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Vera Miao
Vera Miao grew up in New York and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is an actor/filmmaker and consultant for nonprofits. She is the co-writer, producer, and co-star of the upcoming apocalyptic road trip feature, Best Friends Forever (, currently in post-production.

She is a graduate of the conservatory program of the Atlantic Theater Company, formed by David Mamet and William H. Macy. She has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including NCIS, Brothers & Sisters, NUMB3RS, Greek, and Important Things with Demetri Martin.

She has worked for almost 20 years in the nonprofit sector, with an emphasis on social justice and youth organizing. She currently provides consulting services to a wide range of nonprofit organizations and philanthropic institutions engaged in social justice issues.

In her downtime, Vera likes to dance, read a lot of books and watch a lot of TV and movies, often in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and hopefully having something to do with gods and monsters.

Entries by Vera Miao

An Ex-New Yorker Talks to a Native Angeleno About OnlyinHelLA

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 12:12 PM

It's pretty common to hear people complain about Los Angeles. Truthfully, the first three years I moved here from New York City, all I could hear was myself, complaining. From the hours spent in traffic to the often vapidness of the entertainment industry, it seems like everyone has an axe...

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Where All my Ladies at in the Microbudget, Independent Filmmaking Revolution?

(25) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 11:40 AM

Have you ever heard of the "Bechdel Test"?

Invented by Alison Bechdel in her classic comic series, Dykes to Watch Out For, this ingeniously simple test has only three criteria to apply to any movie: (1) it has to have at least two women in...

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