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Meet Samantha Shen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Shen.

Samantha, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started singing along to the radio in my parents’ car as soon as I could start uttering words, about two years old. By six years old I knew all the words to the songs from The Phantom of the Opera. Music has always been the core of my being, a natural instinct, and my first true love. I went on to participate in the musicals, talent shows, and local festivals in my neighborhood.

In high school, I decided that I wanted to take music seriously, even if it wasn’t seen as a real profession where I was from. I applied to music programs and landed a spot in UCLA’s Herb Alpert Music School. Pursuing music has been a very unsteady path, and it takes courage every single day to continue forward. I’m still on my path, and I am very proud of how far I’ve come. The future has no limits.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not. It’s been a struggle not knowing how to get to where I want to go and do not feel understood by the people I love the most. Coming from an Asian family background, it’s definitely been difficult receiving the support that I need. I know that the concern and disapproval comes from a good place and my family is just fearful of an industry that they know nothing about, so I’ve come to accept this and spearhead my career on my own. I have really supportive friends which helps a lot.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a singer and musician first and foremost. I released my first EP, Rose Colored Glasses, last May on all streaming platforms. I also majored in Ethnomusicology at UCLA, so I feel well versed in my knowledge and skill in music. I’ve also built up my brand as a social media influencer on Instagram. I think my greatest strength is my diversity. I sing, model, and act. It takes a lot of work and time to build up one’s own brand, and I’m working hard to grow it exponentially bigger and bigger!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I don’t think I would have done anything differently. I am constantly assessing myself and my situation and changing course as need be. What’s most important is that I stay grounded, continue to focus on my goals, and continue working on my relationship with God.

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Andy Kim, Nathan Dang, Power Dang

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