(From left) Miss Becky Lee, Dr Fredric Mao, Dr Alfred Cheung and moderator Professor Eva Man, Executive Associate Dean of Graduate School, discuss careers in the performing arts


(左起)李璧琦校友、毛俊輝博士、張堅庭博士和討論環節主持、研究院常務副院長文潔華教授討論演藝行業的發展前景

Date: 09 Oct 2014 (Thursday)

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Distinguished alumni artistes share insights on stage

傑出演藝界校友分享舞台事業心得

Three outstanding alumni in the field of performing arts, Dr Fredric Mao, Dr Alfred Cheung and Miss Becky Lee, shared their valuable experience on the stage, in the arts and culture and in life at the “Alumni Sharing Forum – Make Arts and Culture a Glamorous Career” held on 7 October 2014. 
 
Passionate about theatre production since a tender age, Dr Fredric Mao, an English Language and Literature alumnus who is currently Chair of the School of Chinese Opera at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, realised his dream career in theatre through a firm belief and hard work over the years. Dr Mao’s passion for theatrical production motivated him to cherish his studies in pursuit of his dream, and later to develop his career in the United States after he graduated from HKBU. He never looked back. Step by step, he gained practical experience in theatrical production. Today, Dr Mao is a renowned and highly respected maestro not just in theatre, but also in Cantonese Opera and Xiqu. 
 
A reputable film director, Chinese Language and Literature alumnus Dr Alfred Cheung said that when he first started writing scripts and making films, he saw it as a means of making a living. That’s why he directed the box-office smash hit series Her Fatal Ways. However, his talents are not restricted to films. His experience in running restaurants has helped him understand the training needs of front-line staff. He has effectively applied the theories of acting to corporate trainings, which is yet another line of business he engages in. Among his varied roles, his favourite is still making films and writing as this is where he started and these can be passed onto generations to come. 
 
Miss Becky Lee, a Music alumna, said her fondness of music took root when she was a child.  She was thankful for the music and vocal training she received at HKBU as it has given her a solid foundation in vocal performance and facilitated her career development. She also shared her struggles between choosing a modeling and a singing career and the tough moments she experienced, citing an example of when she could not act to the satisfaction of the director of a TV drama. Yet, she overcame the difficult moments by reflecting on herself and learning from others. She also remarked that perseverance is the key to success.
 
At the panel discussion, the three speakers concluded that there is no windfall success -- it takes time, hard work, trial and error as well as life-long learning to pursue one's passion and dream career. 
 
Organised by the Alumni Affairs Office, the forum attracted a full house.

三位在演藝界有傑出表現的校友毛俊輝博士、張堅庭博士和李璧琦小姐在10月7日的校友分享會「在台上──我覓理想」上,分享了在舞台、文化事業及生命中的實戰經驗和心得。
 
現職香港演藝學院戲曲學院院長的毛俊輝博士(英國語言文學)自幼熱愛舞台劇,一直本著把舞台劇作為自己的夢想事業的信念而努力。他對舞台劇的熱愛驅使他在浸會學院畢業後,自費遠赴美國修讀戲劇碩士課程及發展一己事業。他對自己的選擇從不後悔,並按部就班地於舞台上吸收經驗。今天,毛博士不止是舞台劇大師,還對粵劇和戲曲甚有研究。
 
著名導演張堅庭博士(中國語言文學)說,當初寫劇本和拍戲只為賺取生活所需,因此他拍攝了叫好又叫座的《表姐你好》電影系列。之後,他又發展飲食業,並從中了解到前線員工的培訓需要,將他演戲理論融入企業培訓,成為他在飲食以外的事業。雖然業務廣泛,他最愛的還是電影和寫作,因為這最能留存給後世。
 
李璧琦校友(音樂)自小熱愛音樂。她說浸大的音樂和聲樂訓練給她打下了很好的根基,發展一己事業。她亦分享早年在選擇模特兒和歌唱事業中的掙扎,以及她拍劇時未能做到導演要求的辛酸時刻。不過,她從不放棄,並不斷自我反省及於他人身上學習,她的堅毅成就了今天的她。
 
在討論環節,三位講者均認為,要追求理想必須付出時間和汗水,亦要不斷從錯誤中領會和持續學習。
 
校友分享會由校友事務處主辦,是次活動全場滿座。