Wei Luong Gravity was created long before such things existed. “I grew up a huge social media kid – I had all the social: MySpace, Tumblr, Twitter, Friendstar, you name it. I was obsessed with sharing myself and my world online, even if I wasn’t aware that I That’s what I was doing. In college, I studied business and took an online marketing class that started my fascination with social media as a profession. I set a goal to become self-employed one day. My parents are business owners themselves and I saw that they were able to gain independence throughout my childhood. The next 2-years I worked 9-5 years in advertising and social media for post-grad, while building my personal socials side by side. And the rest is history. I have been a full time creator for 1.5 years now! ”
Forced to assimilate after spending her entire youth, she feels empowered to celebrate her visibility as a Vietnamese creator. “It feels vibrant and really exciting. I remember growing up believing that there was no one else who could understand what I was going through, which was basically trying to ‘fit’ into American society and find my own voice. At the same time, I come from a traditional Vietnamese family and values that are sometimes the complete opposite of ‘American’ values. It was a lot of internal turmoil to navigate school, friendships, relationships, etc. Now, I feel like I’m in a position where I can tell young Vietnamese and Asian Americans that there is someone who can tackle and support what they have done. ” As much as you feel pressured to adapt to American society, know that your culture has so much beauty and richness that you can’t appreciate it now but will later. My ‘return’ to my Vietnamese / Asian roots is my It took so long mainly because of the negativity and trauma, like I was bullied at school, ridiculed my face etc but if I could go back I would say f * ck all the negativity. Remember this: people make fun of others because they Doesn’t feel comfortable with himself. So, if someone makes fun of you for being ‘too Asian’ or whatever, fuck them and you do. “
When V. He shared many things in his life Online, He values his offline weekend equally. “Every weekend, from Friday afternoon to 9am on Monday, I completely unplug and do not go to any social media platform (TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.). Instead, I’ll just hang out with my phone and do my hobbies, hang out with family, do housekeeping and chores, and get to the right clean headspace for next week. ” It became very necessary. “Honestly, after spending a few years on social media, I have developed a social media addiction. It’s one of those moody times where he would break into endless soliloquy with himself. I also had a lack of self-worth which told me ‘you have to be online and be available 24/7 otherwise your followers will think you are a lazy creator’ which is very untrue. In 2021, I started going into therapy and really started working on myself – through this, I realized that people need rest and time away from all these stimuli to be happy and healthy. It’s the whole ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’ thing. I also realized that I was sticking to social media over the weekend and letting life melt. I’ve been offline weekend for 6 months now and this is my best life hack, period. “Being offline has significantly improved his mental health.” I was very busy on social media. There were some weekends that I could not stay offline due to work events / responsibilities and the following weeks were just 6 months. Staying away from social media for days definitely allows me to prepare my brain to avoid these things. “
Vi says that sometimes we have to unplug to remember who we really are. “I think there is a way to cloud the mind of social media. You scroll through FYP, Instagram feeds, etc. as well as other people’s thoughts / views / etc. There is a way to get into your brain without you even realizing it. Then, all of a sudden, you are living the way others say you should, and not the way you want it. In addition, all of these constant mental stimuli bring out creative ideas, processing things like personal trauma, and leaving no room for things just like owning. “V itself has a lot of exciting things happening in real life!” I’m so excited! Currently, I’m also building my first home in Portland. Buying a home in 24 and navigating the construction process is challenging but very exciting. Me and my boyfriend will be out of CA for the first time, but we will always be in CA for work and family. Other projects and goals of the year include joining NYFW, working on great deals with my management DBA, being a guest on some video platforms and podcasts, and maybe my Let’s see what the next step in career is! ” Whatever he does, the spectacular content must follow!
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TikTok icon Vi Luong about the importance of unplugging. Photo Credit: Ben Cope.