Since the COVID-19 pandemic lessened many artistes’ work load, Ron Ng (吳卓羲) used the extra free time to reflect on his personal life and career. He also had more quality time with his mother, who understood the 40-year-old actor is not in a hurry to get married so urged him to become a father first.
Bonding with His Family
Seeing his down time as a blessing in disguise, Ron shared, “Although I lived with my mother for many years, I didn’t have too many opportunities to see her. In the past, whenever I return home from work, she is already sleeping. The next day, I leave the house before she wakes up. Right now, we have dinner and sometimes get groceries together.”
Ron continued, “Since we see each other day and night, we can now talk about anything and I let her know more about my work. In fact, she always wanted to get to talk to me, but she didn’t want to bother me when I was busy. Now we have an opportunity to sit down and talk. Since joining the industry, I nearly lost 22 years of family time, but I can finally return all of it to my mother.”
The extra time together inevitably made his mother ask Ron about his life plans, “She lowered the requirements and said I don’t have to get married, but I should have a baby first. I thought it was interesting; why would a mother ask for a baby first? I certainly understand her intentions. Although many young artistes are married and having babies, maybe my fate has not arrived. I have been working and I thought about it. I am scared of having babies and not having the energy to raise them. But I still need to meet the right person first. It takes time to date, but I believe the opportunity will come.”
Opportunities Working in China
In recent years, the Mainland Chinese entertainment industry has been growing at a rapid pace and prompted Ron to think about his experiences there. The dialect barrier is just one of the challenges. “You must figure out if you will speak Mandarin or Cantonese [during filming]. I remember when I filmed my first series in China, I spoke Cantonese and then discovered that my performance wasn’t that great. There will always be differences in the verbal and facial expressions. If you say the dialogue in Mandarin, the director will cut more shots for you. It’s because your mouth movement is not in sync. It’s useless no matter how well you act, there will be problems on screen.”
Realizing speaking the same dialect would ensure greater synergy with his co-stars, Ron made sure to arrive on set prepared. “When I filmed my second series, I studied the script before filming. I hand-wrote Mandarin sounds for my dialogue. Although I did not really go to a tutor to learn Mandarin, I had assistants around me, so I asked them to teach me. Of course, I would still use voice-over for the final broadcast, but at least I felt more comfortable when I film.”
Dealing with Career Setbacks
In the industry for two decades, Ron knew experiencing some career setbacks was inevitable, but he learned to face them with optimism. Facing negative press in the past for his dating relationships, Ron learned to face the storm with calmness. “When I first saw negative press, I would go home thinking, ‘What will happen when I return to the station?’ No one would really care when you go to work. It’s more important to do your best.”
Not wanting to let the press affect him, Ron chose to focus his energy on acting, “If the news is in your mind, it will affect your work so you should focus on acting well. You can only change the audience’s view by showing your work. The press could be writing about you this week, but you may not be on the cover next week. Why worry? In the entertainment industry, you have to learn to face the negative news so you can carry on. If you let the news defeat you, I advise you not to continue [in this field].”
Source: Ming Pao Weekly
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.