May 8th 2017 by Anna_Akana • 45 Questions • 202 Points
I'm an actress, online content creator, and cat lady! You can see me on Netflix's You Get Me, the 3rd season of Freeform's Stitchers and Comedy Central's Corporate.
Hi Anna, will you be interested in doing an AMA with /r/asianamerican sometime in the future?
anna, how long does it take you to create 1 youtube video? all the way from writing the script, to filming it, to editing, and finally posting. how many crew members are involved?
It varies. When I first started, it would take me 3-4 days to script, film, edit, etc.
Now that I have a crew, it takes me a day to script/film, and my editor 4-5 hours to edit, then my GFX lady 3 business days to add all the animated elements.
On an average day, I have: Cinematographer (also edits) Producer Grip Gaffer Sound GFX artist
What made you want to become an actress? Also, do you need a film scorer for any potential short films coming up? I make music!
I've wanted to act since I was 5. I was the little red hen for a school puppet play and was hooked ever since. The fact that that's puppetry and not acting never dawned on me.
1.) I know you've teased the idea of playing Silk someday; if you could cast yourself in any comic project, what other heroes or villains would you love to play?
2.) Is there any chance we might see a full-length stand-up special from you soon?
I would absolutely love to continue to be in the MCU and play Silk. I'd also love to be Mulan.
I'm in no rush. Stand up is something I've always done as more of a therapeutic way for me to face my fears and feel alive. It's never been a calling in terms of my purpose. My relationship to the stage is more of a salvation if that makes sense.
Hi Anna! Gotta say I really love your videos! Also I made a reddit account just for you.
So, for my question. My boyfriend, with whom I live with, and I broke up yesterday and tonight is my first night alone. How do I get through it? I feel so alone and just wanna cry my eyes off and then call him and beg him to come back. How do you get through breakups?
Time time time time time. Lean on your friends. Cry as much as you need to. Be a good friend to yourself. Take care of yourself. Exercise. Get enough sleep. Pet some cats (or dogs). Take walks.
Hi Anna! Love your videos! I never used to actually subscribe to channels on YouTube until I watched yours! I just wanted say thank you for being an awesome representative for young Asian Americans in film and media. You are a huge inspiration and I hope you realize how much you've done for our community already. On that note, my question is:
What advice do you have for asian american youth that want to break into the more creative industries, but don't really know where to start?
Depending on where you want to go, I'd say starting is simply the best place. Immerse yourself in whatever industry you're going after. Research the hell out of what you can. Read books. Dive in. The more you focus on action the better off you'll be.
I auditioned. The process entailed being able to lip sync with Michael Pena's monologue, and since that's an odd gift I have, I was able to follow along pretty easily.
I'd love to write/direct a feature film, be a series regular on a show that I find amazing, get married to someone I absolutely adore, have kids.
Really enjoy your YouTube work suggesting quirks in our psycho-social system. Haven't seen any recent postings for your stand-up appearances - how is that going?
I'm taking a break from stand up to focus on other projects! I just wrote a book that comes out 6/13 so have been heavily focused on that.
hi anna! how often do u travel for your own leisure purposes?
I try to visit a new country every year. I grew up in a military family so I'm used to moving every 2-3 years, and so I get the travel bug quite often.
What's the most challenging thing about being a content creator, that you never would have guessed before you started?
The frustrated feeling that you want to do bigger and better content, but that you're limited based on what you can accomplish within a week.
Youtube is an odd game, and on occasion I'm tempted to step away from my once-a-week self imposed deadline to tackle longer form narrative projects. But those aren't a sustainable business model, and ultimately I do this gig because it helps me continue to pursue my passions with more of a selective power stance.
Hey Anna! I've been a huge fan of yours for a very long time now. I know you made a brief reappearance a while back, but what happened to Boner Book Club? I recall you saying something about you no longer having as much time to read as you did before, but I'm sad to see it go. That channel introduced me to a whole new set of books that genuinely inform my reading tastes today. Without Boner Book Club I never would have discovered some of my current favourites like Mysterious Skin or Mr. Nobody. (Side question: Have you read Fresh Off The Boat? Highly recommend.)
I still read, but not as much as I would love to! Boner Book Club got annoying to do because I would just hit record, talk about the book, and upload it. I'm not very eloquent off the top of my head (versus the polished version of myself you see in regular videos) and I cringed while watching it.
I love IPA. In terms of a mixed drink, I go through phases. I used to love the Moscow Mule, then it was a Lemon Drop, and now I'm at Vodka/Cran/OJ
How do you feel you have grown as a content creator? Have you ever re-watched some of your older content? Would you consider making a video of your own reactions to re-watching your older content, like a review/critique/react video?
God, I've grown so much. I saw some of my older content yesterday and screamed out loud. Never want to do a reaction video because I'll probably shrivel up and die.
What was the hardest thing for you to deal with this year and what is your advice for dealing with a similar issue?
The hardest thing this year was having a lot of my life fall apart. My relationship ended, a lot of my previous friendships ended, a few movies I was a part of fell apart and lost their funding. It felt like an entirely new chapter of my life was starting and I wasn't ready for it.
But I am used to change, and normally embrace it, so just sticking it out and knowing that things aren't permanent always helps me
Anna, do you play any sports? If so which ones? Do you watch any sports? If so which ones and which teams do you support?
I do a lot of aerial arts - trapeze, silks, pole. I used to play soccer and dodgeball.
I don't really watch sports, though I have a feeling I'll be dragged to some baseball games soon.
I know you said that you are a comic book fan. So, DC or Marvel? And what is your all time favorite comic, or event, and what have you been reading recently?
I've been reading SAGA religiously. I wanna get into Sandman. Also love Preacher!
I first found your channel through your "How to put on your face" video, which caused me to do a complete 180 in my life and focus on self-care as well as bringing up other girls, rather than tearing them down. While I've seen countless videos of yours, that still really holds up as one of my favorites (along with the "My cats review stuff" series). What is your favorite video on your own channel and why, and also, what is your favorite video on another YouTube channel?
Thanks for doing this AMA (:
Aw thanks so much!
My favorite video is Loose Ends. I love directing, and I think that project holds a special place in my heart because we had an all female crew.
My favorite video on another Youtube channel is everything Natalie Tran makes