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Meet Minji Chai of VitA in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Minji Chai.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Minji. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always been a stage person. I have always loved dancing, performing, singing and entertaining others ever since I was a little girl. My dream to be an entertainer was always deep inside my heart and when I hit 7th grade, I started writing and composing music with my friends (some are pretty well known now). I started phasing out in high school to focus on going the path that is more acceptable to my parents and the society. I got good grades and went to a good university and during my college years, I realized again that I only live once, and I should pursue what I really want to pursue. When I started diving into the entertainment field again, such as in YouTube, DJing and modeling, I noticed how the entertainment field is not a healthy environment for female artists and entrepreneurs to grow: many knowingly and unknowingly, direct and indirect sexual harassment and most of these females cannot voice up or stand up for themselves because they are young, vulnerable and are in a position of much less power.

Therefore, I developed a more refined vision and goal to actually shift the industry to where both males and females can have equal power and opportunity for their talent and work ethic. I understand how lonely and difficult the journey can get in order to pursue one’s dream as an artist and entrepreneur, so I am here to empower others and help them realize and believe what they are capable of doing. I am always open to and searching for people in the entertainment industry who share common mindset and purpose because I know if there are two or more gathered who share a common goal, nothing is impossible. I am so grateful to have met many great people in diverse industries and to have acquired the business skills alongside my musical talent in my early twenties… I am excited to release my first official album (aside from covers and singles) and music video this year (2020) and launch my company and grow it 10x in the next 3-5 years.

Has it been a smooth road?
I didn’t and don’t expect my journey to be a smooth road. I believe “to whom much given, much will be required”, I was always so different and standing out from the crowd growing up so I got a lot of various attention which made me withstand and develop thicker skin. I didn’t know where I fit in a lot of times. Another struggle was, coming from hard working immigrant Asian parents, I was expected to get good grades, go to good school, get a good job, and have a stable and “successful” life. Even though I understood where they are coming from, I just knew deep inside I was meant to do more and be more. It can get difficult when the people close to you and love you do not support or believe in your dream, but I realized that the most important thing is for me to believe in myself and my dream, not anyone else. Also, one day I was recording in my little home studio, and someone called the cops, so ever since I did not have the freedom to record anytime I wanted. The most difficult struggle was going through betrayals of people in the entertainment industry. There were a lot of broken trust, words and actions among people I worked with. Looking back, I am grateful for all those experiences and people because they made me who I am today, stronger than ever before and wiser than ever before.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a singer-songwriter and an artist. I cover variety of genres, but my passion is in Rap & Hiphop. What I am most proud of is the fact that I am the only 1.5 generation Korean-American female artist in the Los Angeles Hiphop field. I believe there is a special and unique character and charm that only the 1.5 generation can show and that people can enjoy. It is a very unique generation in which one can have positive aspect of both cultures. There are so many talented artists out there and I want to encourage them by showing them what is possible. Another purpose of mine is to glorify God and spread the love of God that you cannot experience anywhere else. I only write what is truly in my heart and I want to continue that legacy of speaking from heart to heart through our music.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like best about our city is the fact that it’s filled with great opportunities, great people, great food and of course, you cannot leave out the great weather! I believe we are so blessed to have it all and here we are in a melting pot of diverse cultures and backgrounds. People are generally more open-minded and creative. If anyone is pursuing entrepreneurship or any field in the entertainment industry, then LA is the best city to be in. I love the fact that if you have the drive and will to execute, there are lots of opportunities available here in LA. Yes, although California is not the cheapest place to live in, it’s definitely worth it.

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