Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪) has possessed long-time dreams of becoming a singer. With TVB’s new reality-singing competition Voice of Stars <星夢傳奇>, Benjamin thought that his opportunity has finally arrived.
Benjamin’s heart has never left the entertainment industry since winning Yes! Magazine’s School Grass Contest in 1997 when he was 17 years old. Soon after, he signed with a modeling agency and acted in several movies. Benjamin said, “At that time, the world was beautiful to me. I was sure I would be famous and if I was not cast in a movie, it was their loss. Even with veterans by my side, my head was always high. Thinking back, I was so conceited then.”
Luck was not always on Benjamin’s side as his popularity slowly decreased, forcing him to leave the industry in order to make ends meet. Bejamin did not think that he was without talent, and believed that he had yet to encounter the right opportunity.
Benjamin hoped to give the entertainment industry another try by joining the 2007 Mr. Hong Kong competition. Benjamin managed to win the title in a close victory. With Kenny Chung (鍾鎮濤) as a friend and mentor, Benjamin restarted his career as an actor with TVB.
Benjamin’s dream does not end with acting, and hopes to become a singer. In the first episode of Voice of Stars, though he was praised for his good voice, the judges also felt that Benjamin lacked emotion in his singing. Yet, he managed to stay in the competition. In the second episode, Benjamin was eliminated, with the judges asking him to stay with acting and forget his singing dream.
Although Benjamin’s singing skills were criticized, he understands that to fulfill his dream, he needs to continue to work hard.
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.