Soerjoko’s experience as an extra on Blue
Crush helped her find other acting jobs. She continues to network
with the people in the film and television industry and in 2004
alone worked on the sets of FOX’s locally based series
North Shore, NBC’s Hawai‘i (now defunct), and ABC’s
Soerjoko scored her first principal role on ABC’s Lost
as Chrissy, an Australian ticket agent, opposite Matthew Fox
who plays the role of Jack. (Fox is better known for his starring
role as Charlie, the father figure and eldest child on the
FOX series Party of Five).
Soerjoko is now a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, which
classifies her as a professional actor, and she is represented
by ADR Model/Talent Agency in Hawai‘i.
When Soerjoko isn’t rehearsing lines for upcoming roles,
or, before her January graduation, studying for her classes at
HPU, she is busy operating her own business, which she calls
MINXdeLUXE, a fashion house currently selling on eBay as well
as at several local stores. She recently released her new MINXdeLUXE
line of women’s underwear at www.mindeluxe.com and at
the U-Down Store in Kailua. She is working on placing her designs
for HPU at the HPU Bookstore.
Despite all she has achieved in the United States, Soerjoko
is still considered a nonresident, which makes it difficult
her to accept jobs/roles here without a federal work permit.
I have had to turn down jobs because I was between work permits,” Soerjoko
said . “I have had three different types of work permits
since I got to the United States, and I am now hoping to qualify
for an O-1 visa, for athletes and entertainers.”
For her role in Lost, Soerjoko was lucky enough to get her
O.P.T. visa (Optional Practical Training) in time for the
day of the
shoot, and she credits HPU’s Office of International
Student Services for helping her get it.
I’d like to thank Ann Newton and Lisa Buto,” Soerjoko
said, explaining that they got answers to her questions and
helped her successfully prepare the application.