Monday, December 27, 2010

ISU PANAS: Sejak bila profil saya dinaikkan sebegini sampai ada yang ciplakkan muka ni yang tak cantik? Oh tidak...

Sakit tersentuh benda panas!
Bila ada masa terluang, melayari dunia siber
Masa cuti panjang ini, mesti kebanyakan kita yang melayari Internet kan? Kris pun sama lah. Ada masa terluang bole update blog, dan layan kerenah pembaca blog yang tulis pelbagai jenis komen (ada yang baik, ada yang lucah, isyk isyk isyk tak bole publish tu). Masa cuti ini juga bole Kris layari dunia maya Internet (bukan atas kapal indera kayangan ya, tapi atas netbook yang murah), khususnya Facebook, dan cuba search nama Kris ini. Wow, banyak juga ya, yang sama nama dengan saya dan terkeluar senarai panjang, sepanjang kuku jari saya ni yang lama tak potong.

Senarai nama yang sepanjang kuku jari
Waktu menganalisa nama-nama dengan gambar profil yang pelbagai rupa, terjumpa pula profil ini: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001273547344&v=info Eh, bila pula Kris ada buat profil Facebook ini? Gambar profil pun satu macam dengan gambar di blog. Dan lihat di bawah "Likes" (yang disukai) ada tulis jenama Nugeno Men. Eh, profil Facebook ini bukan milik Kris! Sejak bila Kris ada profil sebegini?

Panjangnya kuku. Merah lagi.
Nasib baik dikongsikan, nak add sebagai kawan oh jangan
Nasib baik terserempak dengan profil Facebook palsu ini, yang bukan dimilik oleh Kris Law yang sebenarnya. Entah siapa yang wujudkan profil tersebut dan "curi" gambar Kris. Amaran kepada semua pembaca di sini ya, supaya jangan add profil itu sebagai kawan, sebab bukan Kris sebenarnya. Nanti you pula kena tipu. Takut la, nanti profil ini tulis mesej cinta kepada sesiapa, ataupun mesej yang terkandung perkara yang tak senonoh, oh tidak!

Bukan bintang Hollywood pun ada orang ciplak juga
Biasanya kalau tekan Johnny Depp atau Tom Cruise di search facebook, pasti keluar berpuluh-puluh gambar profil bintang Hollywood itu kan? Tapi siapala Kris ni? Orang biasa sahaja. Bukan bintang. Bukan selebriti sehebat Hollywood pun ada orang nak ciplak-kan profil Kris Law ini. Entah siapalah orang misteri ini di kalbu alam maya yang penuh dengan pelbagai jenis makhluk yang tiada rupa dan entah ekornya tercantum di belah mana tubuhnya.

Tutup komputer demi mengecapi kebahagiaan hidup yang sebenar
Itulah nasihat yang disiarkan oleh saya pada blog entry sebelum ini. Close the computer! Matikan komputer anda, dan jangan jadikannya sebagai tumpuan utama hidup anda, terutama sekali facebook, YM, myspace dan entah apa lagi laman web sosial. Saya tahu ada orang yang ingin gunakan internet untuk tujuan "marketing" atau komunikasi. Tiada salahnya jika ikhlas nak guna internet tolong orang. Cuma jangan gunakan gambar orang sebenar. Lagi penting orang seperti saya ini, yang tiada kelebihan apa-apa pun, hanya seorang coach bagi Kursus Latihan Artis.

Cuci muka guna sabun saje. Bersih. Jimat. Suci.
Semua faktor kena diambil kira (ceh, macam penyiasat Sherlock Holmes ya)
Mungkin orang misteri yang mewujudkan profil Facebook palsu itu minat pada saya? Faktor ini pun saya juga pertimbangkan. Tetapi tolong bukan tujuan untuk naikkan jenama Nugeno Men itu. Saya sendiri pun tak gunakan produk tersebut, dan di situ la profil saya tulis "like" produk itu. Oh tidak! Saya seorang yang sederhana. Nak cuci muka pun guna sabun biasa sahaja. Mana ada bajet untuk beli produk kecantikan lelaki sebegini? Dalam diri cantik cukup la, di luar tak cantik pun tak apa, Kris redha....

Kena faham dulu sebelum mendaftar
Tahula ada pembaca atau "peminat" di luar sana yang pernah nampak lakonan komersil saya yang dulu. Tapi tolong jangan sangka Kris ini dah kaya. Tahu la, bukan selalunya muncul di TV. Iklan pun bukan selalunya dapat. Ada pelajar yang daftar kelas kami, saya sudah bagi penjelasan bahawa kami bukan agensi model atau bakat, cuma pendidikan yang kami utamakan. Mr.Liew banyak terima panggilan dari jantan dan betina yang cuba "tackle" dia. Saya tahniahkan Mr.Liew sebab dia ramai peminat, tapi dia bukan orang macam tu. Kami semua profesional, dan objektif. Tujuan untuk belajar, bukan nak pelajar ambil hati kami untuk tujuan dapat job apa-apa. Minta maaf ya, pemberian job bukan bawah pengiktirafan kami.



Disebalik setiap negatif, pasti adanya yang positif
Sebelum berakhir, semoga semua pembaca blog ini ambil iktibar dari pengalaman "malang" Kris ini. Orang yang tak popular pun kena ciplak profilnya di Facebook. Yang penting , kita mesti ikhlas dan berani untuk suarakan pandangan dan pendapat kita tanpa berselindung di bawah profil yang palsu. Jika nak jadi artis, kita mesti bersikap terbuka, berkelakuan adil kepada semua dan sentiasa ingin menimba ilmu/pengalaman di dunia yang sebenar, bukan di alam siber.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The last thing to buy before the year ends & the first tool you'll need to become a successful artiste

A stack of diaries over the years
The year 2010 is coming to an end in less than 2 weeks. Many of us had already got our presents for our loved ones for Christmas. But for some of us, there remains one more item that is THE most important tool to ensure the success of any aspiring artiste. Which tool do I mean?

What is a diary?
A diary is basically a day to day journal where you can jot whatever notes and appointments you plan to have on any particular day of the year. Even before I became a working artiste, I already have a diary to keep me on my toes on what I should do for any particular day.

Why does an artiste needs a diary?
As they say, time is money. We all get older, whether we like it or not. The life of an artiste is even more important, because your looks change overtime. A diary truly helps me to discipline myself to fill up the pages. If you're starting out to become an artiste, a diary will make sure you take action to find auditions or appointments to meet with certain production companies or casting agencies. The key word here is DISCIPLINE. Aspiring artistes really need to discipline themselves to keep track of their day-to-day activities, so they may arrive at the desired stage of their journey as an artiste.

Many bookshops in KL
Where to buy a diary?
There are many places you can get a diary. There are many bookstores around KL like Pustaka Minerva and Pustaka Mukmin which offers a range of affordable diaries. Their diaries prices range from RM6 to RM20. In more higher prices range, you can always go to Kinokuniya at KLCC. The prices there range from RM7 up to RM70.

Diaries galore
How to choose a diary
Depending the sort of person you are, you can find many types of diaries  to suit your preference. Basically, there are 3 criteria to look for when deciding to purchase a diary.

1) Colour Coordination
Many people choose colours that are safe - like black or brown. My advice is to look for colours that goes opposite to where you place it, for example your bag or purse. If your bag has a black colour in its interior skin, then choose a bright colored diary cover like red or orange. The reason is because you may then able to search for your diary in an instant. Remember your bag may contain many other items like your clothes or papers and other miscellaneous stuff you keep in it. An opposite color diary to your bag's interior is key in helping you spot and grab your diary immediately when you need to jot down an important date instantly.

2) Size
When you're out looking for a diary, choose a medium-sized diary, preferably as big as the palm of your hand. If you go for diary that is smaller than that, then you might have trouble writing important notes and dates on the pages. Now, be cautious of diary size that is bigger than the size of your hand, because then the weight might discourage you from carrying it with you all the time. A diary should be a tool you carry with you everyday, at all times. So make sure the size is appropriate to your suitability when travel.

Just enough features per page
3) Pagination Features
Personally for me, I prefer to have a page dedicated to a day, as opposed to 2 days squeezed into a page. Because you'll never know you might have a lot of things to take note in that particular day, so a full page per day is advisable. The other pagination feature you should look for is how easy for you to turn to a particular date or month, if you have advance appointments you wish to record. Look for coloured bookmarks for each month. Again this is a matter of personal preference.

Get a diary to get ahead
With all these pointers to keep in mind, it's really time you go out and get yourself a diary. Don't wait until the month comes to an end, because by then, the selection of diaries may be limited, and you're forced to get the one you may not like. Hopefully when you purchased the one that suited you best, you will then be able to start jotting down all the important dates and appointments. A diary is best to keep you motivated to plan ahead first. It's also a record you can look back to evaluate your progress for that particular year after it ended. I wish all my followers here many successes in the coming 2011 endeavors and may your diary be filled up with all the exciting dates and auditions to help you achieve your dream in becoming an artiste! Be sure to make a date to enrol in our Artiste Training Course (1-on-1 coaching). Through this course, you'll be able to:
* PLAN ahead more efficiently, PRIORITIZE appointments accordingly and learn TIME MANAGEMENT skills. Besides that,
* you'll also be trained in managing callbacks from agents,
* do follow-up calls the professional way (PRESENTATION & VOICE TRAINING) and
* setting up meetings so you'll get more audition invitations in the future.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

My new year resolution for 2011 - "Take things lightly and have a laugh!"



Yes, girls and boys. It's going to be 2011. I still remember when the clock turn midnight and it was year 2000. What a historic day that was. The Millenium Bug. The end of X-Files the series, Friends the sitcom, The Sopranos. Kakiseni website shutdown after more than 10 years online (all aspiring talents will miss this website for sure). Some religious zealots proclaiming the world was going to end. And Blink 186! My all time favourite punk rock band! Notice all their music videos. They're all really hillarious and funny! Sort of like my resolution for this new year 2011.

A decade has come and gone in the blink of an eye
Looking back the decade gone by (2000-2010) it was a period of struggling for me. It was also a time when I made so many mistakes! But there were good things too. It was also the decade where I started becoming an artiste, dabbling in acting and modelling. It was tough! Dealing and mingling with our local drama production people. And the pay! Huhuhu...let's not even go there! But now I can proudly say I have a list of acting credentials to my name. And not to mention finally one big brand commercial where I'm the main star (none of those feature extras or supporting poofs, which I've had my fair share and I said enough!)



This world is a rock show!
So much unnecessary heartaches, headaches and emotional tumbles. And all for what? You really learned that life is a series of mis-mashed mishaps and sudden fortunes. Sometimes you go up, sometimes you go down. Really no point in chasing after and feeling down over anything at all. Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be. As i get older, I appreciate even more the time I have. I'm just thankful I can walk, talk, eat and sleep like a normal functioning human being. Money and fame? That's just some carrots dangled by some giant corporations to some unsuspecting donkeys like us. In the end, the carrots aren't worth that much. Better still, give away all that money that is tying you down by investing in Artiste Training Course or hiring a life coach that helps you. Crazy but it works (click video below)



It's all small things.
What's more important to me at least, is peace within myself. Able to face myself and the world everyday with the courage and confidence to tell people off when they're being unfair or unkind. Our world need more people like that - the courageous and confident type. Courage to be who you are, no matter how "awkward" or "abnormal" it may seem (as long as it doesn't hurt other people) and confidence in yourself to pick yourself up everytime you fall (because you will). So take things lightly and have a laugh!

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's the festival of lights, and it's not even Deepavali. It's Christmas! A study of window display and the effectiveness in its presentation styles.

Large Christmas tree at Fahrenheit
It's that time of the year again. My senses are being bombarded uncontrollably by these huge "balls of lights" flashing at me endlessly. No, we're not at a club or disco. Just stroll around Kuala Lumpur, and you'll be wrapped in the aura of so much eye-catching displays. Some displays are just plain old recycled concept that is the same year in, year out. But there are quite a number of new interesting displays which caught my attention immediately! Here I would like to share with my followers all these beautiful window dressings, some tries harder, others simply hit it with a bullseye.

Giant grand tree made of glass and music 
Fahrenheit is a new fashion mall. They've just opened this year with Uniqlo as the main tenant. I saw their huge billboard advertising their Japan imported jeans at only RM49.90. The giant Christmas tree display is all glass crystalline, with tinges of blue and silver. Notice the arch gate that resembles the musical notes you'll see on any music sheets. Quite a good effort for this new mall's first Christmas display.


Notice the many sharp points, good or bad?
Hard and steely, sharp and poking (ouch...)
Next, we visit the array of fashion retail stores at The Pavillion. For this display, the use of silvery cube in the triangular shape to resemble a christmas tree is quite unique. It lends the air of simplicity, but personally to me, it's a bit heavy in its overall feel. The reflections on the cone-shape Christmas tree doesn't infuse any merriment but seek to simply fill in the spaces between the mannequins. The colours black and grey are dominant in this display with tinges of blue, yellow and maroon. Not much colour choice in terms of clothes but this is Christmas, and we want merriment don't we? The good thing about this display is its strong shape.

I see STARS....but not so much the clothes



Too much explosion that drowns?
Moving forward and I see some pretty fiery colours. The background for this dressing is more focused in the explosion-like star-shaped diamond to resemble the christmas star. Does the background enhance the clothes on display? Tricky here, looking from afar, the clothes seem to "drown" in the extreme intensity of the background images. Perhaps the noise level from the background should go down a few volume. Still a good effort in voicing the display theme.


Lots of element to solidify a Christmas fantasy (Part 1)


Christmas Fantasy - a strong voice at last...
Finally, I've found one of the best displays yet in actually having a voice. The rich details of this piece of display work is highly commendable. You can see the half-moon and feel the snowy floor. The crystalline branches which extends to infuse the feeling of a cold forest. Whimsical ballerina dresses and the clothes are almost dream-like. The mannequins play the part of the prince and princess. You can almost "see" a story in here. The juxtaposition and placement of clothes (which is the only product they should be selling) with the display elements are inventive and thoughtful.
Enchanting background that barely matches the clothes


This display is from the same store. Notice the unicorn and swan. I suppose the theme for this dressing is Christmas Fantasy. The only element "out-of-sorts" from this display is the mannequin's clothes. How I wish the clothes were more "richer" in details to compliment the background theme, which in itself already conveys so much fantasy, you wish the clothes were more "exciting" and as rich as the background elements. At some instances, the background element such as the swan took my attention, and I totally forgot about the clothes.


Pump up the greeting, centralize the product
For this display, the glass itself is the decoration piece. I assume they know the importance to showcase the clothes more than the elements, as opposed to letting the elements dominate the whole idea. Here, you get to see the clothes, and not so much the idea of "christmas" which is everywhere. No doubt there are words plastered across the glass, but its function more as a general greeting. The clothes still remain the central idea.




Luxurious and simple
Some displays don't even showcase the clothes! The concept itself is being highlighted. Much like this fashion brand here. The black background accentuates the gold frames, where each has a specific key chain of sorts. This display is extremely eye-catching, and the feelings of luxury and light playfulness are evoked, This luxury fashion brand again strengthens its position and further magnifies its aura of simple yet effective communication of exclusivity and sophistication. Lovely to watch, but not many wallets can accommodate.

Sell the clothes, soften the "noise"
And finally, you have a display where the background truly accentuates the clothes they are selling. This is one of the only display I discovered with the most varied colors on the clothes they sell. The background is kept to just enough to bring out the colors. (notice the hanging stringed background as opposed to the giant fully covered ups) They're smart enough to make the background "boring" - the colors being mainly black and white. An effective window display in attracting buyers to the clothes. In terms of speaking what the fashion brand is about, other displays previously mentioned has done a much better job than this one.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

All aspiring artistes should visit more art galleries.

Front page brochure for Galeri Petronas
I was approached recently to buy an artwork. The art gallery at The Pavillion currently showcases works by a few overseas artists from Mexico and China. The piece by Coplu costs around RM25,000. I always admire artists that specialises in pantings and sculptures. I regard them as artists too, maybe even higher than mere actors, singers and models. To me, this category of artists really puts their mind and hearts out in the open.

Quality demands high price
Of course there are artists who are struggling. But painters and sculptors struggle too, but get to sell their work at high prices. If they manage to sell even one piece of their work, they could live on the salary for a few months at least. One needs to truly appreciate art in order to see the value. Looking at Coplu's paintings, it gives a feeling of whimsicality and light-heartedness that is perfect for the living room or bedroom.

It takes time to  grow
The lesson one can learn from being an artiste is to slow down their pace and take the time to smell the flowers. All great artistes do that. That's where they get to rest their busy minds and start to piece together their thoughts. I was at the Petronas Gallery at Level 3, KLCC one Sunday evening. The theme is "I SEEK(U) YOU" featuring the works of Chan Kok Hooi. Mr.Chan's works, to me, has a layer of morbidity to it, which is real and reflects the times we live in. Take note especially his work titles "Habitual Scenery" and "Careless Whisper".

Back side of the brochure
Open your eyes and mind
There were many other local paintings on display too, like Jeganathan Ramachandram's "One Tree = 40 life forms". I was captivated by the scale of the painting which depicts a tree with brain-like matters that acts like extensions from the tree. Its colourful and spiritual. Another painting that caught my eye was Raphael Scott Ahbeng's "Energy " series. The very texture and flow of its colours truly electrifies my eyes. Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal's "Langit dan Bumi" (Heaven and Earth) deserves a mention too, except I wish it has more defined textures to separate the heaven and earth, for at times the elements in between just becomes too mixed. Simpler artworks like Kuo Ju Ping's "Builders at Work" and Loh Ek Sem's "Sawah Padi" (Paddy Fields) brings this art observer back to the beauty of hardworking everyday folks.

Art galleries is also a great space for artistes to view and form their own personal perspectives of the world. Actors, film directors, writers: all should go to art galleries to get inspired too. It's also a place where our Artiste Training Course seek to encourage students to go. Besides, entrance is free.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

If only more mothers breastfeed their babies and men wear shorts in public - the 3-step guide in making ALL your dreams come TRUE.

Breastfeeding diagram


"You're hot and you're cold"
Malaysians love to cut corners. In shopping, we want things to be cheap. In business, we love to cut the amount stated in invoices by complaining the product isn't good. But we demand more than good quality. We want the best at cheap prices. Hence, we are torn in half always. We want unity in our country, but think in terms of race. We want equality, but our minds are so divided and lacking in clarity. We speak about freedom, but despised others for being themselves. So what's happening here?

More of this please...
In the train one day, I saw the most beautiful act of love. A malay woman in tudung was openly breastfeeding her little toddler. It's certainly not a normal sight, seeing Malay women are very covered with their aurat, but her act at that moment truly caught my eye for its authenticity and total lack of pretense. She was dark skinned, a very kampung feel about her presence and wears a tudung. Yet, she was so unabashed by her act and unperturbed by people around her when attending the nutritional need of her child. Her husband was sitting right next to her. She was truly a beauty. I even almost caught the sight of her nipple when she finished breastfeeding inside the bright gleaming lights of the train.

Connecting means we are more similar than different.
Suddenly, I saw the connection. Why are we happy when we get to do the things we love? Why do we feel our best when we listen to our favourite song or watch our favourite movie? The reason is simple really: freedom. The act of breastfeeding in public shows the woman's liberation in expressing her love. She's not shy and protective over covering her breast from everyone around her. In her mind, she's free and this act doesn't bother her at all. When you attend a session like our Artiste Training Course, you feel free to be able to interact with other people and with a coach because it opens up our senses and mind to seek the connection, that spark of interaction that ignites our mind and thinking in newer heights.

Aren't I lovely?
Resolution should be strong and inspiring.
Then, a resolution comes to my mind after observing her. She was sitting right opposite me. I was wearing very casually: a pair of shorts and t-shirt. I always feel it's everyone's right to wear anything they feel most comfortable in. Some people look at me, but I've learned to look right ahead and higher with confidence and respect to their lack of understanding. My resolution was very clear. Freedom needs to be realised - inside out. You cannot keep your resolution, no matter what they are inside yourself. To be complete, one needs to practice and act out one's resolution so as to feel the actuality and embodies the strength you've thought inside. When it's out there, then it becomes real. Practice is key in our Artiste Training Course, where almost all my students felt they "did it" and come out more confident to face the world.

So good, I could dance all I want!
Like any profession you choose to take, you need to set resolutions first. That firm conviction that you want to do something about it instead of just sitting there motionless. Same as acting and singing and everything an aspiring artiste dreams to become. You need to transform your whimsical dream of becoming an artiste or any profession there is, into a strong, purposeful and detailed resolution, in order for you to actualise it. That's how dreams become true. I always coach my students through this simple process: 1) Find the CONNECTION, 2) create RESOLUTION and finally 3) feel the END RESULT. The end result should be a positive one which gives you some form of catharsis. It should go beyond just your feelings. It should inspires you to do more and influences others too in a magnificent way.

This 3-step process can be applied to help you bridge your mind to your actions. When you think of something, automatically this 3-step process can direct you to action. Isn't it wonderful when someone actually says what he will do? It also helps you to be honest and forward with your communication to people around you, like your colleagues and even managers. All in all, to truly realise your dreams and goals, following these steps aren't enough to keep you consistent or even persistent enough in achieving it. The key is having an Artiste Training coach present in making sure you keep to your steps and stay in balance (not only for aspiring artistes, other industry professionals do too). A coach seeks to hold up a mirror and reflect this 3-step process. Go ahead and try this technique. Perhaps you may even go public and change your world.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How to review the year ending and be more giving

Some gifts I'm sending to my friends
Getting vs Giving
Everytime when the year draws closer to an end, most of us might review the past year to see what we have achieved or gained. Well, I am beginning to feel this sort of year end review is misleading. Maybe we're living in a selfish, the "I" world too much, could be time we change the perspective. Often, we like to say this year I have starred in this and this commercial, or won so-and-so award or married this-and-this rich person.

Balance
No matter how much one had achieved, there's always more to want. This year has really taught me to be balance. Why do we always think of how much we get instead of how much we can GIVE? I think that's the true gold measure for one to review the year ending - how much one has given back. One tip when reviewing the year, don't compare yourself with others. Reviewing the year should inspire you to be more energetic in pursuing whatever your goals maybe, hopefully in giving. News flash: we had recently launched a counselling program for adults from abused childhood.


Sharing session in Artiste Training Course
Sharing leads to Enlightenment
Giving can be more than just monetary terms. I for one, loves to listen to my students when they shared some of their experiences (successes or failures, they're all the same!) and just be there to offer some advice when they asked for it. And when I'm outside and saw a blind person finding his way around, I reached out to him and led the way. And when someone asked me for directions, I always seek to be honest and not to pretend as if I know the direction.

Being thankful even for the things you lose
Little little things like these truly fills my mind this time, when reviewing the year 2010. Yes, I lost some stuff (and one acting opportunity) due to some uncontrollable factors. My stuff was also stolen and it made me emotional about the loss. At the end, I really learned to be detached about the material, and cherish what I have. Not an easy feat, for now I still do yearn back the stuff I once owned. But hey, I can always buy them back again, this time even better than the previous one, how about that? Also cherish the commercial I main starred in. Thankfulness can be empowering.



The little, little things
So giving is the theme playing in my head. I know there's more ways I can give back. Not all of us have tons of money, but we can still give back in our own way. A listening ear. An honest answer. A smile. Hopefully, next year will be an even better year to open up my mind in discovering ways for giving, and you do too. So what you wanting for? Giving can be fun too. Remember what you give back will always return to you. Happy Giving!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Road Less Travelled could be the Lesson of a Lifetime. So what you waiting for?



Donate stuff to feel peaceful within
  It all started with this recyle box. When one's life is filled with too many material stuff, I find it so releasing and nurturing to my soul when I donate stuff away. Stuff that I no longer use or those that holds memories you just wish it'll go away. But humans make mistakes, you can accidentally donated stuff that you still cherishes. That's what happens to me. Losing stuff helps me to readjust my inner self and to be detach to material. Somehow I decided to take a trip to the recycle centre to really find out if my missing stuff is still there.

Preparation that leads to excitement
So I tried to locate the place of this recycle centre and did some homework online about its location and how to get there. The recycle centre is located all the way at Batu 14, Kajang. My adventure spirit seems to be awakened for it is nice to break away from the usual route of life in the city and search for a place foreign to me. Finding my missing stuff is just another excuse for me to take the journey. This stuff remains a mystery here.

Be kind to other people, and others will be kind too
Like the saying in my Artiste Training Course "A guide only will appear when you are ready". On the way to the recycle centre, I managed to stumble upon my guide. And she's going to the exact location I'm after! She's a beautiful Indian girl and we talked and shared a lot about our lives. It's comforting to know her father loves her more than her mother, who apparently abandons her. All mothers are not whom they're supposed to be as seen in the media. They can be irresponsible too. When her stop arrives, I bid her goodbye.

We are all beautiful & the same
My attention was then on the teenage girls in the bus because one was wearing so much make-up, she practically looked like a lost doll! The other was wearing a tudung and tight blouse. Both of them looked beautiful and truly unique to me. To others they may look "over", but to me they are the essence of what makes us human in the first place. Hey, I fell onto the seats of the bus when the driver turned a curb and laughed at myself hysterically. I enjoy watching people and am thankful we are all unique but really are the same deep inside.



Bird shop..chirp, chirp, chirp

Chinese cemetery beside road...ooo...ooo...


Expect it to be harder than you imagined
The location map of the recycle centre is not really precise for interpretation. On a foreign journey like this, one needs major location points to help map out the road, like the bridge that crosses the river Sungai Langat, the police station (as seen in the map) just right before the bridge, the tiles factory and finally the recycle centre. I was expecting very early on that it's going to be an unexpectedly long journey, and it was. I had to walk quite long distances beside the main road, but truly loved every moment of it! While looking for the recycle centre, I saw an eeerie Chinese cemetery just by the roadside. The weather was cooling. Also spotted a row of abandoned housing project and a few colonial style shophouses with their interesting business operation: a birds specialty shop, car repair and mostly eateries.
Finally here, but where's my stuff?

It's not about getting what you want
Finally arrived the recycle centre, after a very long walk. Passed through the guard who was kind to show me the space where all the donated stuff are properly categorised. He then introduced me to the staff there who showed me a pile of stuff where my missing stuff is supposedly categorised in. In my heart, I knew this would be the result. But I am fine about not getting back the stuff I mistakenly donated. It could be that I didn't donate it to the recycle centre in the first place or I might have thrown it out in the rubbish bin. All is well. Knowing I have a long journey back, I hurriedly took a quick pee and immediately set to begin my journey back to the bus-stop.

You are beautiful no matter what they say
It's truly the experience you seek, not the material
The feeling of familiarity began to set in for those who are going back after they first set trail looking for a location. I am more relaxed now, for I know the road "home". I began to wonder about the lives of folks living in such a hassle-free and non-commercialised environment. They all seem very relaxed and easy-going. On the way, I found a "shortcut" through the grass, where I was able to reach the bridge crossing the Sungai Langat just slightly faster. But I'm in no hurry. On the bridge, I came across this beautiful woman standing over and looking at the river. The waters below is so calming, I just want to loiter a while and inhale the atmosphere. I loved the way she dressed, which was "awkward" to stiff city folks, but to me: she was just expressing who she truly is, without fear and worry. And that's wonderful. Salute!

Care for a cup?
A journey's end is another new journey's beginning
I always remember to reward myself after such an "adventure". There's a coffee shop at the corner of the traffic lights and bus route where I can easily spot the coming bus at a distance. So I ordered a drink and watch all the vehicles passing by, while waiting for my bus. A journey like this is invigorating and life-affirming to me because I get to use the whole of me: my mind to plan ahead this journey and heart to cushion whatever results of my discovery would be. Then I have to be aware of my surroundings so I won't miss the location. It's all very good to tread on a road less taken which sheds light to life lessons one already long knew in his heart.

The road less travelled is best began with our Artiste Training Course

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Practical Money-saving Tips for Practical Artistes

Happy like a Scrooge?
As an Artiste Training Coach, I always ask about the well-being of my students. Interestingly, a majority of my students are quite well-off. But there are some who are not. Some of them are taking on the artiste life full-time, and that's where the money issue comes in. Because as an artiste, you may or may not get a consistent income. Hopefully these few tips will help you tide those hard times.

1) Spend money (no matter how much) to get value
You might be surprised why spending money is important. Because to get money, you have to spend it! Important thing to remember is value. A lot of people likes to keep money in their bank and guard every penny sacredly like a scrooge. That is not healthy. Spend it on stuff that gives you value! If you love a specific band, then go buy their concert ticket. If you like a specific dress, go buy it because of how it makes you feel. For example, I spent a hefty sum on my pair of shoes, simply because I wear it everyday. Spending money on stuff that you can use everytime is definitely worth the value. Same as education, like our Artiste Training Course. Some of my students are smart to realise the wide practicality usage from the Artiste Training Course into their everyday lives. We even have top managers who use our course to hone on his communication skills. That's how we should define value on spending: seeing the practical usage of something purchased in the maximum areas of our lives.

Support road-side vendors - value for money
 2) Fix what is fixable
Some of us will immediately throw away stuff that is spoilt, torn or in defect. That is what we call waste. If that stuff can be fix, then fix it! For example, my expensive shoes. After wearing it for more than a year, it got torn on the soles. Instead of throwing it away and buy a new pair, I rather spend a minimal amount of money to fix it. Hey, even a poor shoe cobbler should benefit the profit of your favourite pair of shoes, not always those giant shoe corporations. Think of how you can put your money on small-time businesses too.

Put your 2 palms together -
that's how small your stomach!
 3) Food - divide your lunch for dinner too
Delicious nasi goreng - but can u save the half portion for later?













A lot of us love to eat outside, at fancy cafes or just another fast-food joint. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so eat heartily. For lunch, you could actually save some money. If you're buying outside, always eat half portion and save the other half for your dinner. Especially for aspiring artistes who are conscious of their weight, this is a good money-saving practice. Open and put the 2 palms of your hands together in an upward facing position. That's actually the size of your stomach! Notice how small it is! That's exactly how much you should eat, which is way less than what you bought outside. Usually fast-food restaurants give you more, like double this or double that. Think twice before wallowing everything in. You can simply save the other half for dinner later.

Only RM100 to travel monthly
 4) Travel - use public transport to the max
As a new aspiring artiste, you may not have the means to have a car yet. But then again, what's wrong with using public transportation? Our LRT system covers a majority of city centres, so we should all take advantage of this system. There are a few casting and production companies which are located quite near to the LRT station. Even if some don't, you could still take the train to the nearest spot and take a cab from there. Now a lot of shopping centres like Mid Valley and Ikea provide free shuttle buses at various LRT stations. So plan your journey to your casting session ahead, in order to save a few bucks.

You need to slow down your pace
5) Leisure - slow down your pace
A lot of us have different hobbies and leisure styles to occupy our free time. But there's one objective of leisure - that is to relax! Some people find relaxing very tough. The reason is due to their "fast-paced" lifestyle, which is further propagated in our media, where everything can be achieved instantly and super-fast. Dream on! There's no such a thing. All truly good artistes will learn to slow down their pace. The whole fast-pace concept is to keep everyone from thinking, and just encourages you to do stuff blindly. That way, you will spend more - on cigarettes, on alcohol, watch more TV, buy more expensive stuff and waste that you don't really need. Think about it. Leisure time can be very simple and uncomplicated. Just slow down and contemplate.

6) Health - maintain a patient and positive spirit always
So many people spend money on healthcare these days. MLMs try to sell you green this and that, junk food is getting less sugar, even the health ministry is encouraging less sugar. But to me, that is pure waste. I personally love cakes and sweet stuff. That's the pleasure of life! Everytime when I order iced milk tea, I always remind the waiter to put in more milk please! Indulging yourself in food that you love shouldn't kill you. Maintaining a patient and positive spirit is more important for your health. Patience is important because an artiste needs to wait, sometimes long periods of time, for your next project. A positive spirit should encourage you to be nice to yourself and others (when needed) and keep on working to improve yourself.

7) Investment - education and property are safer
As a business entity, Artiste Training Course needs to have a place where we can place all potential students comfortably during classes. Some students prefer the park area where we used to conduct at Taman Paramount, near the LRT, where it's open air. Variety is key in appeasing different types of students. We rented a small apartment in wangsa maju before, simple place and not too extravagant because of the reasonable price we are charging for the courses. The flat owner was kind to lease out the living room for us to conduct the classes as and when we need to, so that helps in our cost-saving in which we pass on the savings to our students. Our new place in Taman Desa Melati is much bigger and caters more to college students, therefore the price for our courses there is much much higher. As for myself, I don't live near to any of the places where we conduct the classes but they are all near the LRT stations so it's convenient for students who don't have cars to attend our classes.

Budget, budget, budget!
8) Buy what you need only
Budget is key. As an artiste, after clinching a job, tends to overspend, which is fine. Its a way to reward yourself. But there's got to be a limit. So the fundamentals apply: buy what you need. As a human being, all we really need in terms of physical are: food, a roof over our head and a job. But as artistes, budget is fundamental because jobs can be low at certain months. So budget, budget, budget! Invest in stuff that will last with you forever. And remember: love takes lesser effort than hate.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Jealousy - do you more harm than good


Since opening this blog, I received almost 10 -20 anonymous comments daily. Of course, I prefer not to publish these anonymous comments (even if they are positive comments) because they usually either wrote some celebrity's name or some cynical comment. So it's safer and easier for me to assume all anonymous comments to be non-contributive to my blog. There are also some past students I knew with some very bad attitude (you know who you are), and perhaps he or she feeling dejected or jealous of other students (or even me, God forbids) who are better than them and just post these anonymous comments thinking I will read them?

Only cowards hide under anonymity
Sorry to inform you again, I don't even have time to go thru anonymous comments, for I have so many things to do! Because to save time and focus my energy on writing helpful articles for other really sincere aspiring artistes to read, I have enabled my blog to automatically delete all the cowardly anonymous comments. Cowardly because they don't even dare to reveal their names and blog address in the first place. It's sad why so many of these so-called aspiring artistes like to post anonymous comments thinking they will get any sort of attention. And seriously, time is too precious and rare to deal with them.

Only fools be jealous of other people
There's some talents in the industry who are just plain angry or dejected over their lack of jobs. So they seek to vent out their frustration on other people. These sort of talents do not wish to learn from their mistakes and always seek shortcuts in getting what they want in the entertainment industry. They either pretend to be interested to join our course, thinking for achieving their ambition quickly. They don't realise how much hardwork, time and learning goes in before actually getting a job (like the KFC commercial I did recently). And they like to belittle other people's achievements, thinking they can do better than you. (which they aren't, or else why would they post anonymous comments, right?)


Be brave enough to reveal yourself
If you truly want to be an artiste, my advice is not to be afraid. Open up yourself and show the world who you really are. That's the fact when you are an artiste, everybody is going to know you right? So how are you going to be an artiste when you stay anonymous? If you think by posting anonymous negative comments and getting away with it, you actually don't. Your conscience will stay with you because you know YOU posted it. And worst, this negative action eats inside of you and makes you even more bitter. For the rest of us here, we don't even care because what is there to care about when you don't even bother to put a name and your blog address to identify yourself? It's really stupid and time-wasting to be jealous of other people when you should be taking actions in advancing yourself and being more transparent.

A community to share and help others
The purpose I create this blog is to unite all other aspiring artistes and other people (not in artiste line) to come together and become a community to share helpful and contributive ideas. So being brave and showing the real you is important in your next step to becoming an artiste when posting a comment. At least the people reading this blog knows who you are. Consider this blog a platform for you to be brave enough to share your thoughts and perhaps even gain some publicity for yourself as a good talent. I will not allow others to belittle your comments if they are sincere and helpful (that's why again I don't even publish comments for certain blog entries here). Unless of course, these anonymous commentators want to continue to be jealous of other people and be bitter. Don't blame me for your bitterness and jealousy. I have already told you so here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

How to Exude Charisma Effortlessly





A real artiste will not act out charisma. He/she will exude charisma naturally. The purpose of this entry is to inform my readers here that a really good artiste is a person that is charismatic too. What is charisma? Charisma - a special personal quality or power of an individual making him/her capable of influencing or inspiring large numbers of people.

In my Artiste Training Course, I will teach this module to my aspiring students. Having charisma is essential in becoming a good artiste. To make charisma easier to grasp, basically I break it into these parts:


1)Status 2) Clothes 3) Sex 4)Age 5) Size & Posture 6)Speech 7) facial expression & non-verbal communications.


Status - either you're born in it or aspire to reach it

If you're from a financially stable family, it's easier for you to pursue the life of an artiste. Money is essential to help you tide those months when you have no work. What happen if you don't have money? Then status has to be imprinted in your mind: the way you think of yourself and how you approach this so-called life. The poor can act rich without being perceived as a gold-digger. It's very slippery to tackle status, because it's got NOTHING to do with your capability to perform as an artiste, but a lot to do with simply charisma.


Clothes - wear it like you mean it. Charismatic people knows how to use their clothes to exude themselves. For an actor, you will wear the types of clothes that fit the character you are auditioning for. For a model, simplicity is key in making your whole appearance looks "flexible" enough for any type of clothes.


Sex - male or female, we're all equals. Men will usually be more daring in expressing their "charisma" (different levels) compared to females in general for the sole purpose that men is considered more proactive. But I believe both sexes can be equally charismatic.


Age - the older you get, the better. Like wine, good tastes come with age. Don't fret if you are young, for you have more energy and time is by your side. But older, more mature talents should be able to control themselves more and more patient in any situation.



Size & Posture - truly charismatic people are aware of their body language. Actors and models should be very aware of this, for every gesture may suggest certain nuances. Size matters too, for the taller and more toned you are, people in general looks up more to you. But the smaller and more petite form are still able to exert their charisma in other less obvious ways.

Speech - essential tool in communicating complex ideas. Used wisely can generate the intended results. Best keep it polite, short and to the point.

Non-verbal communication is the most unnoticed form of exuding your charisma. Simply sit in style or gesture someone politely to allude your charisma. Making others feel easy being around you is the point.

In conclusion, all the factors above are simply just an outward manifestation of the complex nature of charisma. Charisma is something that I believe you need to feel it within you truly before anything else. Even if you lack one or more of the factors mentioned above, you can still be charismatic in your own way, provided you know which is it.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Why Everyone Should Learn Some Star Qualities







Harmony - reality or illusion?
One incident inspired me to write this entry. Lately, I got an invitation for a free trial membership for a gym club. I was suspicious very early on because the gym consultant told me that I should bring my own key and padlock for my locker. Huh? When I met her I asked "Are the gym members there rough and rowdy?" She said no.

Usually in a social area like a gym, you get to observe people. Most of the members expect to be looked at, maybe due to their own self-obsessed image of their bodies being very good (which I don't care to look except at myself). I was a gym member for 2 years before so I know the type of people. I went to the weight machine and discovered I'm over 5kg from what I previously thought my actual weight was!

My earlier question to the gym consultant was validated because on my second day, one of the members shouted madly at one of the staff, creating a high-octane scene at the main exercise area. She shouted words like penis, touching, stupid etc. To my horror, I stopped my weight training and looked. The drama is juicier than the one on TV for sure. Then it got me thinking why she acted that way.








Argue, shout, blame, headache!


To be honest, I never liked going to gyms because you can find members there who can be very superficial and one-dimensional. Perhaps the mad lady who shouted at the consultant is actually angry of the impersonal ways everyone in the gym conducted themselves,. Everyone in gym just doing their own things without really socialising with each other. So many lonely souls in the sea of people.

In my heart, I do understand the pressures of their working lives nowadays. A lot of people are doing business corruptly and underhandedly, which leads to more people being dissatisfied and disconnected with the outside world. I am thankful that I was able to experience this drama in the gym as an outsider. (believe me, I got into such drama before) But it also saddens me, because we can all be better, except maybe we don't want to try anymore.

So what went wrong? I've decided to write my next entry "How to Exude Charisma Effortlessly".

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Truly the work of top German engineering and technology


Pictures Copyright by blog owner
 I'm just like everyone else, trying to make a living as an artiste. Most of the times, it's very hard to get good acting jobs because all the main or supporting roles in Malaysia are very race specific. Malay dramas, they look for Malay actors. Chinese dramas, they look for Chinese actors (unfortunate for me because I cannot read Chinese) and so forth. No wonder racial issues still exist in our country right? And the pay not encouraging either.

Luck and timing plays a huge part
Sometimes luck and timing can be on an artiste's side. I met Peter Wolfgang a few years back on a casual outing, and he saw the potential in me - as a model! Can you believe that? Personally, I know I don't have the chops to be a model. My height is short and my body not tight and muscular. But Peter said I can act very well, after seeing in a few of my films and commercials. And that is good enough for him to cast me in his next photoshoot. Acting to him is evoking emotions through pictures, and I excelled at that.



Awestruck by someone so humble

Mr.Peter Wolfgang & me
 So my acting abilities led me to this photoshoot assignment. During the shoot, I found out that Peter had shot for many international magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair and many others foreign publications! Knowing that, I was awestruck that he would chose me to be his model. The very opportunity to be just working for a noted photographer like him is good enough for me.

So what have I learned in this experience to share with others?
The gentle side of me
Writing this experience, I love to share with my readers here how different it was working for a foreigner compared to the locals. Everyone can benefit and learn the way international photographers work. (unless you want to be ignorant and think highly of yourself) Peter told me to treat this photoshoot like in a film shoot. He said it's all the same, except his are for still photographs which is a minor difference. He told me to use my acting skills and be natural in front of his lense. So what are the difference working with Peter and his German crew as with a local production?

They understand time precision and its value
Strength - inside out
The shoot timetable was drafted and was given to me a week earlier. And you know what? No missed time or activity. All the work and setting up of the camera and lighting was completed according to the timeline stated. Germans have a great sense of timing, respect and value of time. I asked Peter do Germans worked overtime? He said everyone goes home at the stated time, for all work is done for the day. No worry, no stress. Because everyone is doing their jobs.

They recognise true talent - beyond just the superficial
I mean, come on, look at me. I don't see myself as a model, but the photographs Peter took was all fantastic and beautiful. His strong belief in me uplifts my confidence in my own abilities. He said he knows how good I am in acting and that will come through his photographs as well. No doubt some good looks can help, but your true abilities speak more of you as a talent. Helping others to do well will in turn inspires you to do well too. That's why I love coaching others in my Artiste Training Course.

They share knowledge
Sharing knowledge here means communication. During the photoshoot, everything went on uncannily smooth. I was expecting some kind of glitch or some unhappy crew member who would shout and belitttle others (like most of our local productions do). But no such thing. Everything went smoothly because everyone communicates with each other on a professional level. Peter trusts in my abilities, and that in turn makes me do my best. Same thing goes with others - the lighting crew, talent coordinator, line producer etc. Everything is explained clearly and simply at every level. No hidden agendas, witholding grudges (emotional) or worst, misinformation.

So how can we make our industry better? Simply imitate others who did better than us.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Photoshoot

Recently, I did a few modelling shots for a German photographer. These are the pictures for potential covers (there's more to come, but I'll post it later). Worked very hard to get back in shape. NOTE: Since I have been receiving a LOT of anonymous comments, I will not be able to publish them all for it will automatically be deleted by my blog enabler. Only comments with a recognisable blog profile (and helpful or related to topic at hand) will be considered for publishing (or not). Anyway, just enjoy...