William: What’s your secret to balancing effectively your important role as a mother and a maintaining a successful career? Jandae: You know, it’s not easy. I grew up with both of my parents living overseas for many years. My grandparents raised me. I know how important it is for a kid to have family time. My secret is to make sure when I’m with my son, he is my focus and gets my undivided attention. When I go to work the next day, I can then focus on work 100% because I know I did my job as a parent well and don’t have to worry about it. William: What do you enjoy most about your career? Jandae: I love being able to bring emotions out of the audience. That means you’ve succeeded, and someone you’ve never met before was able to feel your emotions and react to them. William: Who are your biggest inspirations to your career? Jandae: My biggest inspirations can be anyone who didn’t give up no matter how many times they heard the word “no”. Meryl Streep is probably one of my idols in that regard. William: How do you define success? Jandae: Helping others, doing your best, and staying genuine and humble. William: What makes you most happy? Jandae: This is going to sound very expected, but my son makes me the happiest. It’s amazing witnessing a little human being see, learn, and do things for the first time. It tells me a lot about who we are as humans. William: How are you living your best life? Jandae: I live in the beautiful New York City surrounded by people who are striving to fulfill their dreams every day. To stay tuned for the latest news on Jandae you can follow her on Instagram @jandaepercem. l
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