It is common knowledge that the Hong Kong entertainment industry is difficult to break into, let alone make a fruitful career out of it. And while many of the following artists did have a successful entertainment career, they still ultimately decided to change their career paths for their own personal reasons.
Andy Tai (戴志偉)
The 58-year-old was the king of green leafs—as a member of TVB’s graduating artiste class of 1981, Andy’s classmates included Andy Lau (劉德華) and Tony Leung Ka-fai (梁家輝). Over his 30-year career as one of Hong Kong television most prominent actors, Andy has had a handful of classic roles, including Police Cadet 84’s <新紮師兄> Cheung Ka-ming, The Duke of Mount Deer’s <鹿鼎記> Cheng Hak-song, The Condor Heroes’ <神鵰俠侶> Chiu Chi-king, and At the Threshold of an Era’s <創世紀> Hui Man-kwan. In 1999, Andy started working for an insurance company, and managed to balance both careers. It wasn’t until 2011 when Andy officially ended his relationship with TVB and dedicated all his time as an insurance agent. Andy said TVB only renewed his contract for one show per year, and Andy said he felt “disrespected.” Though Andy now lives his life comfortably behind cameras, he would occasionally make appearances with his friends to hold mini concerts.
Gigi Lai (黎珈而, formerly 黎姿)
As one of Hong Kong television’s biggest actresses, Gigi started her acting career at a young age to provide for her family. She is best known for his performances in the film franchise Young and Dangerous <古惑仔> and the TVB drama War and Beauty <金枝慾孽>, which she also won Best Actress for. In 2007, her younger brother survived a near-fatal car accident, rendering him unable to continue on with his business. Gigi quit a life of entertainment so she could take over her brother’s company. In 2009, she opened her cosmetics medical skin care business. In 2017, her company went public.
Suki Chui (徐菁遙, formerly 徐淑敏)
Suki made her debut through the 2006 Miss Hong Kong Pageant, and although she did not get placed, it was her ticket into a TVB career. Once regarded as a rising star in the industry, especially after her supporting appearance in the award-winning Rosy Business <巾幗梟雄>, Suki suddenly announced her marriage to businessman Kenny Wee (黃浩) and slowly faded out of the spotlight. Now the mother of three beautiful daughters, Suki also owns her own skin care business. In 2016, she sold her brand for eight figures, earning HK$10 million within four years. Suki has also earned a business administration degree from the International American University and have take classes in gemology and Le Cordon Bleu since starting her business.
Ellesmere Choi (蔡子健)
The former actor made his debut in 1993 through TVB’s artiste training class, and at one point was one of TVB’s most prominent supporting actor, having appeared in numerous successful television dramas. In 2010, he quit his acting career and became a financial planner. Rumors say that his sudden leave may be due to being fired by TVB after being accused of sexual harassment.
Mariane Chan (陳妙瑛)
Once one of TVB’s most successful leading actresses, avid HK television viewers were saddened when the Witness to a Prosecution <洗冤錄> star announced her retirement after filming 2002’s Love is Beautiful <無頭東宮>. Mariane is now a millionaire, owning multiple businesses, including a cosmetics school.
Oscar Siu (蕭潤邦)
Oscar used to be a member of the pop group Bliss, but an unsuccessful debut and singing career led Oscar to consider other options. Moving to Shanghai for a modeling career, Oscar also developed a love for shengjian bao, which also inspired him to learn the craft. When he returned to Hong Kong, he started his own shengjian bao business, which exploded to success. Now, Oscar owns five restaurants. He plans to open three more this year.
Erica Yuen (袁彌明)
Erica made her debut as a participant of the 2005 Miss Hong Kong Pageant contest, but life as an actress was not successful. In 2007, she left TVB for a career in the skincare industry, and succeeded. She established her first skincare store in 2009 and proceeded to open 10 more afterwards.
Cally Kwong (鄺美雲)
Cally was the runner-up of the 1982 Miss Hong Kong Pageant, which kicked started her award-winning singing career. Releasing over 30 albums, Cally eventually left the entertainment industry in 1998 for a career in the jewelry business. In 1999, she earned a diploma from the Gemological Institute of America. In 2000, she officially opened her first jewelry store. Cally has a net worth of over HK$5 billion.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.