Monday, August 3, 2020

She sells her body for a living

Source Website: https://www.asiaone.com/lifestyle/she-sells-her-body-living
By Seow Kai Lun, kailun@asiaone.com, AsiaOne, 31 July 2020 at 05:00 pm


PHOTO: Grace Teo, 張嘉軒 Zhāng jiā xuān, stunt actress, stretching is a must before any stunt sequence.
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If you watch the recent Mediacorp show, A Quest to Heal, whenever you see a scene of actress Carrie Wong's character flying in the air and spinning around, it may not be the actress herself you are seeing on screen.

Instead, the person you are looking at might be stunt actress Grace Teo, 張嘉軒 Zhāng jiā xuān.

The 28-year-old is one of the few females in the local media scene who stands in for actresses (and sometimes actors) when there's a scene that requires physical skills.



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And you would never have guessed that she engages in such physical activity on a regular basis. Rolling, falling, being slammed against the wall, and breaking tables as she falls are all in the day's work for her on set.

Growing up, Grace never thought that flying around in a harness would be all in a day's work for her.



PHOTO: Grace in MediaCorp show, A Quest To Heal
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She did, however, have dreams of being an actress, and this was how she ended up in the Lasalle College of the Arts. It was here that she was exposed to stunt work during one of her course modules.

Her Wushu and Aikido training from her younger days helped her pick up doing stunts fast. "I thought, wow, this is very cool, so I thought I might as well just have fun with it."

Little did she know that this would open the doors to the career she is pursuing today.

Starting out in stunts
Her official induction into the production happened by chance though. One of her classmates was acting alongside actor Sunny Pang, who is the founder of the stunt team, Ronin Action Group, and mentioned that he knew a girl who could do stunts. "I had a meeting with Sunny and that was the start of it all," she shared.

A few months after joining the group for their training sessions in 2015, she got her first paying job in the movie Siew Lup by Sam Loh.

It wasn't to show off her fighting skills though. "I was a stunt double who needed to know how to get 'abused', fall safely and get thrown on a table," said Grace. "For a day's work, the pay was not that bad. Definitely higher than what newbie actors would get."

Most local productions in Singapore don't require stunts that are too extreme. And for her group, they usually let her know which stunts a job would require before she agrees to it. "Sunny will ask, this one requires body slamming. Are you okay with it?"



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She also makes it a point to inform her family about the stunts that she takes on. As her parents learnt Aikido alongside her, they trust that she knows what she is doing and that she knows what her limits are.

Her job is not without its own hazards though. Once, while doing a rehearsal for a stunt, Grace was slammed against a wall and suffered from whiplash. She had to be taken to the hospital immediately.

It took her six months to fully recover and the spunky stunt actress headed right back into stunt work.

I'm not that fearless
When people hear that she does stunts, they assume that she's very chor lor (uncouth) and is not afraid of anything. "I'm quite scared of cockroaches," Grace quipped.

Heights is another fear that she has, rather ironic for a stuntwoman. But as it's part and parcel of the job, she takes it on like a professional.

And when she takes on jobs with other groups, she doesn't always fully know what the stunt will involve, and one time it required her to jump off a four-storey building (with a harness, of course).

"The first try was really a leap of faith, but subsequently, once I got the hang of it, I thought, actually it's quite safe, and then it became something fun to do." That said, she will still hesitate to do it again.



PHOTO: Some of the protective equipment used while performing stunts
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Other stunts that are a no go for her, are rolling down the stairs, as she has a lower back injury, as well as car stunts, especially those that might have direct contact with a car. Though there is protective gear provided and safety precautions taken with every stunt, she'll rather not take the risk.

Keeping stunt skills sharp
Not all stunts are that physical though, and it can be as simple as falling on your back. But doing that takes skills and it's not as safe as one may think. "Doing these [moves] can actually break your bones. Knowing how to fall safely is very important."

When her group meets, they do a variety of training, everything from knife work and gun handling to fight scene choreography and how to be thrown about.



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Interestingly, though people may think that those doing stunts need to be physically fit, Grace debunks that immediately. "You see stunt people with bellies as well, but they are skilled in their moves," she shared, citing Sammo Hung as an example of an actor who does stunts and fight scenes skilfully, something you may not have guessed if you just judged him based on his appearance. 

The actress that she looks up to is fellow Malaysian Michelle Yeoh. "She's a good example of a good actress who is able to do her own stunts, which is very admirable."

Her dream to meet the actress came true a few years ago, thanks to a friend. She recalls being absolutely star-struck but she "still managed to utter out a question".


PHOTO: Working out a knife fight sequence
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For now, Grace's calling card of being an actress who can also do stunts has helped her carve a niche in the industry and clinched her acting jobs. "They know that I have an acting background and my selling point is that I can fight. For one of the roles, I was cast as an MMA fighter. As it was rather heavy in stunts, they took it as one of their considerations, and I got the job."

She does want to expand her acting portfolio though and had the chance to do it recently. "When they called, they said, 'Grace, I know you fight, but are you okay to act in a different type of role?' I said yes immediately. It was great to try something different and I hope I get more chances."

As stunt jobs don't come by every day, Grace does hold a full-time job to pay the rent and her boss allows her to take on acting and stunt jobs whenever they come her way.


PHOTO: For now, Grace's calling card of being an actress who can also do stunts has helped her carve a niche in the industry and clinched her acting jobs. As stunt jobs don't come by every day, Grace does hold a full-time job to pay the rent and her boss allows her to take on acting and stunt jobs whenever they come her way.
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This is the case of most stunt performers as the income from stunts alone is insufficient and unsustainable, not to mention the high risk it carries.

She does have a role that she's looking forward to — she's been cast in Ranjeet Marwa's upcoming flick, Blood Rush. Her Ronin Action Group boss Sunny set up a meeting with the director, and thereafter, a role was written into the script just for her, something she's very grateful for.



The income of most stunt performers from stunts alone is insufficient and unsustainable
The income of most stunt performers from stunts alone is insufficient and unsustainable
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However, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, filming that was supposed to start in June has been pushed back to next year.

For those who aspire to perhaps be the next big action star in Asia, she advises first picking up a martial art and watch action shows. Joining one of the stunt groups is also another route to learning how to do stunts. "We hold workshops and join us for one of those. And from there, if you are ready, you could become one of us."


For those who aspire to perhaps be the next big action star in Asia, she advises first picking up a martial art and watch action shows.
For those who aspire to perhaps be the next big action star in Asia, she advises first picking up a martial art and watch action shows.
PHOTO: For those who aspire to perhaps be the next big action star in Asia, she advises first picking up a martial art and watch action shows. Joining one of the stunt groups is also another route to learning how to do stunts.
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'Virus! Virus!': Nurse mocked, shamed and sprayed with disinfectant by neighbours daily, posted on Wednesday, 20 May 2020'Virus! Virus!': Nurse mocked, shamed and sprayed with disinfectant by neighbours daily, posted on Wednesday, 20 May 2020
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Singapore's newest 4-legged safe distancing ambassador gives us Black Mirror vibes, posted on Friday, 15 May 2020
Singapore's newest 4-legged safe distancing ambassador gives us Black Mirror vibes, posted on Friday, 15 May 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/05/singapores-newest-4-legged-safe.html



Banksy's superhero tribute to nurses, posted on Sunday, 10 May 2020
Banksy's superhero tribute to nurses, posted on Sunday, 10 May 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/05/banksys-superhero-tribute-to-nurses.html



Doxxed CEO wrongly identified as 'sovereign' woman thanks supporters, posted on Saturday, 09 May 2020
Doxxed CEO wrongly identified as 'sovereign' woman thanks supporters, posted on Saturday, 09 May 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/05/doxxed-ceo-wrongly-identified-as.html



CoronaVillains: Handy comic helps spot COVID-19 troublemakers, posted on Friday, 08 May 2020
CoronaVillains: Handy comic helps spot COVID-19 troublemakers, posted on Friday, 08 May 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/05/coronavillains-handy-comic-helps-spot.html


'Sovereign' woman filmed not wearing mask at Shunfu market caught again in viral videos, posted on Tuesday, 05 May 2020
'Sovereign' woman filmed not wearing mask at Shunfu market caught again in viral videos, posted on Tuesday, 05 May 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/05/sovereign-woman-filmed-not-wearing-mask.html


NUS student who had Covid-19 feared hugging parents after recovering, posted on Thursday, 30 April 2020 

NUS student who had Covid-19 feared hugging parents after recovering, posted on Thursday, 30 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/nus-student-who-had-covid-19-feared.html



Workers disrupted by Covid-19 become safe distancing ambassadors, posted on Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Workers disrupted by Covid-19 become safe distancing ambassadors, posted on Wednesday, 29 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/workers-disrupted-by-covid-19-become.html


  This made my day: Bus captain's wacky mask delights passengers during CB, posted on Monday, 27 April 2020
This made my day: Bus captain's wacky mask delights passengers during CB, posted on Monday, 27 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/this-made-my-day-bus-captains-wacky.html


 
COVID-19 and Spiritual Health Check, posted on Sunday, April 26, 2020
COVID-19 and Spiritual Health Check, posted on Sunday, April 26, 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/covid-19-and-spiritual-health-check.html

 

Talking may be as dangerous as sneezing in virus spread, posted on Thursday, 23 April 2020
Talking may be as dangerous as sneezing in virus spread, posted on Thursday, 23 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/talking-may-be-as-dangerous-as-sneezing.html



Singaporean student and friend hurt in racist attack in Melbourne, posted on Monday, 20 April 2020
Singaporean student and friend hurt in racist attack in Melbourne, posted on Monday, 20 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/singaporean-student-and-friend-hurt-in.html


Foyce Le Xuan (乐轩 Lè xuān), Jack Neo accuser, somehow predicting Covid-19 numbers quite accurately, posted on Sunday, 19 April 2020
Foyce Le Xuan (乐轩 Lè xuān), Jack Neo accuser, somehow predicting Covid-19 numbers quite accurately, posted on Sunday, 19 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/foyce-le-xuan-le-xuan-jack-neo-accuser.html

 

'I felt like an ugly duckling', posted on Wednesday, 28 October 2015

'I felt like an ugly duckling', posted on Wednesday, 28 October 2015
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2015/10/i-felt-like-ugly-duckling.html


Woman orders $100 worth of food for foreign workers stuck in Punggol dormitory. Here's how you can help others like them, posted on Saturday, 18 April 2020

Woman orders $100 worth of food for foreign workers stuck in Punggol dormitory. Here's how you can help others like them, posted on Saturday, 18 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/woman-orders-100-worth-of-food-for.html


Our 'Circuit Breaker' tripped due to the sudden surge of Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection in our country.
Couple seen kissing at Upper Boon Keng Rd fined $300 each for breaching safe distancing measures, posted on Thursday, 16 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/couple-seen-kissing-at-upper-boon-keng.html

 

Ong Ye Kung's reassurance that missing graduation ceremonies is okay sparks unhappiness among graduates, posted on Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Ong Ye Kung's reassurance that missing graduation ceremonies is okay sparks unhappiness among graduates, posted on Wednesday, 15 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/ong-ye-kungs-reassurance-that-missing.html

 

Peaceful Animal Crossing: New Horizons works a treat during these turbulent times, posted on Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Peaceful Animal Crossing: New Horizons works a treat during these turbulent times, posted on Tuesday, 14 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/peaceful-animal-crossing-new-horizons.html


Surgical mask, paper towel mask or cloth mask? Japanese professor tests which is most effective against Covid-19, posted on Monday, 13 April 2020
Surgical mask, paper towel mask or cloth mask? Japanese professor tests which is most effective against Covid-19, posted on Monday, 13 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/surgical-mask-paper-towel-mask-or-cloth.html


A Coronavirus Prayer, posted on Monday, 13 April 2020
A Coronavirus Prayer, posted on Monday, 13 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/a-coronavirus-prayer.html

 

Hulk Hogan says no need for coronavirus vaccine because Jesus is what matters, posted on Sunday, 12 April 2020
Hulk Hogan says no need for coronavirus vaccine because Jesus is what matters, posted on Sunday, 12 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/hulk-hogan-says-no-need-for-coronavirus.html



Covid-19 circuit breaker measures: What you can and cannot do for the next one month, posted on Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Covid-19 circuit breaker measures: What you can and cannot do for the next one month, posted on Tuesday, 07 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/covid-19-circuit-breaker-measures-what.html

 

Thousands of people queue to get S$500 financial aid at social service offices and CCs as applications open, posted on Friday, 03 April  2020
Thousands of people queue to get S$500 financial aid at social service offices and CCs as applications open, posted on Friday, 03 April  2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/thousands-of-people-queue-to-get-s500.html

 

Covid-19 could take toll on people's mental health, say experts, posted on Thursday, 02 April 2020
Covid-19 could take toll on people's mental health, say experts, posted on Thursday, 02 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/covid-19-could-take-toll-on-peoples.html



Why are there so few coronavirus infections in Singapore's health workers?, posted on Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Why are there so few coronavirus infections in Singapore's health workers?, posted on Wednesday, 01 April 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/04/why-are-there-so-few-coronavirus.html

 

Siblings Lucas Low, four; and Hayley Low, eight; clapping in appreciation of Covid-19 frontline workers, at Cantonment Road on March 30, 2020.
Singapore gives coronavirus frontliners a round of applause, posted on Tuesday, 31 March 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/03/singapore-gives-coronavirus-frontliners.html

 

Staff at Alexandra Hospital explain urgent need to adapt amid Covid-19, posted on Monday, 30 March 2020
Staff at Alexandra Hospital explain urgent need to adapt amid Covid-19, posted on Monday, 30 March 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/03/staff-at-alexandra-hospital-explain.html

 

Coronavirus: China marks major milestone with zero domestic infections, posted on Saturday, 21 March 2020
Coronavirus: China marks major milestone with zero domestic infections, posted on Saturday, 21 March 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/03/coronavirus-china-marks-major-milestone.html

 

Japan trip disrupted? View Gardens’ cherry blossom, posted on Thursday, 12 March 2020
Japan trip disrupted? View Gardens’ cherry blossom, posted on Thursday, 12 March 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/03/japan-trip-disrupted-view-gardens.html

 

Nowadays go zouk need to wear mask.
Women wear surgical masks to party at Zouk, shows that life goes on, posted on Saturday, 07 March 2020


The difference between the cold and the flu, posted on Friday, 28 February 2020

The difference between the cold and the flu, posted on Friday, 28 February 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-difference-between-cold-and-flu.html


900 Carousell users join movement to give away free masks and supplies, posted on Friday, 28 February 2020
900 Carousell users join movement to give away free masks and supplies, posted on Friday, 28 February 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/900-carousell-users-join-movement-to.html


'Nobody knows I work in healthcare': SGH visitor registration staff shares what it's like to work at the frontline, posted on Wednesday, 26 February 2020


'Nobody knows I work in healthcare': SGH visitor registration staff shares what it's like to work at the frontline, posted on Wednesday, 26 February 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/nobody-knows-i-work-in-healthcare-sgh.html

 
S-hook lady gets real on how Singaporeans are reacting to coronavirus outbreak, posted on Tuesday, 25 February 2020
S-hook lady gets real on how Singaporeans are reacting to coronavirus outbreak, posted on Tuesday, 25 February 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/s-hook-lady-gets-real-on-how.html



Lerine Yeo flaunted 'big burden', posted on Sunday, 07 October 2018
Lerine Yeo flaunted 'big burden', posted on Sunday, 07 October 2018
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2018/10/lerine-yeo-flaunted-big-burden.html



 It started on Sept 21 when someone posted a video of you promoting a top with metal rings as sort of a wearable rack where you can use S-hooks to hang umbrellas, ez-link cards, wanton mee
I'll never eat luncheon meat again thanks to S-hook lady posted on Monday, 01 October 2018
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2018/10/ill-never-eat-luncheon-meat-again.html



Singapore's most famous auntie, Liang Ximei, has returned, and this time 'round, she's declaring war on coronavirus.
Singapore's most famous auntie declares war on coronavirus with song, posted on Friday, 21 February 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/singapores-most-famous-auntie-declares.html

 

So, what do the stories of people shunning our healthcare workers say about us as a country?
Opinion: I have seen nurses abused and it must stop, posted on Saturday, February 15, 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/opinion-i-have-seen-nurses-abused-and.html



Diary of a coronavirus survivor: Wuhan nurse claims she recovered from virus at home, posted on Friday, 14 February 2020
Diary of a coronavirus survivor: Wuhan nurse claims she recovered from virus at home, posted on Friday, 14 February 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/diary-of-coronavirus-survivor-wuhan.html



Support healthcare workers, don't shun them: Gan Kim Yong, posted on Thursday, 13 February 2020
Support healthcare workers, don't shun them: Gan Kim Yong, posted on Thursday, 13 February 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/support-healthcare-workers-dont-shun.html



Amidst depressing reports of grocery hoarding and discrimination against healthcare workers, one Singapore dad and his two young daughters are showcasing that kindness still exists.
This made my day: 2 girls deliver comfort food to cheer hospital staff on, posted on Wednesday, 12 February 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/this-made-my-day-2-girls-deliver.html



Climate, immunity, incompetence? Indonesia's zero recorded coronavirus cases raise questions, posted on Monday, 10 February 2020
Climate, immunity, incompetence? Indonesia's zero recorded coronavirus cases raise questions, posted on Monday, 10 February 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/climate-immunity-incompetence.html



This made my day: Woman gives out ginger tea with surgical masks – and other kind acts during virus outbreak, posted on Tuesday, 04 February 2020
This made my day: Woman gives out ginger tea with surgical masks – and other kind acts during virus outbreak, posted on Tuesday, 04 February 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/this-made-my-day-woman-gives-out-ginger.html



'Singapore’s response to virus is testament to resilient society', posted on Monday, 03 February 2020
'Singapore’s response to virus is testament to resilient society', posted on Monday, 03 February 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/02/singapores-response-to-virus-is.html



Public should use surgical masks, not N95 masks, to guard against Wuhan virus spread: Experts , posted on Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Public should use surgical masks, not N95 masks, to guard against Wuhan virus spread: Experts , posted on Wednesday, 29 January 2020
https://veryfatoldman.blogspot.com/2020/01/public-should-use-surgical-masks-not.html




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