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Meet Chelsea Sik

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Sik.

Chelsea, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a little girl, I was always curious about the world, about people, and about the way things worked. I knew that the profession I wanted was one that would be challenging and exciting.

Acting had attracted me because of its ever changing nature and craftsmanship. Becoming a professional actor meant a lot of hard work, persistence and rejection. But to me, that was the right of passage to earning my stripes. The dream was to earn a living by deeply experiencing different perspectives and expressing them through varying characters. I was an empathetic person and being a storyteller felt like the right place where I belonged.

My journey to becoming an actor truly began when I was 15. My father was gracious enough to enroll me in an arts boarding school called Idyllwild Arts Academy. I was given a huge opportunity, so I worked extremely hard to improve as an actor. I’ve definitely had my hard days where I felt different, where I would retreat into an empty room and just stare at myself in the mirror, blaming myself and being dissatisfied with my accent, my asian-ness and my beginner skills as a performer. I was impatient with my progress so I worked harder. I would allow myself to be mad for an hour or two but then get back to work to make up for lost time.

Looking back at my journey, I’m glad that I kept going even when I felt hopeless. Of course, I needed the occasional pep talk from my dad or my friends, but I realized something about bad days; my bad feelings are mine alone. Though the perk about bad days is that they make the good days even sweeter!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been the smoothest road but it was the bumps that made me grow and forced me to reinvent myself. I remember junior year was by far the toughest year for me. I had experienced heartbreak for the first time, in friendships, relationships, and even family. Luckily, I was in the arts. I turned to words for aid and started writing poetry. I wrote so much that I have a few poetry book drafts in my hard drive!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Since I am an actor, auditioning, producing my own work, and keeping up with the industry has been my main focus. Now that I’ve graduated with a BFA in Acting, I’m excited to finally get to work with my manager and agent to start my acting career.

In the meantime, whilst in COVID season, I have two jobs, one as a Marketing Director, and another as a Social Media Coordinator. Besides that, I have some projects under development, which I hope to share with the world in the near future.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’m not the luckiest person around but I have to say I am lucky to have such a supportive family and kind people in my life. Without my dad specifically, I don’t think the rest would have mattered, like being accepted to Idyllwild Arts Academy, USC or even having a manager. As the saying goes, luck is preparation meeting opportunity. Though I would say, my hard work and the support from my people has earned me the things I never thought I would be worthy of having. And one day, I hope to be in a place where I can give back to those who are in my shoes.

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For the 12 people picture (BFA picture)  Gus Ruela/USC

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