He’s done it all, modeling, hosting a television show, performing as a musician, even acting. Billie Ogan, 45, explains his take on life and how he’s different from his stage persona.

I’ve been in love with music ever since I was three. When I was working as a teenage model, I did it to further my career in the entertainment business.

I will always respect P’Ter of GMM Grammy. He isn’t just a man who founded a record label. He has intellect and vision, and I knew that if I had a chance to work with him, I would be in great hands.

The Thai music industry relies too heavily on media exposure. There are lots of great artists in Thailand that just can’t find a channel to distribute their music. In places like the US or the UK, most record labels do not own the radio stations, and that allows musicians to have a better chance of getting their work out to the public. Here, it’s different because radio stations are often owned by networks connected to record labels; this presents obstacles to new musicians.

If I was born today, I probably wouldn’t be famous. My best selling albums were my second and third albums, more than 20 years ago. I don’t really know how I got so huge. Things are so much more competitive in today’s world.

I always have a Plan B. Whenever I do something, I always prepare myself for the “if” part, as in what if this happens, or what if this doesn’t work out. A lot of times people just go all in without thinking about the fact it might not work.

When I’m at home, I’m like an uncle; I’m only a rocker on the outside. I take off my shoes and relax. I don’t live glamorously. A lot of people think that just because I’m in the entertainment business I live luxuriously, which isn’t true.

I love to cook and would love to open a restaurant and cook for others, but cooking only for two people (my wife and I) costs a lot, so I don’t get to cook often.

I don’t like new clothes because I feel that wearing them makes me look like a dork. I love old, used t-shirts. They just fit your body better and look great. I also love used sneakers, I make an exception for leather shoes, but used sneakers just have a better shape than new ones.

As a television host, you give a shit about what people are going to see or how you’re going to look if the camera shoots you from a particular angle; it’s all about timing. But if you’re a musician, it’s completely different. Your voice is the most important thing, so you’ll think about what people are going to hear. You have lots of factors, lots of equipment to control—how to use or adjust them. In music, there’s a lot more going on and it’s all about the tempo.

I’m a sucker for 60s movies. When I’m not working, I love watching the MGM channel. They play these old movies and I’m just hooked. I love the movie stars from those times. Steve McQueen and Barbara Streisand are my favorites. They just don’t make movies like that today.

There just isn’t anything new in the Thai music industry. It hasn’t changed one bit. Of course, you see different things and get to meet different people, but it’s like the same movie with different casts.

If I could go back in time, I would want to be a doctor. Doctors are cool because they have amazing tools that they use to save lives. It’s like a one-of-a-kind profession. If you want to fly a plane, you could just use a flight simulator, but the high-technology equipment that doctors get to use are for doctors only.

I don’t care if people are posing as me on Facebook. There’re dozens of accounts using my name and none of them are me. I don’t use Facebook anymore and haven’t for a while. I don’t really pay much attention to social media.

We need to stop fighting and strive for global standards. We used to say that we should go global, but are we really trying or are we just going to be stuck with political crisis every year?
Our country’s leaders must be able to make the people happy and lead our country towards global standards.

I am thankful for everything that gave me a chance for new love. I’ve always believed in soul mates and that for a person to find their soul mate, their lives must have intertwined in their past lives.

It’s a great feeling to be able to make someone think about love again. This is what the film Ruk (An Ordinary Love Story) is about, which is why I decided to get involved.

I don’t know if I’m successful or not, who knows, only God. When I was younger, I loved the adrenaline rush of doing risky things, but as I grew up, I really started to realize that the world always introduces you to new things.

Originality lives in simplicity. Just keep things simple and not worry about success.

Life doesn’t always have to be exactly as you plan, that’s what makes life interesting. God always has a better plan for you.

My dream job is to open an American fast-food restaurant. It would be called Uncle Billie’s Steak House and would be on the highway on the way to Pattaya. There would be a picture of me on the restaurant sign wearing a bib with lights flashing just like in old Western movies. The kids would love it. I would serve steaks, burgers, fries, milkshakes, and have farm animals and magic shows. I’ve got it all planned out in my head; it would be a really fun place.


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