Vj Thùy Minh

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Viecetera spoke with Thuy Minh on working as a mother, not settling in your career path, and being spontaneous and true to who you are as a working woman.

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As a working woman và mother, Thuy Minc emphasizes always putting yourself first và speaking your mind. Occupations: Journacác mục, MC, VJ, author, & television formatterBooks: Boy-ology (2014), #MinhvaLinch – Hai phổ biến minch di khap the gioi (2015)Programs: Van tay IME (VTV6), Ghe bởi (YanTV), Bitches in Town, Khong Cay Khong Ve (Billboard Vietnam)Mother of Linch & Midori

What is the one value that you never compromise as a working woman and how does it influence your career?

It may sound as if I heavily emphaform size my ego, but always choose yourself và your feelings. Everyone usually thinks that emotions are something that is impulsive sầu <…> Despite knowing the toll it takes on my , I feel that I need lớn speak my mind often.

I think this value has a crucial influence on my career as a working woman in Media và Communications <…> Working on shows is a way to lớn lift emotional “blocks” off my shoulders. All the programs & nội dung I worked on reflected my thoughts and emotions at that moment in time. The way I approach a topic also stems from my personal knowledge và my life experience. vày my products reach an audience. If I am not fond of what I did, how can I expect others to lớn be enthusiastic about my work?

The same thing applies to lớn life outside of being a working woman as well. There will always be arguments & debates between you và your colleagues, your loved ones, your enemies, and those who don’t know you well. When argument bursts out, I’ll think about the probable consequences. Will I thua thảm my job or hurt someone’s feeling ? Meanwhile, I also ask myself <…> what vị I want to say và is it important to lớn my own feelings?

Ultimately, I have sầu only one value: khổng lồ respect my own feelings.

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“Everyone says I am a feminist figure <…> I gave sầu a TED Talk about this issue. However, I don’t want lớn be involved in activism because it causes me to lớn feel inferior. If I am a woman, I will just simply be a woman.”


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How did you find the path leading khổng lồ your current career?

From my childhood, there has always been a voice inside, telling me lớn work on something that has to bởi with <…> claiming justice. I that aspiration by working as a lawyer <…> However, in my teenage years, I had created my own editorial newspaper for my class, và then for my school. I didn’t think much about it baông chồng then, but all my teachers had told me that I should become a journamenu. Subsequently, Hoa Hoc Tro (Vietnamese E-Magazine) discovered my newspaper & introduced it lớn its readers.

When it came khổng lồ applying to university, I enrolled in the field of Journalism & the Arts. I failed the entrance exam for Journalism. Still, when life presented obstacles, I worked even lớn succeed. Because I failed the exam the first time, I was more determined lớn become a journadanh sách.

From journalism, I knew that I needed lớn learn about other truyền thông media platforms such as TV, radio, broadcasting, <…> but that wasn’t enough .

I decided lớn work for an online gaming firm. This job revealed a whole new world to lớn me và pushed me khổng lồ start thinking more in the digital direction. .

In terms of my career, I allowed myself to lớn not be restricted by industry, và to see where spontaneity led me. In my opinion, one should try a variety of things, và depending on different times & environments, your personalities & perspectives will with a type of profession.

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Thuy Minch attributes her success as a working woman và mother to her mentors, those that were willing khổng lồ teach a new generation.


How does your work influence your overall life as a working woman?

I always love sầu to lớn work in many professions & occupying my time with many tasks . I believe that working on a new task helps me transfer lớn a new state of mind, as well as helps me overcome the limitations of the previous state of mind <& it makes me happy>. Therefore, working women are happy women if they know how khổng lồ take advantage of that happiness. It is being able lớn “release” , to throw yourself into lớn new challenges, khổng lồ be in many places all at once. Hence, I don’t think work is something separated from my life; on the contrary, working is like breathing. It’s a part of my toàn thân & helps define who I am.


Please chia sẻ some memorable moments in your life and career as a working woman.

There are two moments that are always at the bachồng of my mind.

One is the first time I moved to lớn a new city. Now, new cities equals new excitement for me, but when I was younger, it meant loneliness. I rethành viên writing an article named “A new đô thị.” It was about the feeling of a young person, too young lớn move sầu to lớn a new đô thị. This person did not know what lớn vày yet. They couldn’t stop feeling like they had lớn take on the whole world. Regardless of all that, she still had khổng lồ show lớn the world that she was strong-willed and knew it all.

The second-most memorable moment is when I chose to give sầu birth as a working woman, pausing my career for one year. Baông chồng then, I often hosted stage programs and long television shows. I had khổng lồ defer roles that I wanted khổng lồ other people. At that time, I couldn’t say I was even having a baby, morning sickness or that I was tired on stage.

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I was a little disoriented và confused . Everything turned out to lớn be all right .

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“I am confident that in some corner, at some point, there will always be a person from whom we can learn something.”


Has there been a time when you cowered behind your own career as a working woman?

I am convinced that even in the most glorious career, there will be at least one or two years when <…> nothing goes smoothly. I found myself in that situation when I was 25. Baông chồng then, my program was shut down for three months due to a minor excuse. That was the only time I fell into lớn depression, not wanting to lớn bởi vì anything. It felt like all my efforts resulted in nothing. Everything betrayed me. I locked myself inside for a couple of weeks.

Then, I realized that there will always be other choices waiting for me; if life doesn’t offer plan B, there will still be plan C, D, etc. Life comes around to learn how to lớn satisfy your own emotions, understanding that happiness is right where we are standing, not on an imaginary peak that we need lớn conquer. Women need lớn accomplish happiness .


Do you have a mentor for your career? What are the perks of having this relationship?

Of course, I vày. If I didn’t have sầu a mentor to lớn guide me through stages of my career, I wouldn’t have become who I am today. I am very fortunate because all my mentors are female. They are the people who see potential before . For example, Hoang Mai at Hoa Hoc Tro editorial, MC Diem Quynh at VTV, or, recently, Dr. Phuong Mai — all inspired me to learn more about Neuroscience.

Mentors are people with great personalities because they were also guided by seniors early in their career. Helping out inexperienced mentees is a way lớn return the favor lớn the people who helped them in the past.

In Media & Communications, guiding the generation brings benefits – that is, it keeps us from obsolete. I usually voice my opinion from my perspective sầu và ask khổng lồ respond. For me, the young generation breaths new life inlớn our times. They bring forth perspectives that makes ours out-of-date. is a perk of guiding generations.

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“My most prideful thing hasn’t come yet.”


What is your advice for young people aspiring khổng lồ work in Media và Communications?

I only have this very general advice since I believe sầu that mankind is full of variability. You should learn more, read more, meet more interesting people; put yourself out there and confront your fears <…>that’s it.


What is one thing that has changed since you became a mother? What is your secret lớn regenerating energy to accommodate your busy working life?

The downside for working women who are mothers is the tie khổng lồ their children. I am afraid that the fathers vày not feel this “invisible” knot as intensely as the mothers bởi vì. Whenever my meeting overlaps my kids’ pick-up time, I get very anxious. I realized the longing lớn come home khổng lồ my kids is very real. There were times when I would come home page late after work & my kids were up even before I stepped foot inside the house. Children have a bond with their mother, something so special that they know their mom is coming trang chủ <…> After having a baby, all women will soon discover this chất lượng instinct.

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“I oftentimes joke that men have sầu a box in their brain called the “doing nothing” box. Contrarily, women’s brains vì chưng not contain this box because we are always vì something.”

I mix up a rule for myself called the “pulling” rule. This helps me underst& that I and my child are distinct individuals. Vietnamese moms are used to lớn thinking that they are one entity with their children. In fact, children aged six & above sầu vị not really need their parent. They are occupied with the quest of understanding themselves. By that time, we parents only have lớn observe & support our children if need be. As a result, we can allocate our time logically và set up a timetable that includes working time, time for our children, and time for ourselves.

Another tip is khổng lồ go on a short solo trip. I make sure my children are well taken care of. Going on a trip will out some personal time for yourself — which is important lớn helping your energy.


Are there any differences in the rearing of your daughter and son?

From the outside, I treat them both equally. However, I recently piông chồng up a tip from Biti’s campaign which encourages young girls khổng lồ speak positively about themselves. So, I often ask my daughter, “Who is pretty? Who is smart?” And she will reply, “I am pretty, I am smart!”

I vì chưng think that although social structure & culture cannot be redefined all at once, we can change ourselves. Therefore, I hope children và even more women can be more self-aware of their own values, becoming more self-confident, taking good care of themselves, knowing their own strengths và weaknesses and thriving to lớn become the best version of themselves.