30 Under 30: Natasha Jung
High School: Matthew McNair
Local teens with an interest in singing have likely heard of Natasha Jung. She’s not a teacher or voice coach, but for 10 years, she’s been behind the scenes of RichCity Idol—a popular annual singing competition for Richmond high school students.
Jung co-founded the event and now serves as its executive producer.
Many of the past 95 competitors have found success in the entertainment world, over 500 volunteers have experienced the production and over $25,000 has been raised for charity. For Jung, being able to make a difference in just one person’s life keeps her coming back for more.
A Richmond resident since age three, Jung works as a marketing specialist at Deloitte Canada. She has a communication degree from SFU and a public relations certificate from BCIT.
When Jung’s not working, she’s likely volunteering. She’s a Richmond Museum Society director, a mentor for Young Women in Business SFU and facilitates workshops on topics of leadership development, volunteerism, event planning and marketing.
Inspiration? “My mom. A lot of what I have is because of her and she is living proof that you can go from nothing to something with hard work and perseverance. She’s such a force to be reckoned with and is the reason why I’m so driven.”
Most proud of? “Richmond’s an outstanding community that I’m proud to say I am a part of. There are so many great organizations and people that I’ve had the opportunity to work with that have enabled me to enable others.”
Advice? “I live my life through the words of one of my favourite rap music artists, Jay-Z: “Treat my first like my last, my last like my first, my thirst is the same as when I came.” Translation? Always work hard, don’t take people or things for granted and always want more.”