Danielle Wong, a sophomore at Eastview High School, is a 2013 graduate of ThreeSixty’s Intro to Journalism Camp. A prolific stage performer, Danielle contributed her first essay about the anxiety she used to experience while playing piano to ThreeSixty’s magazine.
Favorite author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Favorite Musician(s): David Foster, Josh Groban, Stephen Schwartz, Celine Dion
Favorite Movie(s): Les Miserables, Avengers, A Walk to Remember, Stardust, The Princess Bride
Favorite places/things to do in the Twin Cities: Go to a museum or theatre, then eat out at Shuang Cheng or Hong Kong Noodles
If you could interview anyone (living) who would it be? Lea Salonga. She knows what it is like to be an Asian actress pursuing the American Broadway Stage. Also, her experience with being on stage and in an animated movie is something I want to learn about and find out how she got to that point. I want to learn as much as possible from the amazing, talented and legendary Lea Salonga.
What do you like about writing? I love how you can create something out of nothing. You start out with a blank sheet of paper, or a blank document, and soon it carries so much. It can carry information, facts and pieces of knowledge. It can carry dreams, hopes and wishes. It can carry imagination, truths and life stories. I love writing because it can make a difference, no matter how inconsequential it may seem.
What issues are important to you? An issue important to me would be racist and sexist role-casting. For example, Lucy Liu was cast in the role of Watson in the new hit TV show, Elementary. Lucy plays a female Asian-American Watson, where the character had typically been played by a white male. This clearly ticked some people off. Some people think that because a character has typically been a certain race or gender means that when they cast that character, they have to look exactly the same. Even if an auditioner has the talent but not the look, some directors will choose the auditioner who has the look but not the talent. As an Asian American actress myself, I find myself wanting to make a change.
What is your ideal future career? I would love to have a job that is compatible with my love for acting and singing. Many actors and actresses make ends meet by working in the service industry such as waitressing or another job in the retail industry. But because I am also captivated by the broadcast/journalism industry, my dream job would be as a broadcaster. I love how they can captivate viewers with their true words, and even become role-models for other young people. Being a broadcaster would allow me to have time for my onstage experiences, but would also allow me to do something I love.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would go on an expedition through the Amazon Rainforest. First of all, because it is beautiful, and any glimpse of it would be breathtaking. Second, because it is home to many amazing animals including the Golden Lion Tamarin, the Amazon Pink River Dolphin and the Birdwing Butterfly. And third, because it would provide so much inspiration and a lot of awesome pictures.
What are your special talents? I can sing, play piano, play flute, speak some Chinese and Spanish, draw, make delicious eggrolls, kill beautiful flowers and dance (to a certain extent).
What do you do when you’re not at school? I get done with my work first: Do school work, practice piano, practice flute, practice vocal, teach my little sister and myself Chinese, and do my chores. Then I do the fun stuff: Write a little here and there, go to rehearsal (for whatever show I happen to be in), take pictures, draw, play on the Kinect, learn songs, do outdoorsy stuff, read (a lot), and sleep.
What else do you think people should know about you? I love making new friends, learning new and valuable information, and am open to new ideas and trying new things.