1. Tell me about your artistic life
My name is Jann Punwattana. I'm a stage actress based in NYC and Thailand. I do musical theater most of the time. I've been in NY for three and a half years now. And my previous musical is an Off-Broadway called A comfort women - A new Musical.
2. What are you currently working on right now?
I am now working with a theater troupe in NYC named Sandbox for our new project that will be launched in the end of May. Also the play,Piece on War, that played last year just got invited to the actor studio in Poland in 2017. And this summer I will be going back to Thailand for the re-run of "Mom the musical"
3. What visa are you on right now?
I'm on an Artist Visa right now and will be until 2018!!!!
4. Tell me about any difficulties you may have faced while applying for the visa?
The difficulties for my case was the translating. Since you have to include everything that you've been working on and most of my experience working professionally as a musical theater actress was back in Thailand, I needed to translate every single documents into English. All the papers include press, playbill, article, interview, poster etc. Those stuff took a lot of time.
5. Do you have any advice for people who might want to apply for the same visa as you?
My advice for people who would like to apply for an artist visa is collecting everything about you, everything that has your name, your photos, you never know it might be useful. The most important thing is to trust your lawyer!!! Keep contact with your lawyer. Ask questions, and set the timeline. Timeline would help you get things done faster.
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