Photo taken by Anna Morgowicz

Photo taken by Anna Morgowicz

Name: Yuko

Vocation: Actress / Photographer

Location: NYC


1. What do you currently do now and how did you end up here? Any pit stops along the way and did those pit stops help you get to the career and woman you are now?

I am a photographer and actress. 

As a photographer I shoot portraits, design, artworks (for documentation), food and events.  My clientele ranges from individuals to design studios to art institutions to huge corporations like Getty images. I am a documentarian at heart. I’ve assisted several influential image makers, all of whom I deeply respect.  They all taught me to honor my instincts and to persevere through all the highs and lows of a creative life.

I’m rediscovering my passion for acting after a 10 year hiatus—  as a career I’ve been doing it for the past year.  I got myself a commercial agent and am currently in various commercials, including ones for Walgreens, Budweiser, NJ Lottery, along with various appearances on television and film.  I am currently in rehearsal for an Off-Off Broadway play and am seeking a legit representation that would put me on the radar for more roles in tv/film. 

I find that although there are more ways to go, the industry now has more opportunities for people of all races.  I think there is public interest in hearing authentic voices and stories.  I’m focusing on how my presence could be a push towards a bigger movement to diversify what’s already out there.  I try to remind myself of this every time I get nervous at an audition, that maybe what I do can help people, either motivate them or change their perceptions a bit.


2. What are your current gaps, barriers, facilitators, or motivators? Any of those in particular that helped you along the way?

My biggest motivator is NYC and the people that make this city — I am constantly inspired by the hard working people with big dreams.  This city never fails me in that sense.


3. What is your ideal state / dream state of being as a woman in your career and a woman in this world? How will you get there?

The ideal state would be to work with people I love and trust who push me to grow and do bigger greater things— and to create work that could be enjoyed by many people.


4. What common misconceptions do you find about your field, your life, about women in general?

I’m often surprised by how people, even friends, only see the facade to one’s triumphs.  There’s a lot of hard work and compromises made behind what the eye can see.


5. Any advice or tips & tricks you want to give to a younger you? Whether it be how to apt hunt on craigslist to getting your shoes cobble to getting a work mentor etc

Take care and nourish yourself.  Meditate!

Simplify your life so you could focus on and appreciate what’s in front of you.

Don’t stick around people who don’t appreciate or respect you (duh)

Every effort counts in building towards your dream, even if you don’t feel it!


BONUS QUESTION: What should lead your life: passion or pragmatism? (general thoughts, could be a convergence, could be one or the other!)

You need both, but passion drives you to live fully and when you live fully and positively, things miraculously work out :)


BONUS BONUS QUESTION: What are you most proud of?

Of staying naive!