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    by Published on 02-19-2014 06:00 AM
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    2. Arts,
    3. Books,
    4. Comic Books,
    5. Authors/Writers
    Image of The Sun Brothers, Brad and Wesley, of Sun Bros. Studios.

    The Sun Brothers, Brad and Wesley Sun, of the Chicago-based Sun Bros Studios have created their own graphic novels and comics. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012 to fund their first graphic novel "Chinatown" they have followed-up in 2013 with "Apocalypse Man," their interpretation of a zombie horror survival story. In 2014 they are setting the stage with a follow-up Kickstarter campaign for their new graphic novel "Monkey Fist" in 2014, which is inspired by the classic Monkey King story.

    In this A-Profiler video interview, we discuss how Sun Bros Studios got started, why they chose Kickstarter as their funding platform, how they approach the creative process for their stories, and tips on how other graphic novelists can successfully fund their own Kickstarter projects.
    Web site: http://www.sunbrosstudios.com
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    by Published on 10-21-2013 05:45 AM
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    2. Music

    In this episode of A-Profiler, Nelson Wong conducts the first video A-Profiler interview with music producer, musician, and hip-hop artist CHOPS. Formerly known for being a member of the Mountain Brothers, the first Asian American hip-hop group signed to a major record label in the late-90's, CHOPS has made a name for himself working with such artists as Kanye West, E-40, Nicki Minaj, and many others.

    In this interview, we discuss how CHOPS was inspired by music at a young age, how the Mountain Brothers got their start, what reaction the MBs received at the time for being Asian American, how his "Strength in NUMBERS" project came to fruition, and what is his favorite pie.




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    by Published on 11-20-2012 07:30 AM
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    2. Movies,
    3. Web/Internet
    The Jubilee Project

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Nelson Wong interviews The Jubilee Project, a group of philanthropic storytellers who have given up their day jobs to make a difference in the world through their motto of "doing good is contagious."

    Tell us about The Jubilee Project. How did it get started? What were you all doing before The Jubilee Project? How was the name "The Jubilee Project" chosen?

    The Jubilee Project was started as a response the Haiti earthquake on Jan 12 2010 which was also the date of my (Jason's) 22nd birthday. I wanted to respond, so I gathered friends to go to a NYC subway stop to play guitar and raise $100 for Haiti. That day we raised $70 but after creating a video about it, we were able to raise over $700 for Haiti. Jubilee is a reference to the year of Jubilee in the bible - a year where debts were to be forgiven and prisoners set free. We want to be a glimpse of that joy and celebration.

    In what ways have you seen your motto of "Doing Good is Contagious" come to life?
    We've ...
    by Published on 11-15-2012 07:45 AM
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    2. Acting,
    3. Movies,
    4. Web/Internet
    Zac Wong

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Nelson Wong interviews filmmaker Zac Wong of the web series The Potstickers. This is the final part of a 3-part A-Profiler series featuring the cast and crew of The Potstickers.

    You are still in your late-teens and have become an award-winning filmmaker. When did your foray into filmmaking first begin? What inspired you to become a filmmaker? Did you find that your friends and family were supportive of your desire to become a filmmaker?

    My interest in filmmaking began way before I had ever touched a camera. Looking back at the first drawings in crayon I did as a child, they were all sequential, like miniature story boards. When I was about twelve, simply out of curiosity, I grabbed the home video camcorder and a couple Lego men and made a stop-motion animation with the camera's start and stop record button. It looked horrible, but it was enough to keep me motivated. I remember how liberating it felt, unlocking this newfound, and completely immature ability to tell stories ...
    by Published on 11-14-2012 07:45 AM
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    2. Acting,
    3. Web/Internet
    Jacqueline Barrett

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Nelson Wong interviews actress Jacqueline Barrett of the web series The Potstickers. This is the second part of a 3-part A-Profiler series featuring the cast and crew of The Potstickers.

    What was your role or involvement with The Potstickers web series?

    My role in The Potstickers was playing the part of the high school bad girl Emily. She was fun to play because she reminds me of just a normal high school girl who kind of just speaks her mind.

    As a cast member, was there an audition process or how were you chosen to play the character you portrayed?
    There was an audition process in trying out for the role of Emily. I believe I went on a total of two auditions before I finally scored the role. When prepping for this role I watched some teen comedies/dramas and wrote down mean characteristics from the bad girls in those movies.

    I remember at callbacks they said I played being mean really well but ...
    by Published on 11-13-2012 08:00 AM
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    2. Acting,
    3. Web/Internet
    Jeff Bee

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Nelson Wong interviews actor Jeff Bee of the web series The Potstickers. This is the first part of a 3-part A-Profiler series featuring the cast and crew of The Potstickers.

    What was your role or involvement with The Potstickers web series?

    Actor.

    As a cast member, was there an audition process or how were you chosen to play the character you portrayed?
    I auditioned and got it!

    Overall, what was your experience with The Potstickers project? What other projects are you currently working on now or in the near future?
    My experience with The Potstickers was meaningful and inspiring. I had such a great time working with brother/sister, director/producer combo extraordinar of Zac and Shawn Nicole Wong and everyone else on set. I haven't been a part of a project that has been more rewarding and done more for my career than The Potstickers. I learned a lot, met great people and made new friends.
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    by Published on 10-29-2012 07:00 PM
    Dim Sum Warriors from Yumcha Studios

    This issue of the A-Profiler, Nelson Wong interviews Yen Yen Woo of Yumcha Studios, the studio that has created the Dim Sum Warriors comics. Find out how Yumcha Studios got started, how they took their Dim Sum Warriors into print via a Kickstarter project, and where the best dim sum they have ever had is located.

    Tell us about how Yumcha Studios started? What inspired the creation of the Dim Sum Warriors project?

    My husband Colin and I started out working together as filmmakers first. Our previous feature film, Singapore Dreaming (out now on iTunes and Amazon!) had picked up several awards and gotten international distribution, and we were gearing up for our next movie.

    Then we, well, I got pregnant. Our daughter was born very prematurely - at 30 weeks. So there was no third trimester. She was only 2 pounds and had to be in the neonatal intensive care unit for 5 weeks. That completely changed all our priorities.

    Even though she was alright, we felt that because of her prematurity and all the risks, we had to devote as much of our time to caring to her as possible. This meant shelving filmmaking and all its craziness for a few years. But we knew we still wanted to do something creative. The question is, what ...

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