The dream of a dream job
2015 was an extremely fulfilling year for me where dreams turned into reality. I released my second book, collaborated with the National Museum of Singapore, and went back to stage.
After close to 5 months of filming for The Dream Makers 2, I feel a huge load coming off my shoulders now as we have wrapped up. As much as I love Zhao Fei-er, her mental and emotional state can be too overwhelming at times. She’s cast an indelible shadow over me, she’s invaded my personal space, and she affected me in more ways than one.
Sol’s World: Somebody to Love has completed its first wave of publicity. Thank you to the various media for the time and help rendered. I would not have been able to create so much awareness on my book launch without all of you.
I play every role like it’s my most important role, so even if it’s a cameo of just 4 episodes, I still give it the same amount of attention and commit to it like it’s the biggest thing in my life. I put in the same amount of effort and do the necessary research required.
When the creative process of Art is over, you have to deal with the not-so-fun bits, it’s a steep learning curve but so fulfilling at the same time. It was an amazing feeling seeing Sol’s Journey come together and fall in place.
The preparation process for building a character can be a long one. At times, it even involves another department like wardrobe, hair and makeup. Setting the look and image works hand in hand with my portrayal of the character and it is important.
I am currently in the midst of filming for “The Dream Makers 2”, reprising my role as Zhao Fei-er. To me, she has always been a victim of circumstances, and her character was moulded by the environment and situation that she constantly found herself in. She is the antagonist in a way, because she isn’t the typical good girl character, but she definitely isn’t evil as what people like to conveniently label her for the lack of better understanding or vocabulary.
What was planned as a Valentine’s Day launch, wasn’t to be. Sol’s World: Somebody to Love was launched in May instead. The wait is well worth it for me, because the book makes me smile when I look at it now. It was a huge learning experience for me, to know what went on behind crafting and creating a book. I created Sol’s World with the intention of a series of illustrated books. So in many ways, the project hasn’t ended, it is just a new beginning for me.
Sol’s World: Somebody to Love is a book crafted for both children and adults. It makes for easy reading for the children and yet it carries a deeper message for the adults. I love a good picture book myself and I never had that idea in my head that a picture book wasn’t for me. Imagination is something that shouldn’t just stop when you leave childhood behind.
What started off as a simple sketch turned into something more over the years. I think the best way to actually show the gradual process of her (the girl I always draw) growth is to show you what I have done year after year. These drawings were prepared for Jeanius’ membership cards. When I started drawing for my column in a magazine, Jeanius asked if I could also draw something for their membership card. So I did.