Archive for August, 2011
“A melody is like a woman in a bar that you are instantly attracted to – the part that hooks you. The lyrics are what make you fall in love with that person.” As eloquently as Judy Stakee describes music, David Choi puts it into practice. The grandfather of YouTube and the unofficial spokesperson for Chick-Fil-A, Mr. Choi has the one-of-a-kind combination of exceptional musical talent, tenacity, modesty, effortless humor, and the ability to sing about a girl picking her nose and make us fall in love with her. It certainly helps that he’s not afraid to show off his endearing idiosyncrasies, and no matter how much he doesn’t smile, he leaves us grinning from ear to ear. From not having heard his first pop song until the 6th grade (Smashmouth’s “All Star” remember?!) to becoming one of the most beloved musicians on YouTube with television, film, and international acclaim, David still remains unassuming, humble, and treats each and every single person—Hollywood celebrity to high school fan—with the same respect and kindness. And if Clara C took home the Most Epic Interview trophy, guess who hands-down wins Most Epic Photoshoot? Prepare to be dazzled by 3 items underwater: a guitar, Melly Lee’s Canon 5D Mark II, and the David Choi.
Cornell on full scholarship. Harvard Business School graduate. Goldsea’s “120 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time.” CAPE board member. Producer ofPursuit of Happyness, Saving Face, Hitch…intimidated yet? Quite. But look past these extremely well-deserved accolades, Teddy Zee is the epitome of modesty, selflessness, and is just plain cool—black Prius-driving, P90X-doing, picture-tweeting cool. You just have to roll that way as one of the most admired role models in the industry and a passionate advocate of Asian Americans in entertainment, bringing to life countless projects and giving unparalleled opportunities to Asian American talent. As if Teddy had anymore time on his hands, he is also a devoted supporter of non-profits, particularly the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF). Be sure to support this wonderful organization and Teddy’s enormous efforts by voting to help them win a Toyota Sienna minivan on Friday, August 12, 3am-9am PST! www.votecpaf.org
Clara C | “I think anyone can do anything—you just have to put in the hours, labor, and elbow grease.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the newest titleholder for longest OA interview ever: Clara C, a walking ball of sunshine. Seven epic hours of dirty jokes, mountain-rock-tree-climbing, a planking photographer, losing our way in the dark, followed by a reenactment of 127 Hours, topped off with celebratory sushi for making it out alive. This lovably quirky singer-songwriter boasts a voice that would make an angel jealous and is the definition of “downess”—down to be adventurous, all the while keeping it classy. Sold-out album, nonstop touring, teaching as a behavior technician for autistic kids, winning first place in everything—all in less than one handful of years. We’ll see you at the Staples Center in no time Clara!