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 led 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 learned everything I need to know if I want to switch careers and become an overnight, teenage, pop star.
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. I’ve also sold and developed two sitcom pilots for 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 streaming on Netflix!
Most recently, I wrote on staff for the sixth and final season of ABC’s groundbreaking comedy, Fresh Off The Boat.
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 addiction to sushi and Southern California theme parks.