Ram Chiang’s Career from Singer to Actor
TVB drama Finding Her Voice <牛下女高音> is receiving positive feedback for a plot featuring a group of middle-aged men rediscovering their passion and starting a music group. A member of the music group, Ram Chiang’s (蔣志光) character gets to show off his singing skills. Off-screen, Ram is also a talented singer-composer and his hit song “Strangers When We Meet“ <相逢何必曾相識> is considered to be a Chinese pop classic. Having experienced both singing and acting, Ram spoke about his choices in his career path.
Composing His Songs
Reaching commercial success in the 1990, many people today still listen to Ram’s hit song. Recalling the composition process, Ram revealed, “The song, ‘Strangers When We Meet,’ was the last song in my personal album. Karaoke was very popular back then. Since there weren’t many duet songs in the market, I thought there was a good chance that the song will sell well. The song was composed while calculating the market.”
Though the song topped the charts, Ram soon discovered he lost inspiration. “The song was popular, and it won a prize. What’s next? What can I do next?”
Unable to answer his questions, Ram decided to quit his career in music. “You can’t repeat composition and I won’t be satisfied. When I couldn’t get any new ideas, I had to quit.”
Becoming an Actor
Although Ram stopped singing, he did not give up his passion for the entertainment industry, and decided to pursue acting instead. As a supporting actor in many series, Ram won the Best Supporting Actor in 2014 for his role in Come On, Cousin <老表, 你好 hea!> where Ram had the opportunity to showcase his composition skills. Ram rewrote the lyrics to his hit song to fit a scene and the new song went viral.
In Ram’s many years of being a supporting actor, he carried himself as a professional, “An important supporting role is more important than the main character and it is less work too. Besides, having your own creation is more important than being a main character.”
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.