This week, we're featuring our west coast model and friend, Ally Tseng. Bright, generous, funny and hard-working, Ally embodies the Kicheko woman and our chat will give you a glimpse of her personality, vision, compassion and sense of humor. With a recent career opportunity moving her across the country, Ally now lives in Los Angeles and works as Senior Marketing Manager for DreamWorks Animation, the studio responsible for gems like How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Puss in Boots and Madagascar. We hope you enjoy getting to know Ally!
Let's start with some fun rapid fire. What's on your playlist?
I’ve been listening to a ton of throwback artists lately! I love anything 90’s hip hop/R&B but recently I went to a Taking Back Sunday concert and I’ve spiraled back to my teenage angst/emo-loving phase! Dashboard Confessional all the way!
What books/podcasts/TV shows are you loving right now?
I’m obsessed with Scandal (#TEAMFITZ ALL THE WAY), but now that the season is over, I need a new show! I just got rid of cable so I have been binge watching all the shows on Netflix (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of my favs ).
Most used app on your phone? YELP (duh!)
What recipe can you not get enough of?
Anything with cauliflower .. oh! And avocado toast.
Next place you want to travel?
I love the idea of traveling abroad, but there are so many options and I get overwhelmed thinking about it! This year I’ve made a goal for myself to travel to 3 US cities- Austin, Portland, & Sedona! I just came back from Austin and loved it! Next...maybe Portland!
Name three of your style mavens that inspire your own aesthetic?
Which Kicheko design do you love in the new collection?
My favorite is the Kedge Hollow piece because it is a statement necklace but looks delicate at the same time.
If you weren’t at your current job, you would be...
TRAVELING THE WORLD!!!
Tell us a little about what you do. What do you like about it? Why do you do it?
I work at DreamWorks Animation doing Retail Marketing for their Consumer Products division. I love what I do because I get to work on fun entertainment properties and my job allows me to be super creative. I love it here at DreamWorks (not only for the free food) but because the people are so great and very supportive.
What is the best thing you learned last year?
One of the major reasons why we fear change is because of the discomfort and anxiety you feel during that transitional phase but once you realize that that phase is only temporary, change doesn’t seem that scary.
Best thing you have learned so far this year?
Never treat someone like a priority when that someone treats you like you’re an option.
What is one unique advantage of being a woman right now?
We have a more diverse range of shoe options ;)
What is one disadvantage of being a woman right now?
The lines to the woman’s bathroom when you go out!
What injustice breaks your heart?
The non-support of same sex marriage. Everyone is human and should have the right to love and marry whomever they chose.
What is one misconception about yourself that you would like to clear up?
Just because I am Asian doesn’t mean I am good at math!
What is your biggest challenge right now?
Learning how to balance both work and life has always been a huge challenge for me... I’m still working through it.
What makes your heart happy?
The thought of my family and friends back east.
What is something silly that makes you laugh uncontrollably?
Anything that thefatjewish posts on Instagram.
Best advice someone has given you or you have given someone….
Your career is your responsibility, not anyone else’s.