This Emotional Twitter Post By Awkwafina Is A Reminder To Keep Chasing Your Dream

"We need to prove them wrong."

Rapper Awkwafina appears in two of this summer's biggest moviesOcean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. However, things were very different for her just five years ago, as she explains in an emotional Twitter message posted Sunday night, with the caption, "Thank you guys for believing in Awkwafina."


In the post, Awkwafina recalls the 2012 release of her music video for the song "My Vag," which she predicted "would make me the laughing stock of every job interview ever." After sharing how "happy" it made her to be recognized as her alter ego while working at a bodega, she recounts a disappointing experience with a record executive who didn't call her back.

While riding "in an Escalade in a gown" to the Crazy Rich Asians premiere, Awkwafina says she played Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" — which she listened to on the way to her meeting with the exec five years before. "I became teary, thinking about this moment, what it meant," she wrote.

The message, which has received more than 10,000 likes, is an inspiring call to action to follow your dreams. "Awkwafina was a dream I was chasing, and in some ways, I am still chasing her," she wrote. "But we need to take risks. We need to go broke. We need to prove them wrong, simply by not giving up."

She certainly has come a long way. Ocean's 8, for instance, debuted at the top of the box office with $41.6 million on its opening weekend in June. Meanwhile, actress Constance Wu recently posted on Twitter that Crazy Rich Asians is "the first Hollywood Studio film in over 25 years to center an Asian American's story." The movie, out August 15, has a perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

"People leave the screenings, and their eyes are swollen from crying and they're laughing, and it's just an emotional experience," Awkwafina told the Los Angeles Times of the film's significance. "And I realize that that is the power, the privilege of having representation in a country where you grew up, that you love so much.

The rapper and actress closed Sunday's post by writing, "Awkwafina wasn't supposed to exist, but somehow she does. And I think about it everyday, that she was born for one reason only- to show every person out there, that it is possible."

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