Ready, set, action!!
Article from the Sun daily by Ong Kah Shin (posted on 13th Oct 2015)
JENVINE Ong was only 17 when she made her debut in a television commercial. The 25 year-old bagged the second runner-up title at the Miss Chinese Cosmos Southeast Asia pageant two years ago, and is now acting in local drama series and films.
Being a former state table tennis player who has a background in tae kwon do, Ong easily grasps martial art techniques, which explains her action-packed roles in films. "I go for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training for four hours, twice a week. I really enjoy learning new stunts," said Ong, who dreams of becoming a kung fu actress like Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh and starring in a Hollywood action film.
Armed with sheer perseverance after her degree, Ong decided to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in May 2014 and has been scoring straight A's in every semester despite her busy schedule. "It has been quite difficult as I have to juggle between modelling, acting, studying and managing my beauty salon. Passion and determination brought me this far," Ong added.
Ong also noted that modelling and acting have influenced her life and her philosophy of it.
"In the past, my thoughts are constrained in a box but now I am quite open to ideas. I also like to take on things that challenge my ability," said Ong who has developed interests in music, snowboarding, dancing, archery and cycling.
How do you prepare for a drama or film role?
I do a lot of research beforehand. In order to present MMA stunts, I look for videos online. Many of my friends in the wushu sport scene also offer me some help. Our national wushu champion Michael Chin taught me a lot of wushu stunts, and how to look good and fight great on TV.
What about acting challenges you?
Crying for a scene is hard for me but I always choose to believe I can do it. Losing weight is also a big challenge as I gain weight easily and cannot say no to food. I exercise regularly and struggle with my diet so I would look fit on TV.
How is acting rewarding for you?
My experience of playing different roles such as a murderer, doctor, police and forensic investigator has trained me to be versatile. It trains my willpower to challenge myself and continue exploring my potentials. I also gain access to an extensive network of people from different backgrounds.
What's next in the pipeline?
I would probably pursue a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) after my MBA. Doing my MBA has been promoting my holistic growth especially in presenting and communicating, which enhances my onstage performance. However, it really depends on my schedule as DBA would require my full attention. Career-wise, I would like to explore the market in China. I recently came back from joining a reality show in Beijing.
How would you advise an aspiring actor or model?
If you have the passion, go for it without thinking too much. Every industry has its own difficulties. In the beginning, my parents didn't support me but slowly they changed their mind after seeing me work hard. I never thought I would join the Miss Chinese Cosmos Southeast Asia pageant or pursue a MBA; but winning third prize in the pageant motivated me to keep striving. Never give up on your dreams.
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