“what if this is as happy as we ever get?

think about it.”

Hey there, nice to meet you!

Let me introduce myself—I’m Dawn.

I find third-person resume bios a bit off-putting, so I’m going to speak to you like you are an actual human reading this. If you are a cyborg or a being from another planet, I have so many questions. Also, I hope you come in peace.

I am an up-and-coming American actress/writer/artist of Korean and Scandinavian descent. 

I am a tiny human with a vivid, magical imagination and I dive head first into life with an attitude of whimsy and wit. I’m clever, so it would be wise not to underestimate my fortitude! I’ve overcome a lot, from figuring out how to boil an egg without an egg timer (it’s a real thing) to experiencing the sudden death of someone similar in age whom I loved very much. I’ve learned to love the ebb and flow in this wild ocean called life. Through it all, I have kept my heart light and my often-corny sense of humor, dark. I can be distracted by a flurry of butterflies and hand you a ten-page report at the same time. I’m not afraid to tackle the deep stuff but I am afraid of detangling Christmas lights. Seriously, don’t give them to me.

Spoiler alert! I’m going to get a little actor-y here, so brace yourself. I promise it won’t be too long.

My Favorite Acting Highlights so far: 

  • ON CAMERA: I was chosen to portray a lower functioning autistic teenager in the short film Guttersnipes (written by Joe Aaron, whose daughter is autistic).  This role was incredibly challenging and I loved every minute of it. I received kudos from the autism community for my work which solidified my belief that I am capable of telling important stories for a living. I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of this project and it is one of my most treasured acting experiences. (Rehearsal tape available in my reels/clips section).

  • THEATRE: My favorite live theatre involvement was Kaidan: Walls Grow Thin by Rogue Artists Ensemble and East West Players. I loved it because it was an immersive theatre production housed in a five story warehouse, based on Japanese horror folk tales. I was able to weave my character and the play’s story in and out of the audience’s experience. With five shows a night, each interaction was different, unique and fresh. Story improv is so much fun.

  • REALITY TV: I was sought out by the SVT network to participate in one of Sweden's most popular shows (they won an International Emmy!), a heartfelt genealogy reality show — Allt För Sverige. I discovered my Swedish heritage, as well as many things about myself on this adventure. This has been one of my favorite life experiences because I discovered a country, family, and a part of me that I had never known. I know this isn’t technically acting, but it was very entertaining. Someone even made a meme of me from one of the episodes where I was super excited to be cooking an old-school Swedish meal, until I found out what it was. (Sizzle compilation available in my reels/clips section).


My favorite genres for acting are fantasy (Hello Guillermo Del Toro!), off-center comedy, dystopian sci-fi, and psychological thrillers, but I’m into almost anything with a good story and interesting characters.

I’m a unique being (like everyone else), but if a young Sissy Spacek, Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page, Rachel Weisz, and Park Bo-young were ingredients in a cake you baked, iced with Anna Karina and Melanie Lynskey, and decorated with a young Anthony Perkins, your finished product would be me. Please don’t serve me at your next birthday.

A friend described me as the perfect blend of cute and creepy. He described this combination in me as “delightful”. I can get down with this branding. (Example of me getting my creep on in my reel or sizzle piece, Tuesday.)

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I’ve also recently ventured into the world of voice over for animation. I find it extremely fascinating and a complete blast.

I am constantly creating, collaborating and writing. I love the process.


I am a Sagittarius sun/Leo rising/Libra moon. I’ve been told that this combo is great for a creative. Cool.

Forever curious, at three years old I put a roly-poly bug in my mouth to see if it would curl up on my tongue. It did and now I know what Ivory soap tastes like. (Thanks Mom!)

I believe that change is inevitable and growth is necessary (I don’t put bugs into my mouth anymore). How we show up is up to us. Having a sense of agency is very important to me.

I find life awkward, simple, complex. Always beautiful and interesting. Even the “ugly” stuff. Sometimes hilarious and weird—just like people. Dark/Light are both needed for balance. I am a work in progress, constantly working on genuinely loving and encouraging me to step up my best self each day, even if I stumble. If I can inspire someone else to do the same, it's a day well done.

Everything is energy. Fall down, give love. Rise up, give love. 

As Leonard Cohen said, “Do not be a magician—be magic!”

If you are interested in knowing more about me personally, feel free to swing by my social media. I post pretty frequently. I also paint.

Links are in the footer. 

P.S. If you are going to put me into your pocket, please make sure there are snacks. Even better if it’s a pocket in a dress. #pocketdresses4eva

Thanks for popping in!

XoXo, Dawn