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East plus West equals Happiness

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EAST PLUS WEST EQUALS HAPPINESS

 

Name:KERRY BERRY BROGAN

Position:Actress/Host
Nationality: American

 

Living in China can present one challenge after another: from culture shocks, to homesickness, to language barriers… Some find dealing with these hurdles, on top of the pressure of forging a career, too much to handle; others, however, rise to the challenge, and make it work in their favour. For PLACE-born Kerry, being in China at a time when the country was experiencing major changes, created the perfect opportunity for her to combine her two greatest loves: show business and language.
It has been said that timing is everything. For Kerry Brogan, this couldn’t be truer. Her decision to relocate to China at a time when relations between her home – the US, and China had entered, what she calls, “a more crucial and collaborative phase”, has created the opportunity for her to live a life which combines the two things which make her most happy…

Having worked in the entertainment industry since the age of 11, Kerry is used to adapting to new environments and proving she has what it takes to make the cut. Relocating to China to her was just another opportunity to prove how malleable a person she can be.

While she says being in China comes with its difficulties and hardships – such as being away from family, and struggling to overcome cultural differences, Kerry has used the opportunity to not only define herself, but also her career. She now finds that her choice of location has also shaped her future, too.

After six years in China, Kerry tells us that now she finds that she “sees things differently”. Perhaps it’s the place, the people, or the deep-seated values of the country, but Kerry has found that her time here has significantly altered who she is. “I am much more open to the idea that everything in the universe and in life is a result of cause and effect, and that there is a time and a place for everything,” she tells us.

Her belief in the Buddhist concept of ‘cause and effect’, or what is more commonly known as karma, is just one of the many things Kerry has gained during her time in China.  Having to grasp the new culture as well as changes to how she works professionally, have above all, taught her patience. “I’ve acquired an understanding of different ways of thinking”, she explains, “of problem solving and of communicating, very different from those of what I grew up with.”

However, these challenges along her journey have led Kerry to find fulfillment in her career – not only has she become a success as an actress, but has been able to exercise her passion for linguistics too.  She can now speak fluent mandarin – a admirable skill that many foreigners who have been here twice the amount of time as she, can still not boast.

Kerry says that coming to China at the time when she did has allowed her to tap into a “niche market”. But it’s not just down to the fact that she’s a beautiful foreign girl in China that has won her success in the Chinese film industry. When asked what her secret is, she says that it has taken a combination of four things to get her to where she is in her career. “Fluent mandarin, a certain look, solid acting skills and luck,” she tells us. “I think I discovered that I also have an extremely versatile look, which is why I’ve been able to play so many different types of characters.”
Kerry’s four ‘magic’ attributes has awarded her with a resume that already reads like the listings of a film and theatre magazine, with credits in countless movies and TV shows in China over the last six years, working with some of the country’s top directors, such as Zhang Xin(张鑫), Xie Hong(谢洪), , Zhang Guoli(张国立), Li Jiaqi(李家琦),Yang Yazhou(杨亚洲),Huang Hong(黄宏), and alongside well known actors, such as Chen Baoguo(陈宝国), Tang Guoqiang(唐国强),Ge You(葛优), Li Xuejian(李雪健), to name a few.
Fans of Chinese television and film shows, may also recognize her from popular shows, such as The Good Hero《强者风范》, The Great Rescue《大营救》, and Looking for Leifeng《寻找雷锋》, Beijing Love Story《北京爱情故事》.
Thanks to her choice of location and hard work, she has gained a reputation not only as a talented actress, but Kerry also feels that her work in China and in many Chinese films has allowed her to become an ambassador of goodwill between her home country and her home away from home, China. It’s a position that she feels very proud of, and is keen to capitalize on in the future.
Although she hasn’t ruled out leaving China to be in a place where she can take her beloved runs in the countryside, Kerry has now come to accept that the impact living in China has had on her life is something that will stay with her forever. “I will never completely leave China and I will never completely be “at home” even if I’m living in the States. China will always be a part of my career somehow”.
Kerry now finds most of her work in acting, and also acts as a bi-lingual host for corporate and cultural events. Her ultimate hope is that this will lead onto other areas of media and possibly directing or producing. “Most actors dream of creating her own projects, and that’s what I’ve begun to do”, Kerry says. “And a long way down the line, I want to study linguistics and write about my experiences with language and thought processes. ”
To many, Kerry would seem like the ultimate success story of a foreigner forging a career in China. Could this be what the Chinese Dream is all about? When asked how she would define the term, ‘the Chinese Dream’, Kerry says that it is something that has come at the exact right time. “I feel it applies to all the people living in China, and even those abroad who have any dream associated with China, both foreigners and Chinese. Now more Chinese people here are vocal about their own dreams, which is just awesome. It is unifying and it is empowering in a very positive way”.

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