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HBA alum brings entrepreneur skills to Hollywood

  • Alumni Gazette
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  • Jun 9, 2017
HBA alum brings entrepreneur skills to Hollywood

Alumni Gazette

It's not easy to make the most of a difficult situation. But Simu Liu, HBA '11, managed to pull it off.

Liu used to work as an accountant in Toronto, but was laid off. He felt "oddly free" because it gave him the opportunity to try something new – acting. He started out by looking at TV and film opportunities on Craigslist, taking on free or low-paying roles.

This past year, Liu’s acting career has gained momentum, with the success of his roles on CBC’s Kim’s Convenience and NBC’s Taken. He credits the networking skills he learned at Ivey with giving him the tools he needed to push forward in his career and not be afraid to reach out.

“The hard part is to think of it (your career) as a start-up and think of yourself as an entrepreneur rather than an artist that waits for the phone to ring for opportunities,” he said.