Win a Copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens!

Win a Copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Extraordinary Teens!

Brenda Song is a woman of many talents — actress, model and now author!

The 21-year-old starlet wrote down her story of perseverance for “Chicken Soul For the Soul: Extraordinary Teens” along with musician Ryan Cabrera, tennis star Anna Kournikova, and professional surfer Timmy Reyes, among others.

Complete with specific advice and personal stories of determination, the self-help book highlights the success stories of accomplished young adults in the U.S. and Canada. These impressive young adults stress that any teen can achieve — everyone starts with the same ingredients, and it is a matter of listening to mentors, working hard, and most importantly, always believing in oneself, to stay on the path to success. The book includes personal photos provided by each young celebrity is so excited about reading all of Brenda‘s story that we’re giving THREE readers a chance to win the book!

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment here with a valid email address (will not be published) and THREE lucky winners will be chosen at random at the end of the contest, which ends on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 7:59PM EST. USA Only. Enter as many times as you want!!! Good luck!

UPDATE: Winners have been notified. Thanks for entering!

Click inside to read a bit of Brenda‘s story…

“My desire to act was born when I saw Cindy Crawford starring in a Coca-Cola TV commercial. And believe it or not, I was three years old at the time. As I watched the commercial I said, “I want to do that!” My parents were really surprised.

As the story goes, they looked at each other and said, “Huh? Is she kidding? We don’t even know how people get on TV, much less start acting as a profession.” It’s true; they had no idea where to begin. I’ll bet that my parents thought you had to climb into the TV in order to be on TV! We still laugh about it now.

Nonetheless, I was serious about becoming an actress. Within the next few months, my parents got some information about an acting school, but at the time, it was just too expensive. As luck would have it, an opportunity to negotiate my way to the school fell into my lap. Basically, I got sick. And ever since I was little, I absolutely hated to take medicine. I couldn’t stand it! But this time, I told my mom I would take the medicine if she would help me get into acting school. Sure enough, I gulped the stuff and my mom agreed.

I believe that everything happens for a reason and that both hard work and a little bit of luck play a role in success. From my experience, I know that if you focus and work hard, then anything can happen — and you can do anything you really want to do with your life. No matter what you choose to pursue, however, you have to remember that it’s not about proving yourself to other people. It’s about being the best that you can be. The biggest mistake we can make is looking at our neighbor or to other people to affirm whether we are good, or not good, or worthy, or not worthy.

In the acting business this is especially true. For me, as an Asian-American actress, I’ll go to auditions where people say, “Oh, you’re not tall enough,” or “Hmm, you aren’t blond,” and so forth. One instance, when I was seven years old at an audition, the producers wouldn’t even see me because they “weren’t looking for an ethnic actress.” As I got older I had to learn to stay focused on what I wanted to do and remember not to take things personally. I kept telling myself that I chose to get into the acting business and anything that happens is ultimately my responsibility.

It’s so easy to sit around and complain, but I’ve learned to just get out there and try — and if I’m giving my best, that will be enough. My life is fun because I hardly ever get bored. I try to stay curious and that keeps things interesting. When I’m not acting, I love to knit, cook, read, bake, and so much more. Though sometimes, like anyone else, I just need to chill out. However, I do believe that boredom is a total state of mind; it’s a choice that we make.

I always say that you never know if you’ll like something unless you try it. Here’s a perfect example: When I was fourteen years old, I became a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. But at the time, I really wanted to take ballet instead. The challenge was, my mom said she could only sign my brother and me up for one after-school activity that we would have to do together. It was pretty clear that my brother wasn’t going to take ballet! Trust me, I went in to that martial arts class kicking and screaming. I did not want to do it.

Well, four years later, I got my black belt and it has become a second passion of mine. I love it! This experience goes to show that you have to give everything a fair chance. Having an open mind is what makes life fun. It’s just how you look at things. You can wake up and groan, “Ughhh, I’m so tired; I just want to go back to bed.” Or, you can wake up say, “Today’s going to be a great day! Let’s go make some breakfast!” We each have that choice to make.

Despite all of the things I enjoy today, I’ve had to learn a lot of things along the way. In school I was picked on, mainly for being a geek because I liked to read. Rather than allow this to get me down, I chose to remember that this is my life and the choices I make are the ones I’m going to stand by.

Let’s say there’s a guy you like and you ask him out on a date and he says, “No.” Or maybe you spent hours and hours going through the audition process where you did everything you could, but somebody said, “You’re just not right for the part.” That rejection can be very difficult to swallow, but as I’ve said before, I believe everything happens for a reason.

If I mope around as though the world is coming to an end because I didn’t get invited to a birthday party, then I’m never going to get anywhere! You can’t control how people are going to see you, or judge you, or perceive you, but you can control how you react to it. And the biggest lesson I learned as an actress is that regardless of what character I play, I still need to be true to myself at the end of the day. As long as I do that I can be proud of who I am.

The key is to not let anybody discourage you, because if you do, you won’t go very far in life. I’d much rather go through life knowing that I tried to do something that mattered to me, instead of wondering “what if…” You just have to be willing to take risks.”

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  • Kellie

    This looks really interesting. Better yet, it has inspiring stories from actors and actresses themselves. This would definitely be a book I’d love to read.

  • Jenny

    I’d love to read this :)

  • violeta

    IT’S GREAT!!! :) :) :)

  • Jocelyn

    Nice story from Brenda. The chicken soup books have always been such a good read.

  • lori kim

    I’d love to win this

  • lizzie

    great, want one

  • lizzie

    hate this whole unfair universe, poor brenda and its great how she succeeded! :)))))))o

  • Michael h

    This is a great story from a talented Asian actress! I can’t wait to read more!

  • Mariam

    The bit about little Brenda getting excited about Cindy Crawford in the Coke commercial is too cute. I can’t wait to read the rest of her story, and the other stories!

  • Britney

    Love the Chicken Soup books!

  • Sapphireflames

    This sounds like an awesome book to have.

  • Liz

    Brenda Song as an author ?!
    This is probably why she has been missing!
    She’s so talented!


  • wendy

    i would loove one!

  • kelsey magill

    I would definitely love to have this! I love to read the Chicken Soup series, and this would be really awesome!

  • Catherine

    This sounds like a very inspiring book.
    I hope I win.
    I want to become an actress and singer.
    I would love to have this book.
    please pick me!!! :]

  • Catherine

    pick mee please i would lovee to have a book like this

  • Catherine

    please please please pick me!!!! :]

  • Jasmine P.

    That’d be cool to win. :)

  • Mamic

    i want!!! =)

  • Chelsea Joy W.

    i love those books!!

  • Jeanette

    Brena Song is amazing and a great actresss

  • Emily

    This looks awesome!

  • Emily

    Brenda Song is so talented, I’m excited to read this!

  • lovely8

    i wanna win this

  • lorena tan

    I want i want =D

  • Duma

    I would love to have this book! As an inspiring actress myself, it`s great to hear people actually in the professions` stories! :)






    NEW YORK KNICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!



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  • lizzie

    why isn’t this on google? no wonder its not getting many applicants :( why doesn’t google add this page to their news and search sections?

    anyways i want this so bad but i dont live in the us so i’ll just have to buy it online!!! can’t wait to hear all of the rest of brenda’s amazing story!!! love her to death forever! brenda rules and is beyond inspirational.

  • lizzie

    wait.. they just added it to their search section but not in the first pages. in the last last pages :( over 100th page.

  • Hanni

    I want one but can’t have it!!! Love you brenda!!!!

  • Kristina

    Wow, I love it already!

  • Michelle

    Good story. Yay!

  • Hannah

    I love these books so much & I look up to Brenda. :)

  • Bea

    i would definitely love to read this book…not because of the stars in it but bcoz i have been reading chicken soup books for a really long time i love the stories on love,life and friendships…one day i’d like to be able to write my own story and have it put in there :D

  • Labby

    I wanna win!

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  • Labby

    I want to win!
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  • Lonelychjcken

    chicken soup, I always love that book. I have learn so much from the stories in this.

  • Casey

    i love it. i have most of these books but i would really like this one better

  • linnette reyes

    hey i would love to win it i own every copy of the whole series it would be awesome to have this one plus brenda song is my idol!

  • linnette reyes

    hi i would love to win because i own every copy of the whole series except for this one it would be awesome to win plus brenda song is my idol i luv her!

  • kandis

    I’d love to win this book.

  • Isa car

    i want i want i want <3

  • Isa car

    i would love this soo much!

  • Isa car

    hopefully i win (:

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