For the month of December, I’ll be shining light each day on some extraordinary women I know. They represent various fields and backgrounds, and I admire each for their passion and strength. These are bold, beautiful, brave women — artists, businesswomen, union organizers, nurses, writers, teachers, movie makers, designers, reporters, and all-around badasses.
Leslie Tang was born in the small town of Walnut Creek, California and graduated from USC with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After graduation, she lived in Beijing, China for one year to learn Mandarin (most of which she has forgotten now!) before moving to Hong Kong to pursue her dream of being a TV News Reporter. She has worked in the English media industry for 13 years and her roles have included TV News Reporter. Anchor, Foreign Correspondent, Video Producer, Video Host, Editor, and Voice-Over Artist, where she had a blast doing a wide variety of voices ranging from toys to corporate videos. She loves singing, drawing, acting, going on boat trips and truly treasures friendships and family. She is also obsessed with musical theater!
1. What did you want to be “when you grew up?” Oh gosh, when I was a kid, what I wanted to be changed every day. One day I wanted to be a ballerina, the other day I wanted to be a chef even though I can’t cook to save my life. Then I wanted to be an actress. I also used to want to be a Marine Biologist for a long time since I loved everything to do with marine animals and I would love to read huge books about them and was fascinated watching those documentaries about whales and sharks that most people find long and boring. I was thinking about majoring in Marine Biology when I went to college, but when I called to ask about the program I lost my enthusiasm when I found out how many science classes you had to take before even getting to take any class related to the topic!
2. What makes you the most proud of yourself? I landed my first TV reporting job at age 23 in the vibrant city of Hong Kong and kept forging on since then. To be on-air at a relatively young age is something I am quite proud of. Surviving in the news industry in Hong Kong is no easy task since jobs are limited in English media and if you mess up EVERYONE in the industry will find out, since it’s a small circle. And come on, we are journalists. We gossip about other people and incidents for a living after all! I tried my hand at freelancing for a few years and realized I was terrible at it since I don’t like living on the edge! But at least I tried!
3. What darkness have you overcome? How did you find strength? I don’t talk about this to a lot of people, but starting from the end of my 20s until now I have battled clinical depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and physical illness. I have struggled with managing my illnesses which can be a lot of pressure when needing to be on-camera every day. Things are a lot more stable now after years of finding balance, and I have managed to push through because I have a very strong support system made up of my parents, sister, friends, and a good psychiatrist and therapist.
4. Where will we find you on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m.? If I am not working I will be sleeping in!
5. What makes you smile the most? If I can bring a moment of joy to someone and make them smile and laugh, it makes my day. I love having fun and I’m a people-person!
Bonus: What advice would you give your younger self? I feel like I am STILL trying to give advice to myself! I would love not to care at all about what other people think! I would also remind myself even if people’s lives seem perfect on the outside, you don’t know their real story and what is going on behind the scenes. I am also constantly reminding myself that social media can be quite unhealthy because it is just a “showreel” of people’s lives. People usually only show their best moments and it will drive you crazy to compare yourself to that.
Today’s #OneGoodThing is sharing this extraordinary woman and my friend from journalism school, Leslie Tang, with all of you! We are stronger together, so let’s shine a light on our extraordinary sisters! If you’d like to participate or nominate a woman to participate, please send me a note or leave a comment! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything.
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