After high school, I discovered my two passions in life: poker and filmmaking. So naturally, I decided to use my poker winnings to pay my way through film school. After graduation, I flocked to LA and spent several years working as a production assistant on an assortment of TV shows. This included a year at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where I was often featured in sketches as the “token Asian guy” and regularly submitted jokes for Jay’s monologue.
The defining moment in my life came at age 25 when I unexpectedly inherited my father’s engineering business. Wanting to both honor my family and continue my path toward writing, I took on the task of working as a writer’s PA by day and CEO by night. That whirlwind experience lead to new writing samples, landing me a coveted spot in the Disney ABC Television Writing Program. I was then immediately hired as a staff writer aboard the ABC show, Cougar Town, where I wrote my first produced episode and dated many cougars in the name of research.
Afterward, I was hired onto the hit Disney Channel sitcom, Austin & Ally. During my four years on staff, I wrote fifteen episodes for the series, rose to the level of co-producer, and now have a twitter following overrun by roughly 5,000 tweens.
Following that, I wrote for several comedy-variety specials produced by Nickelodeon, such as the Ho Ho Holiday Special, Not So Valentine’s Special, and Sizzling Summer Camp Special. The positive relationships I fostered there then paved the way to the sale and development of my pilot, Get Wild, with the network.
For my next gig, I ventured into the world of animation, writing on staff for the original Netflix series, Trolls: The Beat Goes On! — now steaming on Netflix!
Currently, I am writing on staff for the hit ABC sitcom, Fresh Off The Boat, now heading into its sixth season. Be sure to tune in this fall on ABC!
In addition, my past writings have earned me the New Writers Award given by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), and a Finalist Award at the Austin Film Festival Teleplay Competition.
When not writing, I can be found playing poker to fund my upcoming wedding and addiction to Southern California theme parks.