How DID MY NAME CHANGE MY LIFE
In Chinese, my family name means Pheonix. And my first name Xi, is an interjectional word that was used at the end of each verse in ancient poetry. It's hell of a rare name.
I assumed, as early as in my childhood, that I won't be living a normal life with this abnormal name. I have to be an artist or something. My parents are both professors of Art and Literature. Although I never fully realise this until my 20s. I "assumed" they are "failed artists". Having parents who passed their early youths in Mao's regime, who are into arts and literature does not make them encouraging parents for art kid. Quite on the contrary, they lived this fear of the tough career choice of being an artist in their time.
When I told my mother that I would go to art school, she was devastated. I think they are still artists in their soul because they are both insecure and dramatic beings.
But they wouldn't be able to stop me. I got into a well known design school in China. And within a year, an opportunity came up to me to continue my study in Quebec. I lived in the somewhat isolated snow land for two years and a half, contemplating on many things. And from then on, the situation got out of control. Many events occurred during the following years that brought real "devastation" for my family :
1. I never returned to live in China.
2. I started to work in the field fo Cinema, and became an editor.
3. I practice video art projects on the side.
4. I spend my savings traveling the world.
5. I eventually give up stable life and moved to Paris.
But they learn to accept my "crazy life" now. With my work experience with award-winning companies and filmmakers in Canada and Europe over the last 5 years, they are even a bit proud of the only daughter who they love and care so much, and who's actually realising the dream of their youth.
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凤兮 中文简历（cooming soon）