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Article in 蘋果日報 Apple Daily (20061120)

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I received a call today from a reporter at Hong Kong's 蘋果日報 Apple Daily newspaper. She had heard my songs and read about my broken toe.

She then told me that there will be article about these various things in tomorrow's the Nov 20 (Monday) edition of the newspaper. So if you are able to buy the newspaper, take a look, or you can check it out online at 蘋果日報 Apple Daily's web site.

Update

The article is not there yet. I've asked the reporter and she told me that it will be published some time this week. I'll let you know once it appears, or perhaps you'll let me know ;-)

Update (24 Nov 2006)

The article has been published. You can find it here.

Interview on 萬王之王, RTHK Radio 2 (20061116)

Filed in Entertainment Ind., Music, Music: My Songs, Press

Last week was busy; well not quite, but still interesting anyway. In addition to the interview with Alyson at RTHK Radio 3, I also talked with Shirley 曾淑儀 and Lu from the 「萬王之王」 King of Kings show on RTHK Radio 2.

When Shirley heard about my singing studies in L.A., she liked the idea of interviewing me but wanted to make it special. What she came up with was really fun. 「洋人中文歌」 is a three-part series; approximately fifteen minutes per part; with yours truly teaching (we're truly stretching the meaning of this word) listeners to sing ;-)  Shirley and Lu were wonderful and lots of fun. I think you'll enjoy the series.

The series will begin tomorrow; Thursday, November 16, 2006. I'm not sure of the exact time of my interview but the King of Kings show runs from 5pm to 7pm (i.e., UTC 9.00am), Monday to Friday. The second and third parts will be broadcast next Thursday (November 23) and the Thursday after that (November 30) respectively.

If you miss the show, the archives will be available from the King of Kings archive pages: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Interesting and perhaps confusing; I don't really sing very much Chinese during the interviews, but we explain that later on in the series. And for all of you who care, I promise to sing more Cantonese in the future.

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording it with Shirley and Lu.

Interview on Teen Time, RTHK Radio 3 (20061114)

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A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from one of my blog's readers by the name of Lenny Wu. He wrote:

I'm just wondering, can you contact this friend? She's a radio DJ for RTHK Radio 3. Her name is Alyson Hau. Here's her website. I dunno if you got anything to say for Teen Time. :) Teen Time is from 9-10pm. It would be nice to hear you speak English. :D

Well, I wrote to Alyson and she liked the idea, so we recorded the interview last week. It's in English so you can all hear my Aussie accent ;-) The interview is light but also serious near the end because I explain an idea of mine that might help many of the struggling actors and production people in the entertainment industry.

Alyson is amazing. She's young, talented, smart, beautiful, and she's fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Nothing's going to stop her getting where she wants to go.

Teen Time runs weekdays from 9 to 10pm Hong Kong time, i.e., 1pm UTC time. My interview will be in tonight's show, November 14. Mark your calendars.

If you miss the show tonight, you can listen to the archive which will be available after the broadcast.

Interview for Made in HK, RTHK Radio 2 (20060630)

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I was interviewed yesterday at RTHK for 李志剛's Made in Hong Kong program. It was a fun interview. Originally purposed to discuss anti-discrimination matters, we didn't talk a lot about anti-discrimination because I haven't personally experienced very much discrimination in Hong Kong at all, more than likely because I've given a lot of effort to learning the local language. Communication is the key to a harmonic society.

If you missed the interview, it's available online at RTHK's Made in Hong Kong 李志剛, (20060630). The full show is 2 hours long. My interview is in the second hour. If you're using RealPlayer, the link for the second hour is Made in Hong Kong 李志剛 (20060630) Part II.

李志剛 is a rare, nice and funny guy!

The Road to Acting

Filed in Entertainment Ind., TVB (H.K.) 香港無線電視Tags: , , , , ,

Coming Monday (June 12, 2006) is going to be a busy day for me. I have three separate appointments, all of them relatively important, but the one that I want to point out to all of you; at least for now; is the one that begins in Central at 8pm.

I frequently get email messages and comments from readers who themselves dream of becoming famous actors or simply would like to be in the business, whether famous or not. I'm working at TVB simply because I'm lucky. There's nothing else to it. So what about other budding actors out there?

I would recommend two things.

Hong Kong Actors Meetup

For all of you who want to be in the business, whether as a director, actor, script writer or something else, I strongly suggest that you join the Hong Kong Actors Meetup. It's a group of local people wanting to work in the entertainment business, and almost everyone in the group is enthusiastic and ready to go.

Hong Kong already has an actors guild; the Hong Kong Performing Artists Guild; but it's limited in what it can do. In my experience, it's pretty much made up of actors who hope that the guild can find work for them. Enthusiasm is almost non-existent and the guild has been unable to help local actors in any significant way in the entire time that it's been in operation. That's not to say that the leaders haven't done anything. They've all worked extremely hard, but for one reason or another, nothing really helpful to actors or productive ever came out of the guild.

The film and television industry in Hong Kong is a very small circle. It's a very tough circle, extremely difficult and costly; in terms of time and effort; to become a part of. Even sleeping with the director will not guarantee you a part let alone success.

Personally, I don't think the future of Hong Kong's film and television lies with this circle. It lies with a new circle, one to be created by the members of the Hong Kong Actors Meetup group. Enthusiasm is the key, enthusiasm that you find in college students, or people with stars in their eyes walking through the studded but old and decrepit streets of Hollywood (yes, decrepit. I know. I've been there).

So if you really want a chance to be part of the film and television industry, if you want to be someone who contributes to the future here in Hong Kong, whether you're Chinese, Caucasian, African, Mexican, Japanese, or whatever, then join the meetup group and get yourself over to the meetup meetings.

Next Monday night at 8pm, there will be a meeting on the roof of the The Fringe Club (2 Lower Albert Road, Central, tel 25217251). I'll be there; although probably a little late; so hopefully we'll see each other. Shout if you see me ;-)

TVB (Hong Kong)

If you're a foreigner with Cantonese talents, you might take a crack at TVB where I work. If more of you work at TVB, I'll probably get less roles to perform but that's ok.

Cantonese is imperative if you want to work at TVB; preferably speaking and reading but speaking alone will do if your spoken Cantonese is excellent. Acting training/experience is also preferable.

So if you think you're ready for the TV screen and have what it takes, write down your resume and send it to TVB at:

Talent Department
TVB City
77 Chun Choi Street
Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate
Tseung Kwan O
Kowloon
Hong Kong (if you're mailing from outside of Hong Kong)

Include at least one photo in your application. Most importantly though, make sure to state in big friendly letters at the top of your resume that you speak (and read) excellent Cantonese. Only then will the talent people take the time to read through your resume.

Good luck people, and have fun.

A Hollywood TV peeve

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I've a peeve with the actors/actresses in Hollywood TV.

If you take note, you'll see lots of coffee in the Hollywood series. The NCIS actors have coffee in their hands every episode. Most of the police in other Hollywood series also drink coffee throughout the series. I drink coffee too; more than my fair share; so what's my peeve?

Watch their cups. Watch the way they hold them. Is there any weight in their cups? Is there any fluid in their cups?

No! And that's my peeve. If the actor can't 'remember' the weight and movement of a cup containing at least half a cup of coffee, at least put water in the cup. It takes away from the realness of the shows which means it takes away from the entertainment value.

Put coffee in the cups people!

Interview in today’s HMC

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There's an interview with me in the April 2005 edition of HMC magazine (Chinese language, Hong Kong publisher). The interview and photographs were taken a couple of weeks ago. I'll be getting a copy myself today to see how it was written up.

Update: The interview was laid out on a four-page spread with one large photograph and several others. Much of the text was based on research that the reporter had done from other older interviews. Even though some of it was inaccurate, the interview overall was pretty good. I'm happy with it. I had hoped that the reporter would list the URL of this blog in the interview but that didn't happen. Maybe next time…

Leo Koo, a ‘True Music’ experience

Filed in Entertainment Ind., Music

My wife and I went to Leo Koo's (古巨基) concert tonight at the Hong Kong Colosseum. We were given the tickets by a friend of mine, and were very surprised to find ourselves sitting in the second row. My wife commented that she probably wouldn't need to wear her glasses. That's how close we were.

Leo's a music man. He's loved singing for a long time, so much so that even after becoming quite successful as an actor for China-produced television serials, he chose to give up the television work and resume his singing. Tonight simply proved that he made the right choice.

The concert was great. Leo really knew how to make the music live. There's a difference between a singer who can keep key and a singer who knows how to make use of volume, emphasis and timing to bring a song alive, and Leo did everything right.

It became obvious that music itself was an important part of this concert. The arrangements and band were excellent and the volume wasn't too loud. There was even a whole segment where the backing singers came up on stage and sung alongside Leo. I've never seen this in Hong Kong and it was executed extremely well. The singers obviously had a lot of fun too.

The dancing was appropriate. The dancers employed for Hong Kong's concerts are always top notch but the arrangement can sometimes go overboard or become inappropriate for family viewing. That didn't happen tonight. All of the dances were related to Leo's own personality and nothing too spicy happened during the dances.

Leo's waited 11 years for this concert. He had the opportunity to open a concert eight years ago when one of his songs became a big hit here in Hong Kong. After considering the number of hit songs he had on hand and his experience, Leo passed up the invitation. In some ways, he regrets it because it took another 8 years before that opportunity re-introduced itself. I on the other hand think everything worked out well for him. He's more famous and popular now than he ever was, and he's a very strong singer and performer. With the bad economic times of 1997 and SARS behind us, his career can only soar from this point on.

He's going to be one of the greatest singers that Hong Kong has ever seen. Just wait and see.