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.
1. What makes you enter into the entertainment industry? Why do you want to be an artiste?
I started off as a Dancer at a young age. At the same time, I also had given opportunities to become a choreographer and gaining stage experience (Front line and back stage crew) during that time. Due to all this opportunities given to me, I’ve build up my interest and passion in ARTS and Stage performing which brings me to who I am today after years of experiences and training.
I still remembered how and why I’ve diverted my concentration into singing due to two particular reasons. Firstly few years ago, I’ve reached to a peak that choreography and dancing seem a norm. Due to sad wake up call, I am in need of searching back my creativity, Art passion and another phase of sparks. Secondly, I was fortunate to meet a Director in Taiwan during the phase of career diversion. He was the one who encouraged me and gave me hope to go ahead with my singing career after listening to my demo that was recorded and brought it over to Taiwan.
Since young, I always wanted to bring Art creation to the stage and entertain everyone who is watching. They are the one who pushes my limit every time when I performed and urge me to climb and improve as much as I can. Now after stepping into the singing career, I always have a goal for myself to produce and create good songs for everyone and bring messages across through my singing.
2. What is the most interesting incident you ever encounter during your performance?
During my performance, I’ve face different situations that puzzled me and force me to react in a certain speed that nobody can imagine. I’ve come across performances which do not required any rehearsals which brings me to the lowest peak due to that I got to face the reality and bringing my professional across.
For dancing, when no rehearsals needed, I’ve to learn to accept and learn the dance choreography within few minutes before stage performance and react fast to execute changes on stage. For Singing, I’ve always told myself to get ready in all circumstances during performance even though my body is not ready due to sickness or lack of rehearsals.
In conclusion, no matter what I face during or before performance, I will always push myself to give everyone a good performance on stage/platform due to professionalism.
3. How do you think of local entertainment industry scene? Do you think it is tough for newcomers to gain fame without much investment in publicizes and promotions?
After all these years in local entertainment industry scene, I have yet to see any hype given to the industry which sadden me. I have seen and know a lot of entertainers who are amazingly talented but the existing platforms given locally are unable to embrace all of them.
It might be the culture that has change the entertainment industry scene year by year. At the same time I do understand why some are not engaging professionals for the events and I also do understand why people prefer overseas entertainment hype than local entertainment industry.
I believe in recent entertainment industries, for new amazing talented newcomers it will be tough as they will need to engage various social media platforms, with ready products and certain amount of investment to market out to the industries. It is not an easy task, but with beliefs and hard work, all new and amazing newcomers will be able to reach their first goal.
4. Can you share your latest EP album with your fans and tell us which is your favourite track, and why?
This latest EP album is a combination of two, which consist of Mevolution and Confluence. People will be wondering why these particular names are given to my latest EP album.
Mevolution consists of three tracks which are sole written and composed by me. I created this album with a first idea to start a change within me. All the tracks created based on my true stories and experiences that I faced. I believe people are facing the same situation or feel like me. With the help of my lyrics, I’m able to project their voice across through my songs.
Confluence consists of two tracks which were created mainly for worldwide collaboration opportunities. Musicians will be able to communicate through music, gain different music knowledge and understanding of different culture and genres.
5. Which singer in Singapore do you wish to have a duet with if you are given the opportunity? Why?
Actually I wish to collaborate with many amazing singers locally. It will be an honour to be on stage with them and to learn from them. However in particularly, I wish to have duets with my amazing talented friends, Sylvester Sim and Benjamin Eio. We are the one who always supported and encouraged each other. Most importantly they are amazing singers.
6. How was your experience when recording with the music producer and how was the experience when filming the MV?
I’m always excited with all the music productions. During the recording with the renowned music producer, George Leong, we are actually having fun in the studio with lots of laughter which brings my tension down during recording. At the same time, we do have a similar goal is to make the song better each time.
For the music production, during filming of the MV, many of the ideas are not able to project out due to certain reasons. I would say that the experience was kind of tiring but excited because the song will be launch to the market for everyone.
7. What is your plan after this EP album? Do you think it is important to go Taiwan for promotion to gain more publicity for yourself?
Since the EP album and 5 songs are officially launched in the market, I would be concentrating to bring those songs across to more audience. Hopefully everyone will enjoy those songs and support local musicians. Concurrently, I am in the midst of producing another upcoming song. Hopefully it will be ready for everyone soon. Please do stay tuned and hope you will like the upcoming song too.
If I am given opportunities to promote my songs in Taiwan, I will be ready for it to extend my songs to bigger audience worldwide. I always believe music is for everyone and I want everyone to know my songs which created and produced for them.
8. Apart from singing, will you consider acting as well, or becoming a variety program host?
If I am given the opportunities to learn, improve and advance my career, I will take any opportunities that are coming my way. I will be ready for any acting platform or becoming variety program host.
9. What do you want to say to your music fans here?
Thank you so much for your love, believe, support and an encouragement. Because of you, I’m able to produce good songs and pull through every difficulty during my journey. Because of you, I’ve learned a lot and become who I am now.
With promises, I will keep writing and composing good songs for everyone. Thank you once again, with love deep down my heart.