'I cherish the artistic life'
- Amy Chan
By Emily Hui
Out of curiosity, Amy Chan joined an
artist training programme after Form 5
graduation in 1978. She was an actress
from 1979 to 1982, and devoted a few
years to a singing career. Later, she gave
up everything to become a housewife.
She returned to acting again in 1990,
but was not very active in showbiz.
Nevertheless, every series she acts wins
her praise and approval from audiences.
The recently finished series "A Better
Future" has caused her career to peak.

Q: What caused you to re-enter this field?
A: After being a housewife for 3 years, I found myself "functionless" without work. While I was planning to run a flower shop and faced many obstacles, TVB approached me.

Q: What are the differences in being a singer now as compared with the past?
A: In the past, singers paid more attention to singing. Now, packaging, promotions and images have become more important.

Q: How do you feel about the rebirth of your career?
A: I feel happy and will treasure it, since it is the fruit of hard work and good luck.

Q: If you were no longer an artist, what do you think you would be doing now?
A:Perhaps I would run some simple business such as a flower shop or a real estate agency.

Q: If you had plenty of money, do you think you would continue to do what you are doing now?
A: Yes, I cherish the artistic life. I enjoy acting and singing.

Q: If one day, you find that no one in the street can recognized you, how would you feel?
A: From an artist's point of view, no public recognition means failure. On the other hand, I would be free and comfortable. This is the gain and loss of being an artist.

Q: Is there any wish or hope that you have not yet fulfilled?
A: No, I don't have any dreams. My greatest hope is to live happily every day, and I find myself quite happy now.

Q: How would you rank career, family, money and freedom in order of importance?
A: Family, freedom, career - and then money.

November 1996

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