It's not that it's bad necessarily, it's just that I feel like there are still a lot of possibilities in my life, and if I don't take the chance to try right now, then I'll be forever stuck with the "what-ifs". So I left my well-paid stable office job and my family to go to Taiwan alone and test out my possibilities, because I don't want to live a life of regret.
Life dream: I want to become a drama producer
During the summer of 6th grade I was bored home alone and began to watch a Taiwanese show that my aunt recorded for me on a whim. At that time I didn't know what a drama was, yet I still became obsessed over "Princess of Pearl." Since then, I can't not have dramas in my life. To fully understand every single detail about the show, I worked hard to read the subtitles and learn Chinese, Chinese history, and Chinese literature. From that I indirectly also learned about Chinese culture and slowly began to awaken my identity as a Taiwanese American. It also opened up my interest in learning languages and traveling. I grew up with TV dramas, and now I'd like to change career oaths and have my hobby become my career.
To work towards my dream of become a drama producer I'm willing to start from zero, whether it's being a Production Assistant, Script Supervisor, or another entry level job. I'd like to first familiarize myself with the environment, production, and process of creating a drama to build experience. Although I don't have any direct experience, I have a strong ability to learn, can perform well in high stress situations, and have the determination and grit to do every task well. I know this is a hard industry, but the end goal of pursuing your dreams is to actually achieve it, so I am willing to do anything and everything to achieve my dream.
A lot of friends ask me why I'm coming to Taiwan instead of Korea to film dramas. Looking at the current landscape of the industry, Korean dramas indeed are the hottest products. I myself love watching K-dramas, but I also appreciate the unique style of Taiwanese dramas. Although everything from the camerawork to the lines aren't as elegantly romantic as K-dramas, Taiwanese dramas are touching in a very approachable and practical way and are able to reflect on social trends, showing itself to have the potential to be a soft cultural power. Just like how I decided to become a fansubber for the online drama community, I want to do my part for the Taiwanese drama community and use that to help me achieve my dream of becoming a drama producer.