Malaysian faces to watch out for in 2016

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New year, new beginnings, new stars. With enough perseverance and a pinch of luck, anyone can get a chance to shine. This year, we’re putting our money on these six faces. Read on to find out Brian, Caleb, Daphne, Fabian, Jiven and Katrina have in store for 2016.

Photography by Kamil Haziq

Hair & Makeup by EDY’s Place Hair Studio

Wardrobe by Springfield

The Aspiring Auteurs

[Image: Kamil Haziq]

[Image: Kamil Haziq]

Caleb Lim and Jiven Sekar, founders of The Salad Show

What started off as Cool Story Bro is now a successful Youtube channel called The Salad Show with almost 5,000 subscribers (at press time) to its name. Balancing a mix of slice-of-life humorous vids with more dramatic, heavier fare, The Salad Show is as varied as its name suggests.

Campus Plus: What are you up to in 2016?

Jiven Sekar: 2016 is going to be a fun year. I am going full time with Youtube, and Caleb will be helping me out part time for now, then come onboard fulltime later in 2016, which means more short films! We love telling stories and one of our main goals is to tell stories that connect with, inspire and visually amaze people. And, we are also really excited to make our first DC-esque short film in 2016. (whispering) Sci-fi…

CP: What are two things you learned in 2015 that will move you forward in 2016?

JS: What we have learned in 2015 is that if you put in the effort, you will see results. Also, quality and content matter. So, for 2016 we will move forward with videos of higher quality. I wrote some scripts over a year ago that I put on hold because I wanted Caleb to learn the camerawork, so that we are able to do the shorts as a team. After a year of learning, we are both confident enough to make bigger things happen as a team.

CP: What is the one thing that you absolutely must knock off your resolution list by the end of 2016?

JS: OMG, get Caleb a girlfriend! People are asking if we are together, and I must clarify that we are not, and we are as straight as a ruler. I need to get this guy settled down first, because he’s ruining my ‘market’. Jokes aside, making a sci-fi short film has always been a dream of mine that I hope to check off by the end of 2016. We have been experimenting with graphics and stuff to make sure we know how to execute this without letting it lose its quality.

The Multi-Hyphenate

[Image: Kamil Haziq]

[Image: Kamil Haziq]

Katrina Ann, aspiring author, coach and former national athlete

Having six SEA Games gold medals to your name by the age of 22 is enough to set you apart from everyone else, but Katrina is not one for complacency, as she has already set out to achieve even greater and more diverse things after retiring from competing for Malaysia.

CP: What are you up to in 2016? Katrina Ann: I’m currently working on three books; two in English with MPH which are sports-related and one in Bahasa Malaysia which is a coffee table book about the tales of people in Kampung Kerinchi, KL. Besides that, I’m also organising the first Swimming Carnival & Fundraising event for NASOM (National Autism Society of Malaysia) which will be held in conjunction with National Autism Awareness Week in April. I’m very excited about this project! I’m currently applying to a Political Science & Sociology Degree Program in France as well. Alongside all of these wonderful things, I’m also the Program Director of Synchronised Swimming for D Swim Academy and am excited for the club to continue to grow.

CP: What are two things you learned in 2015 that will move you forward in 2016?

KA: I’d say the two main things I’d learned would be one, learning to let go and accept the things you cannot change, and two, being more independent and accepting other people’s opinions while making sure that I stay true to myself.

CP: What is the one thing that you absolutely must knock off your resolution list by the end of 2016?

KA: I’d say jump off a cliff but I already did that in Thailand in August! The next one would be to finish my book.

The Social Media Influencers

[Image: Kamil Haziq]

[Image: Kamil Haziq]

Brian See, lifestyle blogger and model

With his ever changing tresses (it’s blonde now) and statuesque frame, Brian See stands out in a crowd just by standing in it. If you ever need menswear style tips, Brian’s Instagram account is a deep well of inspiration as not a day goes by without a painstakingly put together #OOTD that will give you serious wardrobe envy.

CP: What are you up to in 2016? Brian See: 2016 will be a whole new challenges for me as I would like to focus more on my modelling career. Hopefully I can become more active in commercials, photo shoots and also on the runway. I also wouldn’t reject the opportunity to venture into acting or hosting too.

CP: What are two things you learned in 2015 that will move you forward in 2016?

BS: The two things I’ve learned in 2015 are to be humble and never give up. I’ve realized that being humble is the key to improving and also succeeding in life. The other thing that I learned is to never give up, because after joining a model contest in Taiwan last year and failing to win the title, I began to understand that a competition is just a learning process and I should not give up on chasing my dreams.

CP: What is the one thing that you absolutely must knock off your resolution list by the end of 2016?

BS: To travel! I want to travel somewhere that I’ve never been to before, to explore the world outside, and to gain experience and inspiration overseas.

[Image: Kamil Haziq]

[Image: Kamil Haziq]

Daphne Charice, lifestyle blogger, musician and co-founder of the café Project Space

This photogenic social media personality lives and breathes art, a trait which has been realized through various creative outlets – one of them being coffee hangout Project Space, and the other being her acoustic pop music covers. You’ll usually find her manning the coffee machine behind the counter in Project Space, or up front and centre for a musical performance at the café.

CP: What are you up to in 2016? Daphne Charice: I would like to produce my own music. I love to sing as it helps me to express myself better.

CP: What are two things you learned in 2015 that will move you forward in 2016?

DC: I am still learning to be more confident, and wiser too.

CP: In your opinion, what’s gonna be hot in 2016?

DC: Daphne Charice will be hot (No, I’m just joking, but see what I did there? Confidence.). I won’t speak for others, but personally, I feel that how you dress yourself up represents who you are, regardless of trends. Don’t be afraid to be yourself!

The Raw Thespian

[Image: Kamil Haziq]

[Image: Kamil Haziq]

Fabian Loo, actor and model

With his boyish good looks and easy smile, it’s easy to see which industry Fabian is cut out for. His future is undeniably bright as he has already garnered the attention of critics for his ability to tap into raw emotion to deliver an authentic performance onscreen, which has landed him roles in multiple TV series and movies.

CP: What are you up to in 2016? Fabian Loo: I will definitely continue to find opportunities in acting to improve my craft in the performing arts. Meanwhile, I’ll also venture into script writing and directing.

CP: What are two things you learned in 2015 that will move you forward in 2016?

FL: The first is communication. This is especially true in the arts, as sometimes it is hard to clearly communicate sophisticated human sentiments. I’ve learned about the communication breakdown that happens when concepts are misunderstood, so (to fix that) the concepts must be conveyed in a more vivid way, with support from examples and evidence. I’ve also learned more about inspiration, which is the root of every art piece. With true and honest inspiration, nothing can go wrong.

CP: What’s a weakness you want to work on?

FL: I’m way too emotional. The nature of my work leads to having to deal with emotions and sentiments all the time. Sometimes it’s hard for me to seek a balance between work and my personal life, and sometimes sentiments at work affects personal ones.

 

For more of this interview, check out the full issue of Campus Plus January 2016 here!

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