Elaine's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Aussie Girls

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

ELAINE KWON

Pianist
MIT

“I said I'm gonna really absolutely follow my heart, ‘cause otherwise I'm going to feel sick inside.”

INTERESTS:

Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Chance Doubt Family Fear Money & Financial Security Pressure Individualism Choices Experience Inspiration Regrets Education Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

carnegie hall, childhood, coincidence, curiosity, distance, doctor, fitness, follow your heart, martial arts, medicine, modeling, New York, open mind, parents, performing, piano, saxophone, security, tae kwon do, time

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Had a demanding father who just wanted her to succeed, pushed her, knew as a minority female, she’d have to work “doubly hard.”
  • Started playing piano at age four.
  • Was set up to go to the University of Washington and study medicine when she “made a break.”
  • Realized she didn’t want to go into medicine, had a tough conversation with her father and “just left,” went to study piano in Texas.
  • Says it was very important for her to get away from home, where she slipped back into old habits; says find yourself your own space.
  • At age 25, she found a new passion for taekwondo; said “whatever strikes me, I’m gonna try to explore.”
  • Answered Nike ad calling for fitness models; went for it at age 37 even though they wanted ages 18-23; got the part; says “What’s too old?”
  • Says “you can redefine what it means to be a woman at any age.”

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