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Welcome back to Celebuzz’s The Meet & Greet, where we sit down and chat with rising young stars of film, television and music before they hit the big time. Watch out for these future A-listers!

Baiyu is a Chinese-born beauty breaking into the music scene with her unique voice and exotic looks. She tells Celebuzz how she has actually NEVER taken a voice lesson -- and how using Craigslist helped her career!

Tell us a little about yourself and your musical style? I was born in China and moved to the U.S. when I was 8 years old. During that time in the '90s, there was a heavy influence of R&B, so there’s a big influence of that in my music. My music is soulful but with pop. I'm international, so my music is all those things. I’m not afraid to experiment.

Did you ever work any odd jobs before deciding to pursue your music career? I’ve done everything from selling furniture to waitressing. I also did an office training program that I found on Craigslist. [laughs]

What do you think about all the singing competitions out there like American Idol or The Voice? I really love The Voice. I like that it’s not about the image but about the actual voice. People are heard instead of seen. I can’t wait to see the showdown.

Have you worked with a lot of vocal coaches? I have had zero vocal training. People always ask me why I haven’t. I think maybe I will get training down the line, but because I have a unique voice, and as an Asian American female, I don’t want people to say that this is something I just learned. This is me.

What do you do to get over bad days? Believe it or not, it goes back to reality TV. I think I’m actually addicted to television. Even when I was little ... Now I watch it whenever I have any bit of time.

In this industry, there's a lot of rejection. What advice do you have for new artists to handle the pressure? Be persistent about your passion. I do this because I love it. I admire all the artists out there who just stick to their guns and do what they love.

Baiyu also edits her own videos! Watch her work it out in her video for "Sweet Misery" below:

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