While it is true that the entertainment industry can still be considered a space where traditions reign, it cannot be denied that it has evolved over the years, becoming more progressive and inclusive. In the past two years alone, masterpieces such as “Parasite” and “Minari” have risen to the forefront, bagging numerous achievements and proving that Asian-Americans can compete in any field. More significant strides are yet to be taken but the industry has come a long way due to the efforts made by Asian and Asian-American filmmakers and artists like Yeena Sung. Amidst the plethora of multi-talented names in the industry, this go-getter has stood out not only for her arsenal of skills but also for the extent to which she has been using her voice to drive change and transform the norms that have guided the acting realm from the get-go.
Yeena Sung rose through the ranks as a trained actor with an impressive portfolio that includes a highly recognized leading performance in “Hi-Fi, Wi-Fi, Sci-Fi,” and her lead role at the Classical Theater of Harlem’s production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Her extensive experience in the field and professional training have allowed this go-getter to add depth and layers to her performance as well as play complex characters that will leave a mark on the viewers.
Currently represented by A3 Artists Agency and Brillstein Entertainment, a prestigious talent management company whose long list of clients include Forest Whitaker, Brad Pitt, and Elizabeth Olsen, to name a few, Yeena Sung is making waves as a leading actor both in theater and film. In the years since delving into the field, she has impressed both industry peers and viewers alike for her distinctive artistry, strong sense of imagination, flawless performances, and ability to build connections with the audience.
Among the numerous achievements that the professional actor and singer has snagged under her belt is the nomination for “Best Supporting Actress” for the role of Juda in the award-winning film “Let’s Play Dead Girl.” Yeena Sung also reached incredible heights with her lead role in the acclaimed feature film, “Happy Cleaners,” a narrative focusing on the Korean American immigrant experience that earned the “Best Narrative Audience Award” at CAAMFEST 2019, won the “Emerging Filmmaker Award” at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 2019, and was nominated for “Best Ensemble Narrative” at Queens World Film Festival.
On top of her journey to lead the industry one day, what has set Yeena Sung apart from other powerhouses is her values. “I have always been compelled to speak up and do something to bring more agency towards all actors of color and all my colleagues situated in working environments that inhibit their ability to perform their rights,” the well-respected personality shares. Her all-out approach to opposing the way things have always been done in the entertainment scene is in recognition of the lack of opportunities afforded to BIPOC actors and how they are often involved in productions that they do not feel comfortable in. In addition, she is highly cognizant of the widespread trend where BIPOC actors do work for less or no pay and are given no choice but to play roles that perpetuate stereotypes.
Along with carving a path toward the forefront of the acting industry and establishing herself both on stage and on screen, Yeena Sung plans to continue creating more opportunities for fellow actors of color and making more platforms designed to spark deeper conversations, all in the hopes of seeing the industry transform into what it needs to become.
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