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Life & Work with Amelia Fei

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amelia Fei.

Hi Amelia, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m a Foreign Languages and Literature major from Taiwan, and I moved to NYC as soon as I graduated to become a musical theater performer. After years of studying and working, I finally got approved for an O1 artist visa, allowing me to continue staying in the country pursuing my dreams. I met my agent Becky Randazzo in 2019, she works for an LA based Agency, and she’s been nothing but super supportive for everything I do. She works really hard for me to work on both coasts.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
We start to see a slight improvement in terms of diversity casting throughout the years, but it’s still very tough for Asians to book roles that are normally played by Caucasians (which is the majority). Although the biggest obstacle is still the whole process of immigration and obtaining a working visa. The whole process is just so difficult and tough that many production companies would rather avoid jumping the hoops and just cast citizen actors only instead. That being said, I’m beyond grateful for all the people who helped me and offered opportunities along the way. It means a lot to me when people still believe in me regardless of how hard the situation can be.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an actress from Taiwan who mainly focuses on Musical Theater. Having said that, throughout the years I’ve done a bunch of different types of jobs in our industry, such as Shakespeare, Voice-over, Commercials, Jazz Concerts, Sci-Fi Plays… etc., and I’m super proud of what I’ve been able to achieve!

Any big plans?
I’m in the midst of renewing my artist visa in the States. Once that’s done, with the help of my agent and manager, I’m looking forward to working more in the West Coast while obtaining more skills on the production/directing side. The sky’s the limit!

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Rain Kung, Winnipesaukee Playhouse

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