Proud Stories: Woody Fu (He/Him/His)
Q: What kind of performance artist are you?
Q: When did you first know that you wanted to be a full-time artist?
I was performing a ton of improv in New York, thinking that comedy was something I enjoyed doing but had no idea how to pursue professionally. Then I spent 2015 performing comedy regularly in Amsterdam, and came back to the states totally focused on building a career. Turns out I always wanted to do it but was scared to admit it. Now that I admitted it, it's still scary.
Q: How are you keeping yourself inspired to create during this unprecedented time?
WHOO! I'm not? Really? I toggle back and forth between bursts of creativity and watching all of the Sopranos. It's hard to have creative discipline in general, and especially right now. Mostly I try to write a little bit, reward myself, and then read or take a break. Been reading a lot of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, which may or may not be adding to the horror!
Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome as an artist and how did you overcome it?
I think mostly it's turning off the judgment brain whenever you make anything. Whether you're writing, drawing, acting, whatever. I always struggle with turning off the director/judgey part of my brain, which is essential to making things. The truth is I usually don't overcome it. I just try to ride out creative inspiration when it hits. "War of Art" and "Big Magic" are both great books that talk about this!
Q: What are you most proud of in your career thus far?
I recently performed 15 minutes of characters and bits at the Chinese School I attended as a kid. Auditorium filled with Chinese kids aged high school and younger. Weirdly a highlight for me!
Q: Is there anything you are working on now that can be shared and supported?
Not for me, but why not donate a little $$ here?: Black Lives Matter