Qui Nguyen is a TV and film writer, playwright, and self-identified geek. His career has gone from co-founder and artistic director of the Obie award winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company to Daytime Emmy award winning Hollywood screenwriter.  Qui believes in celebrating failure, working hard, and he prefers climbing mountains with a team over a solo journey.

To assist everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment across the country. The Actors Fund is collaborating with the community to help navigate unemployment during the pandemic.

SHOW NOTES

KEY QUOTES

  • People kept saying you will never get a New York Times review if you name yourself Vampire Cowboys. 
  • I never worried about taking myself seriously. I just wanted to do what I wanted to do. 
  • I wanted to do fights. I wanted to do comic books. 
  • You can be the greatest ally in the world but it’s different having someone in the room who has lived and breathed that experience. 
  • The main difference is my parents are immigrants and I…am not. 
  • You can’t be what you can’t see…and there are so many people who don’t get to see themselves as heroes. And I didn’t like that idea. 
  • My stage needs to look as diverse as the New York subway. 
  • A part of what makes a career full is making it and stopping to tell your story along the way. It’s not just about my journey. 
  • I am who I am because of failure. Massive amounts of failure. 

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