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Here's what Aidan's screen parents look like..'Mommy' is Kelly & 'Daddy' is Fish..

Both are freelance actors who you may find familiar if you've been watching ch5's local productions (eg.Without Warning,Crimewatch,True Files,Missing etc ). When I met Fish today, I told him that I saw his pic in one of Vince's (another freelance actor) earlier blog entry. *sigh* I have a solid memory for trivial matters like this but it's a different story when I'm tasked to remember important stuff. Fish (funny name eh) is 32 this year but he looks much younger in person (especially when his hair isn't slicked up like this). He doesn't look it but he's actually married with a 4 year old daughter.He's been acting for quite a while already..I recall seeing him acting as a pyscho director in Dreamers, a 1998 TCS production.

I do admire the passion and drive of folks like Kelly,Fish,Vince, Serena , terminalcase42Eleanor & merman13Edric. It definitely isn't easy pursuing a career in acting/theatre especially in Singapore..and one truly needs to have tons of determination and very thick skin to stay in the line. Most actors we are familiar with are from Mediacorp or represented by Fly Entertainment or Dreamforest. But there are many more who do not have representation and have to work doubly hard, going for casting calls and auditions. They don't have benefits like employer's CPF and medical nor do they get perks like freebies and massive invites to parties and premieres (unless they have very good networking skills). And competition is tough..especially in a small, controlled media industry like Singapore. I think the general misconception that people have of them are that they are probably quite well-to-do (or rather that they're parents have money) and thus don't need a regular salary..Sometimes, I wonder what I'll do if my son grows up and tell me that his dream is to be an actor..or a singer or artist. How would I react..and would I encourage him..? I dunno man..I won't be truthful if I say that I'll be totally supportive. Aiyah, I shouldn't be thinking of what ifs when he's not even in kindergarten :P

Anyway, today's shoot didn't turn out well. Reporting time was at 2.30pm and it was pouring cats and dogs then. We were still asked to head down to the site (a playground near my place) and all of us waited under a shelter for the skies to clear. The rain stopped soon after and the crew went about setting up the cameras and wiping the slides at the playground dry. But by the time the cameras were ready to roll, there were ominous grey clouds looming above us and the sky was threatening to pour again. Aidan did fine during the rehearsals and followed the instructions accordingly. But oh man, the minute "action" was called out, rumbing sound of thunder filled the skies. I could tell that Aidan was worried.. He went down the slide as instructed and instead of going up the slide again, he ran straight into the arms of one of the soundman, hugged his thighs and whimpered "Got thunder. Will have lightning! Don't want to play anymore!". Poor boy..he has always been afraid of lightning. It was obvious that Aidan wouldn't be easily persuaded to complete the scene and Marc, the director was also uncomfortable with shooting in such bad weather. So he called it a wrap and we'll have to re-do the scene another day. Hopefully, the next shoot will go on more smoothly :D~

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merman13
Nov. 20th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
Haha it's "Edric" lah! :P

Yeah everyone assumes full time performers are either born with silver spoons or are struggling starving artists. It's always about money.

But that's not to say there is no money in performing!

I can only say that local actors never take things for granted. And those in the biz solely for the money, is bound to miss out on the fun of performing. :)
angeliatay
Nov. 20th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
actually, i never thought that it was abt money..more abt fame and recognition..

i used to think acting was easy until i got into the media industry and realised that it was way tougher than it looks.

heh just curious abt ur background, have you always been acting/modelling or did u started out doing something else first..
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musomuse
Nov. 20th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
Acting is tough indeed, I played around the theatre circuit for awhile before 'moving on' with life. I miss the stage, but not the people. =x
angeliatay
Nov. 20th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
you can still do it on a part-time basis right?
i thought theatre pple were fun to work with..?
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meganjing
Nov. 20th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
Outdoor shoots always subject to weather and yes its been raining cats and dogs in the evening these days....
angeliatay
Nov. 20th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
yaboy! the morning was so nice and sunny ..cant believe how fast the weather changed. hope the next shoot wont be washed out like yesterday..
jinsiew
Nov. 20th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
aiyoh...so poor thing to have to shoot in such a weather...i can imagine how afraid he must be of the thunder and lightning...he is already very good liao did not cry...
angeliatay
Nov. 21st, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
i think if he was forced to do the scene again, he would have cried. he's been afraid of thunder & lightning since young. what abt gabe?
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flipover
Nov. 20th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
wah, looks like it's going to be a tough shoot since the weather threatens to rain quite abit recently.
angeliatay
Nov. 21st, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
yeah..im kinda worried too. hope we'll have good weather the next time round
rijac
Nov. 21st, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
wah, if he becomes a superstar he will break many many young girls' hearts... LOL
angeliatay
Nov. 21st, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
heh just make sure he doesnt break his mommy's heart :P
(Anonymous)
Nov. 23rd, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
Hi I was just checking my web stats, and saw your link to me... I must say you are right abt the thick skin and determination part. :P Hope your shoot goes well! :D

- Vince aka Ruok
angeliatay
Nov. 23rd, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
thanks! i hope so too for my son's sake :D~ don't have too many leaves to take..

saw u in today's ep of withoutout warning..good work! i know cris..never knew she acted. And aidan's screen mummy Kelly is also in today's ep. actually, i thought this series was quite well done..some scenes felt really real and there were a few touching moments too (i almost teared..)..
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
hi angelia,

kelly just sms me about your livejournal and i had to check it out:)

just wanna clarify that whoever played the pyscho director in Dreamers in '98....definitely could not have been me...simply becos i was still a airforce regular then and hadn't started acting. in fact, my first ever Tv role was in True Files - The Bus Driver...in whcih i played the title character, a lecherous, murdreous school bus driver...coindidentally, the actual victim was a classmate of my buddy's wife...

...anyhow, that was in 2003, my debut ;P

so did you and Aidan go to the Salawati wrap party? cos i was doing a student shoot that day and only reached there around 11pm, just as Marc was giving a little speech. He mentioned there will be a screening for cast and crew in the near future...but dun expect to see it on the big-screen till next year cos they wanna send it out to the film festivals first......

take care for now, i'll see you and Aidan at the screening :D
(add me if you got friendster lah
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yours truly,
fish
angeliatay
Jan. 23rd, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
hi fish
heh, so kelly found my blog. just wondering how she managed to do so :P

we didn't go to the party because we had something else on that day..am definitely looking forward to seeing the show!!

take care too eh. i know aidan had fun 'working' with you all..you guys were so patient.

cheers
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