Being Deaf and an immigrant straight out of Hong Kong did not stop tween Sheena from acting. Due to lack of acting opportunities, Sheena majored in screenwriting at California State University of Northridge. However, she was deterred by her professors for not believing that she, a tiny biracial Deaf woman, could succeed in Hollywood.
Dashed dreams have a way of coming back. Thanks to motherhood and the rise of social media, Sheena created ASL Nook web series starring her family inspiring millions to learn sign language. Sheena and her family has been featured on The Nate Berkus Talk Show, in one of Disney’s most viral commercials, and A&E’s Deaf Out Loud documentary. In between, she was an ASL professor and traveled across the country giving motivational speeches about her life as an immigrant Deaf girl raised in an all-hearing family.
Sheena has also consulted and collaborated with media giants including Disney, Penguin Random House, Kickstarter, Estee Lauder, and several production companies. Her work has received acclaims from Austin Woman Magazine, The Huffington Post, UpWorthy, Mental_Floss, and Ability Magazine. In 2019, SXSW honored Sheena the Community Service Awards for her remarkable contribution towards authentic representation of Deaf people.
More recently, Sheena just completed Warner Bros. Discovery Early Career Bootcamp and is working on several ground-breaking projects in hopes they’ll come to your screen soon.