Budding actress and singer Jacqueline Tiang has all the time been a shy individual.
Which was why her determination to hitch magnificence pageant Miss Astro Chinese language Worldwide Pageant in 2016 got here as a shock to her household and pals.
“Individuals mentioned, ‘You’ve all the time been so shy and quiet and now you’re becoming a member of a pageant?’
“They have been shocked particularly after they noticed me converse and carry out on stage, ” the 27-year-old recounts to StarLifestyle.
Tiang positioned second within the competitors. Six months later, she would go on to shock her family members much more when she stop her regular banking profession and left her hometown Johor Baru to take a crack at present enterprise within the nation’s capital.
After getting her begin on TV commercials, she made her appearing debut within the 2017 native internet sequence Might I Love You.
Late final 12 months, she dropped her first single Look At Me Now. The edgy dance quantity is a moderately sudden transfer in mild of the ballad-skewed native music trade.
“I like shocking folks. I need them to see one other aspect of me, ” says the genteel and soft-spoken Tiang about Look At Me Now.
She displays on reconciling her shy nature along with her career that always requires her to be in entrance of a crowd.
“Once I step in entrance of the digital camera, whether or not as an actress or a singer, routinely that shyness is gone. I don’t see myself as Jacqueline. I see myself reworking into another person.”
Tiang goes from power to power, engaged on a mainland China internet film subsequent.
1. How did your loved ones react once you informed them you wished to pursue a profession in leisure?
My dad and mom have been frightened for me. Initially, they weren’t supportive of the concept of entering into this trade. It’s not as easy and steady as a banking profession. You don’t know if and when your subsequent job goes to come back.
However I felt keen about it and determined to take an opportunity.
2. What have been your early days in showbiz like?
Once I first moved to Kuala Lumpur, I stayed with a relative. After all, I couldn’t stick with them for lengthy and needed to be taught to be impartial.
It was troublesome at first. Though I’d get jobs working as a expertise for TV commercials, it’s not constant. Generally, I might get loads of jobs, typically, there can be none.
However after some time, I received used to it and I might predict the “dry” seasons, and make the mandatory preparations.
So when I’ve no jobs, I’d work on enhancing myself, taking appearing and singing programs.
Fortunately, I might maintain myself throughout these instances, with the cash I saved up after I was working on the financial institution.
3. Describe your debut single Look At Me Now.
Look At Me Now is about my private progress. You may even see this mirrored within the music video’s imagery.
It begins with me wanting like a princess at first, wearing a robe, symbolising the notion folks could have of me on account of my pageant background.
However then I modify into all these totally different outfit kinds, which displays my journey in the direction of discovering my distinctive self.
I co-wrote the track and produced the music video.
Taking over the accountability of a producer was additionally a journey of progress in itself.
In addition to studying what goes on behind the scenes, I needed to change into extra thick-skinned, approaching folks to assist make the music video a actuality.
4. Did you make any resolutions for 2020?
For 2020, I’ll nonetheless deal with my profession. However I’d additionally wish to spend extra time studying extra about music alone.
I’m additionally taking a look at taking over a enterprise administration course on the aspect.
5. Chinese language New Yr is simply across the nook. What are your plans?
I will probably be travelling again to Johor Baru to be with my dad and mom and meet my relations. Yearly, our household custom is to have a steamboat and lou sang collectively. This 12 months, we’re additionally arranging a household journey to the seaside.