The Glee Project’s Abraham Lim: “YouTube Is An Amazing Platform …
Posted by Alan Van on Friday, Jul 27, 2012 ·
Have we been gripping adult with this season’s “The Glee Project”? If so, afterwards we know that one of this season’s favorites — a talented, funny, personality-laden hustler with a heading startle of red hair, Abraham Lim, was suspended in this week’s “Tenacity”-themed rejecting episode. After brandishing his “Eye of a Tiger” in a quarrel with Ryan Murphy and a other mentors following his final probability performance, his time on “The Glee Project” unfortunately ended. Although left from a uncover distant too soon, NMR will perpetually be #TeamAbraham. Before his elimination, NMR was means to discuss with Abraham about YouTube, a Asian American potion ceiling, and his adore for a LGBT community. Also, check out a one time we committed a jackassed mistake paus of stereotyping Abraham Lim as gay. *cough* #TEAMABRAHAM
So, we theory we can start right off a bat. Abraham, what has it been like so distant being on “The Glee Project”?
Abraham Lim: It’s felt like a dream come loyal for me, like, we overtly don’t wish to get adult if it is a dream. It’s graceful many all that I’ve wanted to do given we was little, nonetheless we was possibly too fearful or usually not secure adequate in myself to do so. It’s unequivocally good to be on a uncover like this that is so opposite from all a other existence foe array where we indeed get approach mentoring from a industry’s best. It’s unequivocally very, unequivocally cool, and I’m so respected to be partial of this experience.
So were we a fan of “Glee” before we assimilated a show, honestly?
Abraham: Oh yeah, it’s unequivocally embarrassing. we used to infrequently go on “Glee” forums, and we wouldn’t post anything, like we would spasmodic if we saw something and we was unequivocally ardent about it. But yeah, we have watched it given deteriorate one, a commander episode, and during first, we was kind of uncertain about it given it seemed unequivocally like–I don’t know–it usually didn’t unequivocally squeeze my attention. But afterwards we watched it, and we was so hooked. we have not missed an episode, and even if it would cost me nap we would watch “Glee” on Hulu or something like that. we am a outrageous fan, and we unequivocally adore a show. It is usually a groundbreaking uncover on so many levels, and we am usually a outrageous fan.
That is unequivocally cold when we are a fan of a uncover and we have a probability of going on it. we can see how that would be a dream come true. What’s it like vital with so many other people?
Abraham: You know, honestly, it’s unequivocally cold given on a one palm we live with 13 other contenders, and everybody is so opposite and everybody has a opposite story, so it is unequivocally unequivocally cold given it gives we discernment into opposite perspectives and opposite stories that people move into a house. But on a other hand, when we do see people 24/7, infrequently it can get a bit frustrating. But we meant it’s like a possess small family; when we see my family all a time it’s like, “Okay, I’ve had enough.” we need some time to go do something and go into my room and have my possess space. we mean, for a many partial it’s been an extraordinary knowledge vital with so many opposite people and usually to learn some-more about them and enlarge in terms of my horizon, in terms of viewpoint and all that.
Are there any other contestants that we usually can’t stand? Anyone we have a hots for?
Abraham: [laughs] You are usually digging for a dirt. No, for a many partial we know a lot of them are really, unequivocally good friends. And yeah, we meant we have some really, unequivocally tighten friends. we am super tighten with Tyler and Blake and Nelly and Shanna, and we do adore many of a contenders. Anyway, relocating on.
When we creatively submitted your try-out it was by a YouTube video, right?
Abraham: No, “The Glee Project” on Oxygen indeed had a website, and it had an app that we can download where we can contention an online audition. There were in-call, open auditions for everybody in opposite cities via a United States, and there were also online auditions. we didn’t indeed have income to fly over to New York, and that was creatively a devise given we went to ISA early final year, and we indeed saw Damien and Cameron. Obviously, we knew who they were as fans given we watched a uncover final year. we was behaving during ISA, and we ran into Damien, and we was like, “Oh hi. we usually unequivocally wanted to say, ‘I consider you’re great,’” and he was like, “Oh, we should try out for a show. It’s going to be auditioning in New York.” So that was a devise originally, nonetheless we had no money, so we usually auditioned online, and low and behold, we got a call behind and afterwards that led to me being on a show.
Originally, did we wish to be a YouTube personality? Did we wish to have a participation on YouTube, or was that usually a stepping mill to get into a singing career?
Abraham: Honestly, for me, YouTube was some-more of a personal try some-more than anything. we didn’t design anything when we put adult my initial video, that was “Someone Like You” by Adele, and it was a cover. we had literally, like, a few hundred views; maybe if I’m lucky, a small over a thousand. For me, it was some-more of like we usually need to take a step of being some-more secure in myself and being some-more secure in my talent. Come what may, regardless of either it is certain or negative, we usually unequivocally wish to share that with everybody. Unexpectedly, it usually arrange of took off, nonetheless we unequivocally consider that YouTube is an extraordinary height generally for underrepresented groups within multitude like Asian Americans. They are not unequivocally represented, like it’s arrange of different. we have grown adult in a states all my life, nonetheless we see a lot of archetype Asian characters. So, it’s unequivocally a good stepping stone, and we know, it has led me to this, so we am so gladdened to amicable platforms like YouTube and all a supporters that stranded by me, given they are so amazing, and we have no suspicion what they saw or listened that was that great [laughs].
So you’ve talked about being Asian, and we know we have usually been during this for a while, given creatively we were going to go to law school. What do we consider a hurdles have been and are for an Asian American perplexing to make it as a singer?
Abraham: we would contend — usually off a tip of my control — we wrote a blog recently about this, and if we unequivocally consider about a Asian American entertainers that have unequivocally done a outrageous impact on a American party attention over a past year, we can’t unequivocally consider of many — we know what we mean? How many Asian Americans have been on a Billboard charts, how many have won an Emmy or a Golden Globe or an Oscar or have been in a strike radio show? we can consider of Sandra Oh, and she plays a unequivocally concept character; it’s not usually her jumping on H2O and drifting in a air. we unequivocally do consider that it is an ascending battle, and we do consider that there is a potion roof as with a lot of other opposite racial groups; it’s not usually Asian Americans. Personally, we consider in further to being on “Glee,” obviously, we unequivocally wish to — even if it is usually to leave a few cracks on that potion roof — that’s unequivocally what we wish to do. we wish to be a concept character; we don’t wish to usually do, “Oh, hi. we got a B+, my life is over.” we wish to be a heartbreaker, we know? we wish to flir; arrange of crazy given that’s what we am.
Are we fearful of that potion ceiling? Especially not usually as an Asian American nonetheless as a Gaysian?
Abraham: As a “Gaysian”?
Yeah, as a happy Asian American.
Abraham: I’m indeed not a happy Asian American. we am usually an Asian American. Yeah, nonetheless we know what, though? It’s indeed unequivocally graceful for me that people would consider that, given we grew adult with my mom and my sister, so we picked adult a lot of mannerisms and even usually how we speak or correlate with people. It’s been arrange of recognised as, “Oh yeah, so he is apparently a happy Asian American,” and it’s arrange of an ascending conflict too, given there are a lot of people who have been in a LGBT village that have been creation a symbol in a party industry, that is amazing. But to be viewed as happy and also Asian American, that is indeed loyal — a Asian American partial — and to be oral of like dual minority groups, even nonetheless I’m not — one is not loyal — it is arrange of an ascending battle, nonetheless afterwards it’s indeed unequivocally amazing, surprisingly. So many people of a LGBT village have been reaching out and messaging me and saying, “Thank you,” for being so bold, and I’m like, “That’s amazing, given I’m usually being myself, not selecting to be anything other than that.” So while it is an ascending battle, we unequivocally consider it’s a quarrel value fighting. I’m not intimidated by it during all, so yes, very, unequivocally cool. I’m unequivocally flattered.
I know we aren’t annoyed by it, that is unequivocally cool, nonetheless I’m contemptible for stereotyping you.
Abraham: I consider it’s so flattering, given we have so many happy friends, and we have so many people that we know that work in this industry, and we see them, and they are all unequivocally great. A lot of them dress unequivocally good and demeanour a lot improved than we do. So appreciate we for that, nonetheless yeah, don’t be contemptible about it, it’s fine.
Do we consider there are advantages to not carrying been lerned in singing and dancing? Of course, you’re good in both.
Abraham: Thank you. we would contend that it creates we some-more malleable, given on a uncover like “The Glee Project” we are being mentored, so if we are in a outspoken counter with Nikki Anders — she is a outspoken writer and coach — if she tells we to do something, if we are classically lerned all your life, and we have a certain approach of doing things, we can’t be as stretchable with bettering to certain situations. So we do unequivocally consider in some ways it’s done me some-more stretchable and some-more teachable, nonetheless during a same time, it would have been good to have a outspoken doctrine or dual before to all of this. But we know, all happens for a reason. we consider “Glee” and “The Glee Project,” it’s all about celebrating a loser and how good it would be if someone who has had no training vocally, dancing and acting, nothing, came adult and was a victor. we consider that’s an extraordinary covenant to this show.
Yeah, and we saw that before we were on “The Glee Project,” we were a bartender. Is that right?
Abraham: Yeah, we was.
And also a authorised aid.
Abraham: Mm hm.
What was that bartending knowledge like? I’m usually curious.
Abraham: Oh, that’s a good question. Bartending is unequivocally rewarding in a clarity that we get a lot of money, so cha-ching. You accommodate a lot of unequivocally engaging people, and it can get really, unequivocally fun. Plus, we know how to make a lot of unequivocally good drinks that a lot of people don’t know of, nonetheless on a other hand, we do understanding with a few drunkards once in a while. But honestly, someone threw their ID during me and literally strike me in a chest. It was like a freakin’ ninja star, and we was like, “Okay, we can leave now,” and we usually threw a label behind and was like, “Bye.” Because we do have to control yourself, and it is about patron service, nonetheless there is respect. we consider that regardless of if you’re drunk, if we are going to drink, and we get dipsomaniac and we forget about respect, afterwards usually get out.
Out of all of a mentors that we have had so far, we have already had dual from a tangible show. Who has been your favorite so far?
Abraham: Well, so distant we had Lea and Samuel Larsen, and actually, winning dance ability week and carrying that one-on-one with Samuel was unequivocally unequivocally cool. So they are both good in so many opposite ways, given Lea is not a rookie, she is a maestro of Glee, she has been there given a beginning; and Samuel was in a boots final year, we know? So both offer unequivocally current discernment into a uncover and their purpose in it, nonetheless to be honest, we was unequivocally excited when we saw Ryan Murphy come in. Whenever he says something to me or whenever he gives me feedback, we soak it adult like a freaking sponge. That male has an eye for things, and we consider he unequivocally sees me and sees who we am, so that is unequivocally very, unequivocally appreciated.
And so aside from him, who else could come in that would make we usually piss your pants?
Abraham: Chris Colfer. we have been really, realy excited. we was channel my fingers like, “Chris Colfer, greatfully come, like Jesus.” Also, Heather Morris; we indeed suspicion that she was going to be here for dance ability week, nonetheless she wasn’t, so honestly, we was a tad bit disappointed, nonetheless that arrange of evaporated when we had to do a opening and all that. But yeah, we would contend Chris Colfer is a large one for me nonetheless given we feel like he is one of a people that lift a show, and his impression in and of itself has damaged so many bounds for so many opposite people. we feel like he epitomizes a loser for “Glee.” Definitely him. He is so inspirational even in genuine life, like Time Magazine 100 Most Influential, he has a film entrance adult that he wrote — we mean, he wrote a book — and like, he’s usually crazy, and he is usually all of what? 21 years old?
What’s in store for a destiny for your possess personal channels? You are unequivocally interactive with your fans on Twitter and Instagram, and we also notice we are still putting adult videos. Where is all that going to go?
Abraham: Yeah, we know a lot of people have been wondering and seeking me what’s function with my YouTube channel. we don’t forget where we come from, and we know that YouTube was unequivocally a outrageous starting indicate for me, so we unequivocally am going to be putting adult covers in a future. At a moment, we am usually so busy, and there are usually certain constraints that we can’t overcome, nonetheless we will be putting adult covers, we will be putting adult blogs on updating people with what I’m doing, where we am in my life and generally during “The Glee Project” we will be putting adult certain blogs too, usually recapping a episodes in my possess uncanny way. Yeah, my YouTube channel is still alive and well; it’s usually arrange of on vacation.
When KevJumba was on “The Amazing Race,” he did a identical thing where he would vlog about what happened in a prior episodes before, and as a result, those episodes would get a ton of viewers usually given all his supporters would rush and go watch those episodes. Do we consider there is a identical outcome with you?
Abraham: You know, we don’t have as many supporters as Kevin Jumba, so we don’t know if we have that volume of amicable poke yet. But for recaps, honestly, it has zero to do with me strategically perplexing to get ratings. It has some-more to do with a lot of a general fans; we adore them so much, and they watch a uncover online given it doesn’t atmosphere in their nation or it’s entrance out after on, and they wish to watch it now. So it is some-more for people who can’t watch it or for them to modernise their minds. we know a lot of people are examination it currently given they wish to arrange of summation all before they watch a subsequent episode. It’s arrange of like examination all 5 “Harry Potter” movies, and afterwards right before we watch a sixth one to try to modernise your memory. So yeah, it’s some-more something like that and usually given we wish to bond with my fans. Hopefully, one day we will have that lift like KevJumba does and move those ratings with one summation video.
Cool, I’m certain you’ll get there though. we already see we everywhere we go and expostulate in L.A. now. I’m like, “Oh! There is Abraham on another billboard, on another bus.”
Abraham: Those are insane. My face is huge. It’s crazy. I’m like, “Oh, hello.”
I know we are unequivocally busy, so appreciate we for holding a time to talk with me.
Abraham: Oh no, appreciate we guys so much. we am so glad, given we unequivocally consider that NewMediaRockstars is like — we consider it’s unequivocally good what we guys are doing, and we consider that we guys are giving a voice for people that usually wish to share what they do, so appreciate we for interviewing me.
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