Q&A with Levy Tran: Keep up with Levy’s Latest Updates and Read her Advice to Youth at MACLA’s DMCStudio.
The Coffeehouse Invite is back with actress, Levy Tran, from San José, Ca! You can find Levy starring in The Haunting of Hill House (2018) and Shameless (2017-2018). She is confirmed to continue her badass role as Desi Nguyen on Season 4 of MacGyver. It was by chance we met Levy while we were promoting Emo Kids of Color at the Berryessa Art and Wine Festival. We love her down to earth personality and her support for small businesses! She shares what motivates her, her experience on MacGyver and tips for youth at MACLA'S DMCStudio who want to be in creative industries.
The Coffeehouse Invite: Hey Levy! It was so great to meet you at the Berryessa Art and Wine Festival. We're so excited to have you on the blog. Tell us what you've been up.
Levy Tran: Well I just got off of season 3 of MacGyver and have been back waiting tables. I'll go back to Atlanta to shoot season 4 in a month... so basically, I've been packing and moving boxes in the morning and waiting tables at night. Also working out in between and playing with my pup!
The Coffeehouse Invite: What did you dream of being as a child? When did you know you wanted to be an actress?
I dreamed of being of being a mother. Always have and I still dream of becoming a mother. I never really knew I wanted to act, but I do remember watching Kung Fu movies with my family as a kid. I remember watching the actors, and wanting to do what they were doing. I thought it was just the coolest thing and here I am now, kicking ass on TV.
The Coffeehouse Invite: What inspires the work you do?
Levy Tran: Seeing people work hard inspires me. My parents inspire me.
The Coffeehouse Invite: What is your favorite song to keep you motivated?
Levy Tran: Anything from Deftones.
The Coffeehouse Invite: What is an obstacle you have faced pursuing your career and how did you overcome it?
Levy Tran: Probably starting late in the game of acting. When I arrived in Los Angeles, I was already 27 with no experience and zero credits on my resume. I was nervous and scared. I doubted myself a lot because everyone else who was acting had done it since they were kids. But I'm a firm believer in "you're never too old to start anything new." As long as you work hard, good things will unfold.
The Coffeehouse Invite: We work with youth from underserved neighborhoods at MACLA's DMCStudio (Digital Media Arts) in San Jose, Ca. Many of them are interested in creative pursuits such as film, photography, music and acting. What are 3 tips of advice would you give our youth to motivate them to pursue their dreams?
Do what makes you happy. Pursue what brings you joy. Whatever it is that gets you up in the morning...do that and do it unapologetically.
Don't be afraid of criticism. It's what strengthens you. You can only learn from fucking up. If you've never made a mistake, you're not learning; you're not progressing.
Practice, practice, practice. Whatever it is you want to pursue, dive into it. Read books about it. Talk to people in the industry. Go to the events. Immerse yourself in it.
The Coffeehouse Invite: Congrats on the CBS Series, MacGyver! Desi Nguyen is a bad ass character in MacGyver, what drew you to her role?
Levy Tran: It's funny people ask this question. A lot. Starting off as a new actor, you don't get much say in what roles you can audition for. You audition for everything. I just made sure I knew who she was walking into the audition room. And with the opportunity of being able to audition for it and my preparation, I was offered the job. And you don't turn down a role like this. She IS a badass!
The Coffeehouse Invite: What are some memorable moments you've had while filming on set?
Levy Tran: Building friendships and learning about the cast and crew.
The Coffeehouse Invite: Any upcoming projects, events or collaborations you would like to announce?
Levy Tran: Just waiting for Season 4 to start shooting haha
The Coffeehouse Invite: At Chi, we encourage others to reach out and find people to collaborate with. Are you looking for anyone to work with? If so, let our Chi community know.1 response
Levy Tran: I'd like to collaborate with anyone who contributes to the community in any way!
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