We had the good fortune of connecting with Anne Liu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anne, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
There is a saying that I really live by, it’s “you can’t take what is not meant to be yours, but you can’t hide from what is meant to be yours.” This really motivates me to work my hardest and give my all into what I’m doing. It is so important to have the correct mindset to do anything. If you want to be “ranked” best at something, then change that mindset to “do” your best. Because competition with others will always distort our abilities and self-confidence; it shifts our attention to what others are doing instead of focusing on our own. Your mind then becomes clouded with negative emotions the more you look at others and it does not direct your efforts into your craft whatsoever. Just giving your all at your craft and really really do your best will take you to places that you’ve never imagined. It also eliminates the feeling of regret that you didn’t work hard enough or the guilt of “what if I had just done a bit more.” You want to be satisfied with all your efforts, which triggers a healthy and positive cycle that leads to an internal motivation to achieve your goals. This saying has guided my mindset for quite a while now. I guess you can interpret it as minding your own “business.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a musician currently studying at The Juilliard School, I feel very privilleged and blessed to have so many precious resources and supportive people around me. It definitely wasn’t easy, but hey, it was doable. Nothing is impossible, and if you enjoy the process, then it wouldn’t feel so tough. I think I have a rather positive mindset and very carefree and humorous personality that sets me apart from the others, especially in the music industry. But I haven’t always been like. There were many times that everything felt like it was falling apart. I had always lived the two-sided life of juggling between my craft and academics. And now, I still am persuing both aspects of life at two colleges. Society isn’t going to adjust according to your needs, you have to adjust to adapt to it. If you are unsatisfied about something in your life, either accept it if it can’t be changed, or change it to accept it. Now I like to experiment with modern music a lot, which is not so common at Juilliard because it focuses largely on Western classical music. Combining jazz with classical music has been my new jam that I’ve been working on.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I went to Canyon Crest Academy during my highschool years, and the mall next to it, The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, has some of the most delicious foods I’ve ever had. One of my favorite would be Breakfast Republic. It is the perfect place to have brunch with friends on a lazy weekend. Their french toasts are amazing! (You can never have enough french toast). From Oreo Pancakes to S’mores French Toast, their innovative approach to food has never failed to excite me. I remember going to Luna Grills a lot during my time in highschool. They have quite healthy options if that’s what you are aiming for. It is nutritious and delicious, why would you miss a win-win? Green Door Cafe is downtown La Jolla is a great vegan option if you are taking a vegan friend out to eat in SD. Being a foodie, there are so many other food places that I would love to mention, but I think I should mention sightseeing locations as well. If I were to show a visiting friend around in San Diego, I would take them to Balboa Park. Balboa Park is beautiful for taking asthetically pleasing photos, as well as the many interesting museums that you can educate yourself in. The Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum is also another educational and culturally fascinating location to go and see. Moving onto something a bit more light, the San Diego’s Seaport Village is a charming place to stroll around in the evening. The warm lights and the peaceful water is just therapeutic for me, and hopefully it will be for you too.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother is the person who guided me to the correct mindset, the healthy way of competition in society. She is also the one who introduced me to music and the literatures of the world. Words cannot describe what my mother has done for me, nor can it express how thankful I am to her. I think everyone needs a cane at some point on their journey to climbing a mountain, and that special person will appear at the right moment when patience permits it. My parents mean the world to me and one lifetime is not enough to repay them. I would also like to thank my teachers, for leading me properly towards the right direction. They spent so much effort and the time to teach me all the skills that I need to take flight. Without any of them, I wouldn’t be who I am today.