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Meet Huifang Liu of Fangfang in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Huifang Liu.

Huifang, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a Chinese actress-comedian lived and worked in french film/commercial/VO industry over the last ten years. I speak fluently Mandarin, English and French. I’m also a coach for companies and individuals who have business with Chinese.

I moved to LA last November as I won an international acting competition in France and the studio sent me for free training in Hollywood. Currently, I’m working in the states with my OPT work visa. Since I moved here last December, I’ve need worked in two pilots, one web-series, one universal studio print shoot, several short movies and commercials.

I was born in a traditional family in China and started my career as an engineer and manager for the international industrial construction projects. I traveled a lot to different countries for my work, and finally settled down in Paris and became an actor that I always wanted to be.

My different cultural backgrounds allow me to have an open spirit and a different way to deal with the social-political-cultural conflict in the States as a native and “fresh off the boat” Chinese artiste. I have to face a lot of challenges especially at this delicate moment, but still I keep being myself, positive, determined and free, like my speech in the project “Drive-By-Art”, mentioned by an article :

“Yes, I am a Chinese Standing On U.S. soil speaking for a black man.
You may be laughing,
you may be mocking,
you may be despising,
you may be ignoring.
But Here I Am……because liberty and humanity have no boundaries.” (Theatrical) (Commercial) (Popular French TV series, regular role)

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?
Not really.

1. I wasn’t able to chase my actor’s dream in China, I wasn’t able to do what I wanted before as my parents didn’t give me this choice. For them, to be an artist is to be a loser.
2. My ethnicity gave me a lot of difficulties and less opportunities in this field, especially at this moment and in the states.
3. The big difference between an ABC and FOB.
4. To find my own place in the industry with my profile is to create my own project.
5. It is a real tough time for a Chinese living and working in the States currently.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My specialties are my skills, I’m pretty sure that my profile is unique: A former civil engineer, a VO artist, a Chinese business coach, a teacher for kids, a stand-up comedian, an actress practicing karate.

I am proud that I could manage, balance well my artist life and my coaching business. As a Chinese, I have to follow our traditions and rules. We love our families and take responsibilities of them. I’ve been affording my parents’ life for over 15 years, this is our culture. They separated when I was a kid, even abandoned me, I’m still grateful, I become an independent strong woman, I become who I am thanks to them.

Therefore, I’m in charge of their lives: apartments, life expenses, medical care…

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