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.