20160731

LA Trip Explanation + Photoshoot at The Candy Aisle

Photography by Ashley Sandhu (Facebook/Instagram)
As you may know from following my Instagram, I traveled to Los Angeles for one week with two of my friends a couple months ago. This post is not about that trip. Even though I had planned on reminiscing the many stories from L.A. with you, dear readers, I can only say this: life is about the Now, and I have to start living In This Moment.

There are a lot more things I need to write down, more important things -- lines for song lyrics, stream of consciousness during moments of self-realization, ideas for short films, instant contributions via social media that dismantle the heteronormative white supremacist patriarchy, and so on. Now I have to start writing for the girls who live in the Now: girls of colour, girls working in the creative industry, Asian aspiring actresses, girls who grew up living more than one culture, girls who feel confined in their identities, femme-identifying individuals... the confused young girl I used to be, who I am still struggling with today.

I have to start writing things that produce change in the way girls are viewed in society and media, especially girls of colour, specifically Asian girls. I shall refer you to this collective to get started (SAD ASIAN GIRLS CLUB).

I have to continue to learn and execute my crafts, whether it be producing/composing music, writing prose/poetry/lyrics, acting (it's not just acting, it's learning to accept myself), and I have to continue to be open to the New (new people, new friends, new directions) even though I have been hurt in the past. And I have to continue to grow.
If you hold the same beliefs as I do, and want to create something with me, please shoot me an email at "sunny.mimi.chen@hotmail.com". Once I finish my rough draft for the short film I want to direct, I will definitely be contacting people who are (or should be) interested.


20160616

Snack Sluts

A couple video updates for y'all:

1. My live audition for Vancouver's Next Vocal Superstar 2016, performing "Out Tonight" from RENT the musical... #VNVS2016

2. Snack Sluts! My friends and I are making Youtube videos weekly, and you can subscribe to us, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and "like" our Facebook page!

20160518

C'est La Vie Spring/Summer 2016 Lookbook


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Photos by Dave Winfield and Sunny Chen
Photo editing by Sunny Chen
Styling by Sunny Chen and Faustine Faure


For more C'est La Vie Boutique, follow the shop Instagram for an immediate 10% off your purchase.

20160408

SAD CHINA EP and ZHAMAK F

FILM PHOTOGRAPHY BY ZHAMAK FULLAD (FB / IG)
MODELLING AND STYLING BY SUNNY CHEN (IG / TW)
I'm sad that Zhamak is moving to Toronto in a couple weeks, but I know her spirit will go on in young Vancouver, from past club photos to girls and boys she's shot over the years. I will be living vicariously through her Instagram once she's in MTL.
My first EP has been released, and even received some radio play over at Crimes & Treasons (CiTR 101.9FM) this Tuesday. You can stream and download SAD CHINA for free!


I can't thank you all enough for supporting me throughout the years! Hope to collaborate with some of you again. Email me, Facebook me, tweet at me, whatever, whenever!

20160331

Throwback to Vancity Tribe x Soyconfessions c. 2013

The bae, Vancity Tribe, is back on the 'Net. You might remember Christine Wong from some of my previous posts, like this one, but the homegirl's finally back from her online hiatus, and I can't be more excited for her and the creative community in Vancouver.
Christine spotlighted me on Vancity Tribe way back in 2013, and now, 3 years later, we're headed down to LA in May with our good friend Steve "Skimchi" Kim. He's an amazing photographer based out of Vancouver, so you know we're gonna get some good shots by the beach, under the palms, strolling the busy city streets.
Christine shot me for the 2013 spotlight and I edited these photos.

Here we are today, eating ice cream from La Casa Gelato:
(You've probably seen this on my Instagram and Twitter, though.)

And here is some of Steve's work:

P.S. Stay tuned for the release of my EP, babes.
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