#iumienwomenmoversandshakers: Sirena Yang
What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
The most significant barrier to female leadership is possibly from women not completely believing in themselves. We can achieve so much more than what has been perpetuated by past ideologies. We are self-sufficient, powerful, ambitious, and successful. We are world changers.
What is one event that helped shape your life?
One event that truly shaped my life (aside from going to college) was joining a talent development program called AMTC—Actors, Models, & Talent for Christ when I first decided to pursue music. I met my closest friends there who are all like-minded, God-loving, bold, artistic women who have supported me the entire five years that I’ve been in LA. It’s really difficult to survive LA without a strong support group, so I’m really thankful for them. I’ve made amazing friends out here in general, which has been such a blessing.
What’s one of the toughest decisions you’ve had to make and how did it impact your life?
The toughest decision I’ve ever made was moving to LA to chase my dream with music despite my lack of experience and connections. On top of that, there has never been a mainstream, full Asian artist in America, so the odds did not look good in my favor. My dad was really against the idea as well, since there is no guaranteed financial stability as a singer.
However, once I was nearing my college graduation, I prayed about what God wanted me to do next, and I just knew in my heart that it was finally my time to pursue my passion for singing as a profession. I told God that if it was of His will, I would go all in. I moved to LA in September 2014 and have never looked back. It has been quite the journey in the past five years, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
What is an accomplishment you are proud of?
An accomplishment I’m proud of is signing with my label InRage (an indie label branched from Sony) and becoming the first Iu Mien-American Pop Artist in mainstream media. I just released a single called “M.I.E.N.” that I wrote to raise cultural awareness for the Iu Mien (& all other minorities) to the world. I also just finished filming the music video this past Thursday, Mar. 21, so definitely stayed tuned for that soon. “M.I.E.N.” and my debut single, “I Am (Doin’ Alright)” are both available to stream/download on all music platforms.
If there was a young girl out there who wanted to do what you did, what would you tell her?
Take the risk and jump. God has instilled a special gift in each of us. Use that gift to be a light of positivity & hope to others’ lives.
Believe in yourself. This journey isn’t easy, but it’s worthwhile. Be prepared for rejection, but also ignore the naysayers. Have confidence in the profound person God has created you to be. One of the best gifts you could ever give yourself is the opportunity to learn and grow by moving out of your comfort zone. You are capable than so much more than you could ever fathom.
How can people get a hold of you? i.e., social media, phone number
I encourage anybody to reach out to me if they’re debating on making the move to LA whether it’s for music, acting, dance, etc. I’d love to encourage you and support you in your journey. No one will understand your struggle more than a fellow artist.
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Follow: @inrageent www.inrage.com