Teething problems on path to fame

Teething problems on path to fame
She dreams of being on the big screen
Miss Tan Yi Shiean, who would quit her 9 to 5 job if she gets her big break in modelling.

SINGAPORE - Miss Tan Yi Shiean wants to be a star.

She would like to be on the big screen, billboards, bus ads - the works.

Despite devoting two years to pursuing this goal, it hasn't quite worked out. She reckons that the only thing standing between her and her childhood dream is her misaligned teeth.

But Miss Tan is not discouraged.

The 25-year-old has spent about $8,500 on invisible braces and hopes to get the perfect smile by the end of this year.

The National University of Singapore graduate, who holds a degree in information systems, says: "I've always wanted to be a model - be it on the big screen, bus ads or billboards.

"But I never pursued it. When I graduated from university, I thought, 'If not now, then when?'"

So while her peers took on full-time corporate jobs upon graduation, Miss Tan, who is 1.7m tall and weighs 49kg, joined talent agency, The People Studio, in 2012.

The studio, which started in 2009, manages about 400 models and actors for projects such as TV commercials and fashion shows.

Operations manager at the studio, Mr Mark Tan, says that most of those who join are looking for new experiences and exposure.

"About 60 to 70 per cent of them adopt a pretty pragmatic attitude. They are keen to see where the opportunities in the industry take them, but don't usually bank on them as their rice bowl. "The remaining few are the dreamers who are really serious about making it big," he says.

Miss Tan clearly belongs to the second group of talent he manages.

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