We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Aphaivong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” is one of my favorite quotes from the book, “Le Petit Prince”. This quote and the entire book has taught me a lot about how to live a life worth living, and that’s with the heart because everything essential is felt. Our bodies and our intuition are very intelligent, if we listen to them. As I grew up, I tried following other’s definition of success, and I felt something missing from my life. My heart and body were trying to tell me, but it took many stumbles before I listened. When I read this book, it encouraged me to focus on the importance of vulnerability, playfulness, and wonder, long forgotten from my childhood. Things that remind us of our humanity…what it means to be truly alive.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The word that best describes me is probably artist or storyteller. I seek to tell stories that are not typically seen in mainstream media. I’m seeing more representation, but as an Asian American Actress, I’d like to share stories that portray minorities more holistically. Some things that I’m most proud of are that I moved out South Carolina to SoCal to pursue my acting and despite it being difficult, I’ve still stuck with it! I’ve gotten to where I am today because I got tired of waiting for someone to choose me, so I decided to choose myself and share my voice. One of the biggest challenges of acting is that it can be quite taxing emotionally, so it’s really important to take care of yourself not just physically, but also emotionally, mentally and spiritually. What I want to share with the world about my brand is that I am where I am today because I am embracing my culture, history, and uniqueness. To quote Dr. Seuss, “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you!”
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.
Firstly, I would take them to The Donut Bar San Diego, Their Maple Bacon doughnut is to die for! I also love karaoke, so I would also take them to Hive San Diego for some killer wings and funny mismatched karaoke videos. We would sing our hearts out when it’s safe to do so! After singing, we might get super hungry, so we’d either go to Tajima Ramen or Kogi BBQ for some excellent Korean BBQ. For a relaxing time, I would take them to Coronado Beach for some of the most atmospheric views ever! I also enjoy going to the Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, especially in the Springtime when the cherry blossoms bloom, it’s absolutely breathtaking. After that, we can enrich ourselves with the many museums at Balboa Park!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people that I’d love to name, but I’ll try to keep it brief! First, I’d like to recognize Wendy Bess Chiu for nominating me for The Shoutout series! It’s funny because we’ve yet to meet in person, but her spirit and love is so bright and contagious that I could not ignore it! My partner Michael. He’s been one of the biggest supporters of me and my dreams even though he doesn’t always understand them. I appreciate and love him dearly. Last but not least, I will forever be grateful to my parents who sacrificed so much for me to be here and to have the opportunity to dream bigger.
Chantel Keiko Ricks, Remy Haynes, Laurissa Rudgers, Jamie Dixx, Regina Skaggs