Freelance Artiste – Actress, Singer, Recording & Performance Artiste, Composer & Writer with an International Playground: China, Taiwan, Canada, USA, UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia & Singapore
1) What have you been busy with and are you back in Singapore? [Question from reader Hoo Chia Wen]
I have been busy living life! If you are talking about workwise, well there has been talks of my music album release & movie works in the making but all over in the West – London & Canada for now but all that will have to wait for working papers to be secured for it to begin. Been busy writing new songs & not letting the creative bug go to sleep!
I have been travelling between Singapore & Toronto a lot these past 2 years. Left China about 3 years ago with my dad’s passing to spend more time with my mom. However, work in Singapore is not exactly lucrative or challenging for an actor or singer. Media needs more maturity & build-up in Singapore than most of us care to admit to compete internationally now with most people watching media via the Internet. The idea & respect for soft power within a popular celebrity needs support & understanding too. I still take on little projects here and there in Singapore if given the opportunity & the time which I deem are fun for me.
2) What is your view on the rising percentage of singles among the Singaporean population? [Question from reader Jona H Wang]
I believe there is someone for everyone & that there are some who are just not meant for matrimony. It has always been so since ancient times! Perhaps, the worry factor is that of aging singles. People are just not getting married as young as they used to – afterall you gotta be sure you want to take a leap of faith off the cliff – with great decisions comes great responsibilities – perhaps it’s a sign of sanity at last.
3) How do you keep looking so awesome? [Question from reader Samy Rajoo]
Self-esteem & knowing you are a good person makes for a good-looking person I think. Superficial skin ages with time & winds but if there is goodness within, it always shines through. I am about the least made up celebrity I know, and that’s cos I don’t see the logic of spending so much time in front of a mirror. Always look your best & be comfortable in your own skin, be healthy, do your exercises for mental & physical well-being, take good care of your gifts (believe me we are all given gifts) & focus on them, don’t over do it cos then you will be hiding who you really are! Btw, thank you for thinking that I always look awesome – big grateful smile!
4) Your biggest regret in Life? [Question from reader Andy Lim]
Can’t really say I regret anything cos if I look back I would still have made the choices I made as they have given me the happiest & most fulfilling experiences in my life.
5) What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? Or one you think is most inspiring? [From Grace]
Being brave is about doing what you believe in & is right despite what anyone else says. No one believed I could become a singer but I pursued on all over the world alone & now have 4 solo albums to my name. No one believed I could become an actress but I pursued on all over the world & now have 13 TV series & 3 feature films to my name.
And with that success, I am able to work with charities & poverty & devastations to create a better world throughout my career which is the best part of it all.
No one believed but me in myself & it came with a long line of sacrifices & hardship but it is not the end of this roller coaster ride, it never ends!
Be brave & believe!
Grace says: It’s really awesome that Celest managed this interview, as she had a “little ski accident” prior to this. It’s pretty obvious to me that Celest still has many fans in Singapore. I count many of my guy friends part of her fanbase. Haha. So this interview is for all you guys!
Come back soon to be introduced to a food blogger I recently came to know about.