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Meet Sheela Awe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheela Awe.

Hi Sheela, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I was born in South Korea and raised all over South East Asia. I went to high school in Shanghai, and right after, I eagerly moved to New York City to attend The New school, Eugene Lang, experiencing a whole new world.

After graduating, I moved to Los Angeles, where I currently reside, to pursue a career in dance, but soon developed my own artistry and creativity as a member of the girl group Syd Youth. We released an EP and several music videos allowing me to explore and hone in on my strengths as entertainer. After the trials and tribulations of the group, I transitioned to more hosting work while continuing my journey as a dancer/choreographer.

I am currently hosting & producing lifestyle & fashion content for different social platforms and brands. I create content with a humorous touch because I believe laughter is the best medicine.

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?
In my experience, no roads worth going down are ever smooth. Being in entertainment, let alone in Los Angeles, is already challenging as it is. The biggest challenge for me is the inconsistency. Whether that comes in the form of people/relationships or just jobs in general, there was never a sense of security that came with the journey. I had a goal, I would meet it and the whole process of the unknown would start again. Sometimes it would wear me out emotionally and mentally especially not knowing what tomorrow would bring. But that was part of the appeal of choosing this path and I wouldn’t have gone down any other road.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Since moving to LA, I’ve been fortunate enough to experience so much in the industry, propelling and navigating me through it all. I am a host, a content creator and dancer/choreographer. I am 1 of 4 female hosts on ‘The Loop’, a show on snapchat about the sneaker space and street culture in a female’s perspective. I host a variety of livestreams on different social platforms while all creating my own content for my personal pages. These include comedic skits, branded content, dance videos and mandarin lessons called #Mandomondaze where I teach a mandarin phrase in 30 seconds. I am also known as the half Chinese creator that trolls her Asian mom and puts her on blast through recorded phone calls that are both hilarious and eyebrow-raising LOL.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
I often find myself thinking about what I’d do differently or what choices I could have made that might have eliminated any of the challenges I faced in this ongoing journey. And despite the amazing life experiences I’ve had, it always boils down to wishing I had been more aware/conscious of time and energy. You get out what you put in and had I been aware of that, I would have put in much more. Not to say it’s ever too late!!! I advise those who are just starting out to remain as authentic as they can. To surround yourself with people who not only support you but lift you up, to always realize that any negative emotion/experience is only temporary and lastly, to once in a while step back and look at the bigger picture to put things back into perspective.

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