College tips for freshmen

Jai Yunae is a professional actress based in Los Angeles, California.
Ever intense in her insatiable pursuit of her art, Jai plays anything from your wacky best friend in college to the Chinese immigrant toiling over her menial job. She is your nurse or your hot, young, doctor. She is the ghost haunting your new home or the girl being haunted by her past. She will make you laugh until you cry then make you cry until you laugh….she is your sister, friend, boss, and hero. From performing stunt work, to stand up comedy; dramatic characters to sitcom’s jovial personalities, Jai is a versatile, professional film, TV, and commercial actress who has appeared in a recent Google campaigns, played a lead role in a new pilot garnering big industry attention, and other television shows such as TLC’s Sex Sent Me To The ER.

Jai currently is studying with Chris Holder at the prestigious Ivana Chubbuck Studio in Los Angeles at the Advanced Level. She has been a follower and user of the Ivana Chubbuck acting method and looks forward to moving into Ivana’s Masters Class before the close of 2015. Jai dedicates 4-6 hours a day, 5 days a week in self directed study for acting in addition to classes and work shops as she believes it takes immense discipline, dedication, and knowledge to reach her potential as an actor and relentlessly (and enthusiastically) puts forth. She also plans to work with Larry Moss in the future.

When she isn’t watching films or her favorite TV shows, Jai loves fitness and food. She loves to eat out and explore new restaurants with her husband and then hit the hiking trails or the boxing gym. Jai also loves music and is a hip hop artist and song writer who is set to release her first mixtape, Lovelution in late 2015.

I know college is crazy. You have exams and dating, the freshman 15 and sorority/fraternity parties, you’re poor in cash but wealthy in highlighters, everything is amazing and horrible all at the same time, and oh yeah, some of you have a JOB so you can pay for school because your mom and dad hate you and spent your college money on that nice boat…or maybe they just didn’t have it. Bottom line: How the heck are you going to survive and get through this without, OMG, just, like, dying???

If you don’t know the plot of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it’s a story about a woman who was held captive underground for her whole life and then rescued back to the real world. She tackles issues like dating, school, working, and just plain dealing with people (ghastly creatures) on a day to day basis without any knowledge on how to do it. But the point is, she does it. As a byproduct, comedy ensues as she learns to stay positive and to laugh at herself.

College is this huge, life-changing thing we funnel ourselves into starting from as far back as elementary school unless you’re Asian like me. For Asians it begins in the womb. Anyway, we then arrive at so and so university and are told we are supposed to know what the heck is going on but no one tells us how. Some of us get it and do all the right things (jerks) while others screw up everything along the way and then screw up a bunch more on the way back. The point is, it isn’t supposed to be easy. I don’t have any solutions to college because college is designed to make you stronger or break you down but I do have a way you can cope and make it regardless of how many times you mess up.

All you have to do is Kimmy Schmidt it. Mess up, learn, and then laugh a whole bunch at yourself. (Try not to laugh at others in case they punch you in the face).

That’s it. That’s all you have to do and I promise you will make it to graduation. As a bonus, people will love your energy and that same energy will draw positive things to you. It’s a win-win.

So when you’re feeling down and your organic chemistry professor barely speaks English, just do your best and KIMMY SCHMIDT IT! (Insert freeze framed triumphant fist in the air here).

Jai Yunae

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