Pamela Chan is a writer and an actress who is known as much for her soft spoken-ness as she is for her high-pitched squeals. She’s partial to cold weather —though she used to be an avid figure skater—so being a native of sunny Southern California has always worked in her favor.
She enjoys long strolls outdoors (especially on bright, crisp days), discovering copious amounts of new and inspirational performances, giggling until her cheeks ache, and settling in with a good book, fluffy pillow, and hot cup of tea. Look for more of her thoughts and daily adventures on her blog (chancommapamela.wordpress.com) and on Twitter @iampamelachan.
Hometown: I was born and raised in Orange County, California
Where I live now: Los Angeles. I’ll always be a California girl at heart.
Fave book of ALL time: You’re totally asking for trouble here, I’m a total book worm and read basically everything! But to narrow it down, some recent favorites have been Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, Marina Keegan’s The Opposite of Loneliness. If going a little further back, works by Dickinson, Joyce, Wharton, Woolf are all great. I’m also a huge Amy Tan fan— my paperback editions of The Joy Luck Club and The Opposite of Fate are badly bruised and almost broken.
Person who inspires me the most: My mother, hands down. I’m proud to have her as my best friend, my immediate go-to for any advice, my rock in life. She really is the strongest, caring, and most capable person I’ve ever met and I really don’t know where I’d be without her.
What made me want to become a writer: Well, like many others, I’ve always enjoyed writing and storytelling. Not only as creative outlets but as unique ways to fully express so many of the things I sometimes am too afraid to say out loud. Let’s just say I was an extremely shy child, a teeny tiny girl with an incredibly big (and very opinionated!) mind that was bursting at times with thoughts and ideas I just wanted to shout out to the world. But just couldn’t. So writing, naturally, became a way for me to finally do that and I’m lucky enough to have found a small career in that. I’m looking forward to doing so much more!
Music I listen to when I write: Surprisingly, I actually work best when nothing’s on, when it’s just the gentle ticking of my alarm clock. It’s strange, I know, but as much as I adore music (don’t even get me started!), it’s kind of nice to be able to sit in total peace and quiet— to, as cliche as it sounds— just reflect. With all the craziness that goes on everyday, it’s rare to get moments all to ourselves and for me, those are the times I absolutely love to spend writing.
Fave place to work: Normally, I’ll be in my “writing corner” at home— complete with desk, comfy leather chair, laptop, post-its, highlighters, all the basic necessities. But sometimes, I love going outdoors, maybe to the park, the beach, or somewhere with a nice view. A change in scenery is always exciting.
Writers/artists I look up to: Amy Tan, as mentioned. Also, Joan Didion, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath to name a few. And as a fellow performer and an actor, I cannot ever go without mentioning the remarkable Meryl Streep. She is extraordinary.
My favorite story (in this it would be cartoon) I wrote/made for HelloGiggles is… “How Mamma Mia brought me closer to my mom” Why, you ask? You guessed it, because it’s all about someone very special to me. And it was a joy to write!
The title of my memoir would be… Oh this is a tough one. Maybe ask me in a few more years?! 😉 For now, I’d say it would probably be a random series of stories and essays somewhere along the lines of: All The Things I Always Wanted To Say Out Loud.