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 , Eleanor & Edric. 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~