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It’s been a long, winding road for NXT Superstar Mia Yim. After recently making her NXT TV debut as an official member of the black-and-gold brand, Yim spoke with WWE.com about her road to sports-entertainment, her unique upbringing and her powerful passion for domestic violence awareness.

WWE.COM: How are you settling into your role as an official member of the NXT roster?

MIA YIM: It’s a dream job come to life, although it doesn’t even feel like a job. I wake up every morning thankful for my life and that I’m able to go into the WWE Performance Center to train. I have tons of friends there, old ones from the independents and new friends that I have made since being on the roster. The work is hard, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

WWE.COM: It’s been a rather long road for you to get here. Let’s start from the beginning. How did you get your start in the industry?

YIM: I started training at the end of 2007 and made my in-ring debut in 2009. I began my wrestling journey in Northern Virginia. Soon after, I branched out to the Philadelphia/New Jersey/New York area.

WWE.COM: I understand you started training right out of high school. What attracted you to the sport?

YIM: My parents didn’t like the idea of wrestling just because of the intensity of the sport, along with how some women were portrayed in wrestling at the time — mud matches, etc. I made a deal with my father that I’d make college a priority and graduate if I’m allowed to train and pursue wrestling. I’ve always been a tomboy since I was a kid. I would play football and street hockey with the neighborhood back in California. So, when I first started watching wrestling and saw Lita and Chyna go toe-to-toe with the guys, I knew this was the sport for me.

WWE.COM: What was your upbringing like, especially having a father who was in the military and then later worked for the FBI?

YIM: My parents were strict, especially my father. Growing up in California, my dad was in the field most of the time. We weren’t allowed to tell anyone what our dad did growing up just in case the criminals he put away would come after us. Once we moved to Washington, D.C., he grew a bit stricter when it came to boys, grades, friends, etc., just because we were getting older. He became a part of the Missing & Exploited Children unit in D.C., so our online activity was closely monitored. But I thank him for it; I wouldn’t have the discipline and work ethic if my dad let me do whatever I wanted growing up.

WWE.COM: I assume your dad’s job led to your own personal interest in IT/cybersecurity.

YIM: I’ve always been a techie. Computers, coding — it all came easy to me. After wrestling, that’s my backup plan. My dad played a big role in the FBI using computers to catch kidnappers and predators. I want to follow in his footsteps. He’s my hero.

WWE.COM: What is your ethnic background?

YIM: I am African American and Korean mix. My father is black, and mother is Korean.

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