KEEP CALM & CARRY ON Learn to Look For­ward

She’s hit her stride as a vet­eran ac­tress with her first, well-de­served Star Awards win, so who bet­ter to ad­vise us on the art of pos­i­tiv­ity than Priscelia Chan?

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Be Pas­sion­ate About What You Do…

… even if you have noth­ing to show for it, says the 35-year-old, whose ef­forts fi­nally paid off at this year’s Star Awards. She took home the Rocket Award – given to the artiste who’s shown the most im­prove­ment – for her role as a jeal­ous, wil­ful wife in Me­di­acorp Chan­nel 8’s The Jour­ney: A Voy­age (2013). The tro­phy is Priscelia’s first since she joined the in­dus­try 15 years ago.

“Entertainment is a game of luck and tim­ing – much de­pends on the op­por­tu­ni­ties you get. Once I learnt to re­spect the in­dus­try’s caprices, it be­came eas­ier to press on. There’s a Chi­nese say­ing, tai shang yi fen zhong, tai xia shi nian gong (a minute on stage re­quires 10 years of train­ing). I’ve al­ways be­lieved that if I work hard to give a good per­for­mance, I’ll be re­warded in time to come.”

Use Your Time Wisely

The nat­u­rally vi­va­cious ac­tress never stays un­happy for more than

38 a day. “Time SIM­PLY is HER wasted | JULY 2014 on mop­ing. Yes, I feel up­set when I don’t win. But I’ll also ask my­self why – for ex­am­ple, did I do the script jus­tice, or did I de­liver my lines right? Then I make it a point to hone my skills in­stead of feel­ing mis­er­able,” says Priscelia mat­ter-of-factly. When awards elude her, Priscelia re­calls pre­cious moments to re­mind her­self how much she loves her job: “When some­one recog­nises me on the street and tells me they en­joy watch­ing my shows and to keep up the good work even though I didn’t win, it re­ally spurs me on.”

That said, stay­ing pos­i­tive is hard work – you have to con­stantly re­mind your­self to keep at it, admits Priscelia. “Make time for sel­f­re­flec­tion ev­ery day, whether it’s keep­ing a jour­nal or think­ing about what you’re grate­ful for. Even­tu­ally, it’ll be­come a habit.”

Life Never Pans Out the Way You Want It to

“I went through a phase in my 20s when I felt like I had to fol­low every­one else’s path in life – get

mar­ried, have a kid, own a house and car, and have a ca­reer that rakes in money. The turn­ing point came when my mother passed away nine years ago – she’d been un­well for a while, but I never ex­pected her to leave so sud­denly,” she says. It made Priscelia re­alise that she needed to start liv­ing her own life and do­ing the things that make her happy.

Build a Sup­port Sys­tem

Priscelia counts her­self lucky to have the lov­ing sup­port of her fam­ily and friends, es­pe­cially her hus­band (ac­tor-turned-busi­ness­man Alan Tern). They were bud­dies be­fore be­com­ing a cou­ple, so the foun­da­tion of their re­la­tion­ship is strong, she says.

“We go on cof­fee dates at least once a month to spend qual­ity time to­gether. Alan al­ways knows how to cheer me up – some­times he gives me a hug out of the blue and tells me he’s proud of me or that he thinks I’m the best. And when I feel dis­ap­pointed about miss­ing out on an award, he jok­ingly says: ‘ Why do you need one? You al­ready have the best award – me!’” ( Laughs)

Bad Times Aren’t Worth Re­mem­ber­ing

“I have a short mem­ory for bad times. My younger sis­ter calls me Dory (the ab­sent-minded fish in Find­ing Nemo) – I take that in a good way,” she says. When she has bad days, her rem­edy is sim­ple: ex­er­cis­ing, savour­ing a cup of her favourite cof­fee or lis­ten­ing to mu­sic. “I also look at mo­ti­va­tional quotes on In­sta­gram to re­mind my­self to keep my chin up.”

All in Good Time

When­ever the topic of not hav­ing a bun in the oven comes up, Priscelia tells her­self that God has a bet­ter plan in place. But she and her hus­band were ac­tively try­ing for a baby about two years ago, and have gone through their fair share of pain.

“It took a while for us to learn to let na­ture take its course; we still talk about it now and then, but we don’t linger on the sad­ness or dis­ap­point­ment. I sim­ply spread all the love that I have to give to my nephew, my friends’ kids and Twin­kle, my cat!”

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