It’s been a few years since I started my blog and YouTube channel. Today I thought it would be nice to meet again. Because you are my monthly newsletter subscriber, I wanted to share with you a very detailed bio about who I am and how I am here today. Last month you got to meet hubs. So this month I thought it would be nice to meet, again. If you missed last month, you can find the post here. Password is: create
My name is Serein Wu (pronounced like serene). I am originally from Orange County, California but have had the pleasure of calling New York and Los Angeles, home. Currently I live full time in LA, with my husband and two fur babies (A morkie named Dolly, and a long haired chihuahua, named Cooper).
Obviously there was no such thing as social media back when I was growing up, but to understand how I got to where I am today I have to first take you back in time.
At 6 years old my mom found a dance studio near our house and I started taking ballet classes a couple of days a week. I absolutely LOVED dancing. The thing that brought me the most happiness was getting to perform on stage. As I got older I started to discover new outlets for my performing passion. So, when I stepped on stage for my first musical theatre class, I knew I had found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life (Or so I thought).
I knew I wanted to pursue an acting career because I lived about 2 hours from Los Angeles this seemed possible. At 15 I decided that I would try and find a talent agent so that I could start auditioning for television shows, movies and commercials. I did have some success and was able to book a few jobs before taking a break to attend college.
This is where things started to fall apart. Up until I started college I had LOVED the arts and being able to perform. Unfortunately, this all changed during those 3 years. My collegiate experience was not pleasant. The environment was not nurturing or healthy and did not foster growth as an artist or as a person.
After college I bounced back and forth between New York and LA, before finally deciding to put down roots on the west coast. I got a new agent and began auditioning again for TV, films, and commercials but it never gave me the same joy that it did when I was younger.
For most of my early 20’s, I seemed to always feel a bit depressed and looking back now, I realize that I had been dealing with some sort of depression for most of my life. At the time I didn’t know it of course. I just thought there was something wrong with me, or that I was “overly emotional” because that’s what people would say to me.
My life during these years were very chaotic. I would swing from super happy to debilitating depression. Really I wasn’t happy at all.
Like many actors, I had told myself that all I needed to be happy was to book bigger, better acting jobs. With this in mind, I decided to fire my current agent and seek out a higher level of representation. (Enter Hubs)
Falling In Love, Sort of…
I had sent out a bunch of headshots to different agents around town and got called in by several. One of the agents that called me in for an interview actually worked for the same firm that represented my best friend. Excited because she had been with them since she was a kid and always had the best things to say about them.
Taking a pause here to say, it really wasn’t love at first sight, not for me anyways.
Upon meeting Chris, I could not believe the guy at my interview was this shark that I had heard so much about.
He emailed me later that day and asked if I would like to have dinner with him. When I got his email I fully intended on saying no and If it hadn’t been for my friend coming over and vouching for him, I would have. That and my deal with myself at the time to say “yes” to anyone who asked me on a date. There was some major dating issues going on with me at the time.
After many dates, Chris became my rock. He supported me and loved me and believed in me so deeply that I started to feel like everything was right in the world, well… almost.
While I was extremely happy in my relationship, I was completely miserable in my career. To have something that I had loved so much become such a source of pain was devastating. Adding to the problem, were some family issues around the time of our wedding.
I was depressed, angry, and could not get out of bed. There was a period of therapy and lots of self help books, but there was a piece of the puzzle that was missing. I was dressing to be depressed, baggy sweats, no makeup, and most days I didn’t even brush my hair. If there wasn’t a meeting I had to be presentable for, I stayed in bed. Sleeping 12 hours or more was normal for me. This of course would perpetuate my depression and feeling of inadequacy.
Finding Something Else
Fashion and beauty always brought joy to my life. I lived for my magazine subscriptions growing up. Shopping with my mom was one of my favorite ways to spend my time. Makeup was a chance to experiment and play. Skincare was always important to me. No matter how depressed I got, I always managed a three step skincare routine.
Stumbling across tumblr and the YouTube beauty community one day, I realized I had given up. I was robbing myself of the joys of simple things that I loved and could do for myself everyday. This is when I started to dress myself happy. Slowly the work I had been doing on the inside was matching the work that was being done on the outside. It was also the first time I found others who loved beauty and fashion as much as I did. Suddenly, I didn’t feel so alone. There was this whole internet community out there that loved products as much as I did.
Beauty & Happiness
Beauty comes from within and we all have struggles, but we are all beautiful in our own way. Sometimes we just need to fake it till we make it. Don’t believe me? Watch this Ted Talk. This does not mean we shouldn’t do the work internally, just that, while we process the work and heal ourselves, we can fake it on the outside till it all comes together and clicks.
My blog originated in a time of need, and it has since evolved through the years. I started a YouTube channel, shared some of my personal life on my second channel, became more active on twitter, snapchat, and instagram and have recently launched a Podcast called “Behind the Beauty.” You can find the new Behind The Beauty website here.
My goal is to help people feel and look their best, so they can go out there and conquer whatever life has to throw at them. I want to inspire, motivate, and help people escape whatever troubles they may have. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to so many bloggers and vloggers for where I am today as a human being. YouTube and Blogging truly saved my life, and I am forever grateful.
SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY: FEBRUARY
Each month I will be randomly selecting a newsletter subscriber as a winner. I’ve e-mailed Emma, she has confirmed and she’ll receive a little surprise in the mail from me.
Congratulations to Emma!
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I’M A FRESH SUGAR LIP LOVER AMBASSADOR!
Incase you missed my recent At Home Spa Night video, I announced that I am one of 5 Sugar Lip Lover Ambassadors for 2017! This is a dream come true to be able to work with a brand I’ve loved since 2005. After my trip to NYC, meeting the founders and hearing all the stories of the brand and products, I’m incredibly grateful to be apart of this program. This means I get to share with you all the new lip launches first hand for the upcoming year. Don’t worry my opinion is always my own and 100% honest. Fresh has been amazing in letting me do what I do best, giving you guys the information and sharing my honest thoughts.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
I love listening to my audible books, especially with long commutes and LA traffic. With my mom’s passing and traveling the past month I haven’t had a chance to listen as much. I did finish An Ember In The Ashes and boy is it just amazing! I love it. Perfect fantasy adventure story with complex characters. I started A Torch Against The Night and have about 3 hours left. So bummed that I have to wait for the third book to come out. If you liked any of my Sarah J. Maas recommendations, you’ll love this series by Sabaa Tahir.
If you’re like me and spend a lot of time in the car, you can use this link to download a free audiobook from Audible.
You will have to sign up with a credit card, but can cancel after your first download at no cost + keep your book. My personal favorite about audible is if you do not like the book for any reason, you can return it. No questions asked! I personally pay for my membership each month because of all the commuting I do.
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Finally, I want to thank you all for the support the last month. Really the last year. Without this community, I’m not quite sure I could have handled everything. I am still processing and some days are harder than others, but I know that I have your support. Thank you for all the messages, cards, flowers, and patience.