Chasing a career outside expectations

Chasing a career outside expectations

Former Miss Vietnam World Australia Natalie Tran is today working to support other Asian-Australians wanting to venture away from stereotypes and into more creative career fields.

Initially studying a business degree after finishing school, Natalie didn’t really believe she had a purpose in that field. However, when she saw the chance to apply for the Miss Vietnam World Australia pageant, she knew she should pursue the opportunity to challenge herself.

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“I wanted to put my name forward and see if I could be up to doing these things and I think by going into it with the mindset of not expecting to win anything really helped my journey,” she explained.

Miss Vietnam World Australia Natalie Tran

That mindset certainly helped, and at the age of just 21, Natalie came out of the pageant as victorious, which led to an opportunity to work with SBS PopAsia, Australia’s largest and most popular channel on the Radio and TV for Asian pop music.

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Drawing from three years experience behind the camera and the microphone at SBS PopAsia, Natalie is now self-employed and creating her own content, aiming to achieve big goals over the next year.

I was born here, I was raised here, so I do really consider myself as an Australian, but I also think it’s important to showcase my background and my nationality through the things I do.

“I do want to have some sort of platform and voice exploring diversity, and I want to be known more than just a pageant girl,” she said.

“Being Asian-Australian is a huge topic in itself and my goal in a year is to be some sort of voice and activist in that field.

Miss Vietnam World Australia Natalie Tran

But, being born in Australia did not come without its cultural challenges, particularly when Natalie travelled to Vietnam for the first time at the age of 18, which was also her first overseas trip.

“I was very lucky in terms of growing up here and knowing the Australian culture, but, it was certainly somewhat of a disadvantage when I did go back to Vietnam,” she explained. 

It’s weird to think of someone being culture-shocked in their country of heritage, but I really was.

“However, I did learn a lot and it gave me a fresh set of eyes to really delve into my culture on a whole other level.”

Looking up to strong Asian figures in the media such as Constance Wu, Natalie embraces her culture wholly and hopes to form a greater support network and community for others like herself to explore their creativity.

Follow Natalie’s journey on Facebook HERE.

Anisha Mistry

As the Editor of CulturalPulse, Anisha is passionate about listening to, writing and sharing stories of Australia's multicultural achievement. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]