May was born in Los Angeles, California.

In 6th grade she moved to Beijing and spent her middle and high school years at the International School of Beijing.

There, she discovered film club. Her parents threatened to "pull the rug" on her new hobby if she did not raise her C's to A's. 

May is now studying film at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

She is thankful that her parents did not "pull the rug."