Sep 20, 2012|
BK: Where did you first learn acrobatics?
In the second year of vocational school at Phranakhorn Academy of Business, where I was majoring in marketing, I took a five month internship program. I chose to go to Patravadi Theatre where I got the opportunity to study performing arts. Before that, I had been on the cheerleading team in my school, so I had some basic moves.
BK: How did you develop your own style?
Patravadi gave me a scolarship to study art, dancing, folk dance, ballet and classical and I performed in some of their Sunday plays. Acrobatics techniques are very Western, so I look to represent Thai culture and myself by incorporating all these things. My style is just me. I’ve learned so many things. Some are kind of like ballet, some are like Thai dance.
BK: Is it hard to make a living as an artist in Bangkok?
Some artists say it’s hard but these artists just shut themselves off. They might be open in their work but they don’t like television or doing anything mass. For me, I think being commercial in part of my work is OK. I always flip between work as art and commercial stuff for a living.
BK: Do you feel that some artists look down on you?
Some artists said, “You shouldn’t do Thailand’s Got Talent. It’s never going to work. You’ll never win. Thai people don’t open their minds to new things.” I have proved that Thai people aren’t that narrow-minded.
BK: Have you ever fallen during a performance?
I once fell on my head and had to go to the hospital. It was all bruised black and blue. But after 12 hours I just went back to work. I didn’t want to get anyone in trouble by having to cancel the show.
BK: What is the hardest part of your training?
The main problem has always been money. My parents are farmers, they’re not well-off. I had to work at Pizza Hut at Big C Ladprao to pay for my studies and I stayed in a dorm miles from school and my work.
BK: Do your parents support you?
They used to think it was just a short-term, unstable career. But now they see how it can work out for me.
BK: What’s next?
My dream is to be a theater director. I’m addicted to making performances a bit more extreme. But good art should be both entertaining and understandable.
BK: Where can we see you now?
I’ll do a concert with participants of Thailand’s Got Talent at the end of Oct and tour Korea at the end of this month. Then I’m off to Laos and Vietnam for an art festival. I’ll be back in Bangkok with my own creation in Feb.