1. 參加過兩場選秀比賽《2012年度TVB全球華人新秀歌唱大賽》和《Sunsilk 明星學院》，對你的私生活有什麽改變嗎？
其實我一開始是從音樂歌唱再到戲劇微電影，一開始接觸演戲這方面還擔心自己可不可以勝任，接觸了過後發現原來拍戲也不錯挺好玩的。主要是表演吧，天生自己就很熱愛表演，當然有機會的話也想突破自己主持節目等等。 。 。 。 。
目前都會有一些廣告之類的拍攝等等。 。 。現在從事也是表演行業，我現在是駐唱婚宴歌手，經營節目策劃，同時也是一位音樂老師。畢竟表演和音樂是我喜歡的。
我認為是可以的，不過需要後天的努力 付出和堅持 懂得把握機會，天時地利人和吧！行行出狀元，不論是什麼行業都一樣，都是需要努力和付出。現在馬來西亞娛樂圈我認為都是以網絡為主吧！很多馬來西亞線上藝人都開始拍網絡劇，經營自己的網絡頻道。
Exclusive Interview: Indonesian singer-songwriter Marco Marcus says he don't really like criticism as some are helpful and some are not
1. How did you join the entertainment industry? You started off as a contestant or a singer?
I think I started off as a singer first then I tried to join some competitions as well, but I am not sure which one is first, as it's very very long time ago. But I guess everyone started off as a contestant at one point when they start out.
2. How long have you been singing? What is the most challenging issues that you ever met?
I think for as long as I can remember. It's a very long process. I think the most challenging issues would be when there are some criticism from people . I don't really like criticism, but it affects me and the way I sing over the years . Some are helpful and some are not. But it helps to shape the way I sing today .
3. Is it easy to compose melody or is it easier to write lyric? Any tips for your fans?
I think it is quite easy to compose melody then lyrics. Cos you don't have to think too much when you do the melodies. It just comes naturally to you through inspirations and ideas. Lyrics are easy to write also if you have the ideas and content of course. If you don't have any ideas, everything becomes difficult and you are stuck there, so ideas and inspirations are very important. Without them, it is going to be very very difficult
4. Are you currently attached? Do you support the PINK Nation?
Not attached. Just dating . Yeah I support everyone who does good and is a good cause. Why not. Positivity is always supported
5. Is it advisable for a artiste to declare their love relationship to their fans? Why?
It's up to the individual, but for me, I think it is unnecessary to declare anything that is private because it is our private life that the world doesn't really need to know. But if it happens and they know, so be it also.
6. Do you think it is harder to do music in Singapore than Indonesia? Why?
Yes and no. Singapore may be a smaller country but it is more competitive in a way. Everyone seems to be doing really well here and there are less fans and supporters because of the smaller demographics, so everyone is fighting for everything. There are less opportunities and gigs also here and a lot of competitions.
Indonesia is a bigger country and thus would have more opportunities and more fans over there naturally. And people are generally more supportive and musically inclined there also .
7. Have you ever thought of heading to China to develop your singing career? Why not Taiwan if you are given the choice?
Yeah I have thought about it. But the language barrier may be a hindrance for some of us who are not exactly very very proficient in the language. I mean I can speak and sing in Chinese but that is not my main forte. It is my second language. English would always be the easier one for me naturally cos it is my first language besides Malay. But if there are big opportunities and people like my music in China and Taiwan, maybe I would go there and try to sing English songs cos many people over there also like to listen to English western music I am sure.
8. How many songs you release before? Which song is your favourite top choice?
I have released a total of about 15 songs up to now. I think my favourite one would be "Tell me that you love me" and "waterfall" as they seem to be favourite crowd pleasers . I like ballads like "Diam Diam Cinta kamu" and also my latest edm hit "Feeling" that is coming out this year !
9. What do you want to says to your supporters and fans here?
Lastly just wanna say thank you to all that have been supporting and following me on this journey. Thank you for showing up to my gigs and shows and listening and sharing my music. It means a lot to me when someone does that and really likes my music. It gives me one more reason to continue to do music. So thanks a million!
Exclusive Interview: Singapore Actor and Founder of ADSBOX Jason Sim says he want to bring up potential actors to another level with better roles exposures
1. When did you started your showbiz business and why you want to start this agency ADSBOX?
I started my media company in the year 2008. As I felt there's a lack of media pipelines for Artistes to emerge from. Want to bring up potential actors to another level with better roles exposures.
2. How many artistes and talents do you manage since the day you start ADSBOX?
Mostly are male or female talents, and what do they specialise in? We started from 0 Artiste on hand, through casting interviews and auditions, eventually we grow in numbers. Today, we have a healthy pool of 1200 talent data base. Probably 70% female and 30% male, mainly specialises in Acting.
3. Who are your favourite artistes at ADSBOX and why they are your group of favourite artistes?
In Media Entertainment line, it's important to follow what the company says and plan. Those who listened and follow accordingly would naturally be in the top chart. Currently our female Artiste (Actor/Emcee/Streamer) Cindy Chang topped the list.
4. Is it difficult to manage artistes and talents in Singapore? How did you get them assignment or show opportunities?
It's never easy to manage Humans, more over talents even if you have the most systematic platform for them. With 12 years media experience and network, we have secured Partnership with quite a number of production houses, casting team, events company and of course, Mediacorp. Therefore we have jobs from Drama, movies, TV Commercial Ads etc.
5. Do you like to act, sing or host? How long have you been in the entertainment industry and why you want to become a artiste?
I have yearn to be an actor and singer when I'm 16, didn't have the chance nor right path which took me years to climb. I'm someone that loves challenges, never like to be desk bound, that's pretty much tells about my character. Haha...
6. If given a chance for you to go China to become a singer or actor, will you grab the opportunity as we understand that you already a married man with two kids.
A man can be married, but the passion and dreams may not die! So for me, my answer is Yes!
7. Name one Asian actor and one Asian singer you hope to work with in near future? Why you choose them?
I would love to meet 周润发 as my acting mentor as he possessed a supreme personality that inspires me deeply. As for singer, JJ Lin is someone whom I truly respect especially in the recent years. His talents and self adaptability to all kinds of performances really crowned himself as the new era "歌王" in my own opinion.
8. How long will you stay in this entertainment industry, whether as the managing director of ADSBOX or as a artiste?
Till the day my body vanishes from this world.
9. What do you want to says to all the new emerging artistes and talents out there? Any advise for them?
In Media, its about perseverance, discipline, determination and being hungry! You got it? You made it someday.
發行《第一印象》的感覺好奇怪的，因為剛剛接到這首歌的時候，我都有跟作曲作詞人說這首歌曲很有初戀的味道，但我已經老了，還能唱嗎？ 但他們反問我年紀大就不能有像初戀的感覺嗎？ 而且他們都覺得我臉蛋還可以騙人，所以這歌最終發行了。
Exclusive Interview: Singapore Fitness Trainer Edison King Ho learn the fitness training technique and skills from books
1. When did you start training your physique? What makes you decide to build up?
I started training when I was 17 because I was very skinny and got bullied a lot. I need to protect myself.
2. Is it important to control diet if you want to have a good and nice build? What should we eat to have a balance diet before and after training?
Training is 100%, diet is 100% too. You need to give everything you got to have a very nice physique. In order for your body to have sufficient nutrients, you need to get some simple carbs from good source only before and after workout e.g: white rice, potatoes and enough protein after your workout.
3. Why did you start to become a fitness trainer? Is it hard to be a fitness trainer and do you need to be certified to do it?
I started coaching my friends when I was 19 for fun in the community gym. I learned my own technique and skills from books and pro body builder in the gym. When I was 22, I started to feel satisfied whenever my clients got result, that’s when I started to take up courses, get myself certified and read up more!
4. How many students do you have for now? Are there more female or male students?
Currently I have 20 over clients with equal number of females and males.
5. Why nowadays many working executives love to go gym during their lunch hour?
That’s because they want to get it done with so after work they can go back home to their family or get involve with their social life. I consider them as are very responsible and determined people because they find ways not to give excuses for themselves not to go gym.
6. Understand that your wife had just gave birth to a baby boy. How much time do you spend with your wife and is it tough to be a baby daddy?
Yes, I’ve just promoted to becoming a dad. I make sure to spend time with my family after work and on weekends. And I still find ways to workout! No excuse! It wasn’t easy becoming a husband and a dad at the same time because you need to provide and I really want to be a hands-on dad in taking care of my new baby and my wife as she recovers from pregnancy.
7. How do you juggle between your career and family? Can you share more with our readers?
Family always come first. Now with my newborn baby, I should even work harder. My wife is a very understanding person which makes my life very easy and comfortable. Without my wife, I might not be where I am today. My tips to all your readers is first balance your family followed by your career but don’t forget to have some time for yourself to de-stress and to have a clear mind.
8. If there are new students keen to sign up with your fitness class, how do they contact you? How many lessons do you conduct a week?
I conduct my personal training sessions from Monday to Saturday. Sunday is my family day. 7.30am to 7pm (Weekdays) 7.30am to 5pm (Weekends). They can contact me via Instagram @_kingbrah and @kingbrahfitness to know more about my fitness background.
9. What do you want to say to your friends and supporters here?
Take good care of your fitness and health before anything. Money is important but don’t let what you earned go to medical bill because it will turn out to be the same. Persistency and Consistency is the key to anything in life.
Exclusive Interview: Singapore Singer Seah Jiaqing says singing does not guarantee success in entertainment industry
1. How did you start your entertainment career? Was it from Campus Superstar or before?
I had a dream of being an artiste since my secondary school days. So I started to join these competitions thinking that it will get me "famous" somehow. jumped at every opportunity I had. My singing career started when I had a chance to act in a movie, that was when I met co-actor Kenny khoo and he approached me to join his band singing at live bar venues. From then I started performing as a career.
2. Why do you love to sing? At what age did you start learning guitar, keyboard and er hu?
I started learning erhu at age of 7. It was when I walked past the Chinese orchestra cca booth and I found this boy playing the erhu which looked interesting so I joined the cca. Wanted to give up due to the other kids kept laughing at me associating me to the uncles below the bridges. But thankfully to my parents I did not give up and got my diploma at age 13. It was because of the strong foundation in erhu and made me pick up other instruments faster and easier than others. I started learning the guitar when I was 18.
3. Who is your singing teacher when you were young? Did he/she inspire you to become a singer?
My only vocal Instructor was Nicole Lai. Her vocal control was so good that whatever songs that came out from her mouth sounded amazing. Unfortunately after learning from her for about a year plus she passed away from cancer.
4. What do you think of the current entertainment industry, is it hard to become a singer and gain popularity?
There are many types of singers. It depends on which kind you want to be. If you choose to be an album singer, you need to have your own originals. Only then you'll be able to go a long way on this path. And also you'll need to Invest in your own marketing as well. Youll need the right team and mentors to support you as well. It makes a big difference.
5. As a gig performer and a vocal coach, how do you manage your time between your career and your family?
I wake up earlier to spend time with my family. Normally my work starts around 4 to 5pm till 11pm. So during the day I try to spend more time with them
6. If you can travel back to the past, will you consider signing a contract with any of the label record or artiste management? Why?
I wouldn't. Because I know that I won't make it anywhere. It all boils down to your ownself I realized. I lacked the skills and knowledge to be an album artiste. The ability to sing doesn't gives you a career. There will always be singers better than you. It's about working hard, writing your own songs, keep writing, until you have a library of your own songs. That's a lot of time investment. Managing label can only help to market you, but you need to have solid products for them to push.
7. What is the difference between performing at a pub and on a stage? Which do you perfer and why?
Be it a small stage at pubs or a bigger live stage, every performance definitely there will be audiences who are listening to you. Do your best to keep them entertained with your songs. Of course the vibes on a bigger stage with a full band backing comes with more excitement.
8. Would you consider acting if you are given the opportunity? And do you think acting is tougher than singing?
I was given a shot at acting back then in 2012 for a local movie that girl in pinafore. My own opinion, acting is definitely tougher than singing. There are a lot of waiting time on set, you have to reenact probably a 30seconds scene for multiple times due to different camera angles. Singing is so much easier :)
9. What do you want to say to the youngsters who have a dream and passion in singing?
Keep up your passion, keep writing your songs. Only if you meet the right people and team then you'll be able to go far in this industry. Don't put monetary values as priority, focus on your own music and songs, opportunities will come to you. And when opportunity comes knocking, you have to be prepared already.
Exclusive Interview: Singapore Financial Service Consultant Willis Lau's greatest trait to be charismatic is to have confidence
1. What was your occupation before you become a Financial Service Consultant? What makes you step into the financial industry?
I joined the financial advisory profession when I was 21. Back then, I just started my first year of university education at NTU. Before that, I was in army. I actually had a lot of doubts before stepping into this industry even though my dad raised us up through his work as an agent. However, I went ahead with the mindset of “nothing to lose anyway” and that’s how I began this journey.
2. What is the difference between your previous job and your current job? Which is better?
So far, this is my first full time profession. The closest I can relate to is probably the 6 months internship in my tertiary education. I think the biggest difference for me was to have autonomy over the decisions I can make. In the financial services industry, it’s very practical. The one who works the hardest and smartest win more. In a corporate setting, that may not be the case as there could be many more other factors.
3. Is it difficult to start off as an Financial Service Consultant? Any tips for the newbie, especially in this industry?
Of course, it’s difficult, even more for me as I didn’t believe I have the character and traits to succeed in this industry. It took me real long before I can force myself to start cultivating the ideal traits and right mindset. If this was easy, everyone would be rushing in to be a Financial Service Consultant. I think for new agents/advisors, you’ve to be prepared to work double, triply harder than anyone. At the same time, also start to identify what makes you unique and different. In today’s context, it’s not just becoming better at what you do but also to become different in what you do. That’s when you gain attention and attract your crowd in wanting to work with you.
4. How did you manage your lifestyle and work? Do you work out very often to maintain your body physique?
I used to practise Muay Thai as a way to keep fit, both physically and mentally. I will work out during my off peak hours (late afternoon) and go for my meetings in evenings and weekends. Currently, I do not work out as often as before because there are more important items in my lines of responsibility.
5. Do you think you have the charisma to attract ladies and womens wherever you go? Why?
I’m not too sure about this but I guess it depends on their character. There’re some ladies which I can connect with pretty well even though when we just met. Personally, I feel that the greatest trait to be charismatic is to have confidence. While looks can bring you somewhere at the start, confidence is the one that will really get you there.
6. When did you get married and how many kids do you plan to have?
I got married in 2018. Currently no plans for kids. Probably max of 2.
7. Is buying insurance for your loved ones important? Is insurance compensation for the living or dead and it a MUST to buy insurance in Singapore?
There’s a saying that goes like this: “You buy insurance not because someone has to die, but because someone has to live.” At the end of the day, the whole idea of insurance is leverage, it is to help you create money that doesn’t exist in the first place. There are many lines of insurance in Singapore and if you’ll to ask what’s the must buy insurance in SG, it definitely would be hospitalisation insurance. Singapore is one of the countries that has escalating medical costs and it would certainly be wise to transfer this risk out to an insurer.
8. Do you intend to start your own business if you are given a chance to? What business and trade will you be considering?
At this juncture, I do not have concrete plans yet. I’m focused in building my agency and advisory practice. Given a chance, I probably will start a business that revolves around digital marketing, education which can help people succeed in life.
9. What do you want to say to your supporters and public members who are keen to find out more about Insurance?
Insurance is not a singular product that you can understand clearly at 1 glance. Insurance is just 1 of the instruments we use in financial planning. See this as a process rather than a transaction. Once you see this as a process, you would realise how meaningful this can be for yourself & family. I’ll love to have that conversation with you to help you get closer to where you want to be.