Shine Koh's advice to TNP New Face finalists? Having fun is key
With The New Paper New Face 2016 finals happening tomorrow, PHYLLIS LEE (email@example.com) speaks to four judges to find what makes a winner
The New Paper New Face alumna Shine Koh is returning to the finals - as a judge.
Four years ago, she was hesitant about joining the modelling contest because she felt she was not young enough. She was 23.
But she made it to the top 20 and realised the only limiting factor was herself.
Koh, 27, told The New Paper: "This competition made me realise the importance of pursuing my dreams, otherwise I would still be here wondering about how it could have been, would have been, should have been if I had joined New Face."
She recalled how she could not sleep the night before the finals in 2012 and only survived the competition on an adrenaline rush.
"I remember seeing my family and close friends supporting and shouting for me, and that itself is a very precious memory.
"Everything will pass by very quickly on the day itself, so just cherish and enjoy the moments while they last," she said.
The freelance actress recently took on another job, as a realtor.
She also started her own business this year, Yong Kee Seafood Fish Soup, which is in the midst of relocation.
Koh said she has always had an interest in the real estate industry.
She added: "I'm just pursuing my passion and dreams. If not now, then when?"
Koh will also be appearing in the Toggle series I Want To Be A Star, about a company of calefare (bit-role actors). She plays an assistant producer who abuses her authority.
The series, which stars Kym Ng, Chew Chor Meng, Shane Pow, Ya Hui and Dennis Chew, premieres next Monday, with new episodes every Monday.
Tomorrow at 7.30pm, Koh will sit on the panel of judges for the New Face 2016 finals at Marina Square.
She said: "I've been one of the contestants before, (so) it will be interesting to be on the other side now.
"I've spotted a few girls with really nice smiles and some with the X factor from the photos."
But at the finals, she will be looking out for more, including "stage presence, eye contact and confidence".
"Most importantly, they must enjoy their time on stage," she said.
Koh's bosom buddy of nine years, social media influencer and entrepreneur Melissa Celestine Koh, will be joining her as a judge.
Ms Koh started out in the finance industry in a bank, but left to pursue her fashion dreams.
The 27-year-old boasts 185,000 followers on Instagram, launched her own fashion label Run After last October and has even walked the runway for brands such as Maybelline, LadyGaga x Femmex and Colgate since her university days.
'BE CONFIDENT': Ms Celestine Koh said her runway experience will help her as a judge. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MELISSA CELESTINE KOH
This month, she will be heading to Fashion Week in New York and Paris for a work trip.
On being a part of New Face 2016, she told TNP: "I thought it'd be a good chance to discover young and upcoming local talent...
"Being on (runways) before can help me understand and empathise with what the girls are going through on stage or backstage."
Ms Koh also experiences pressure on stage, like "being afraid you'll trip, fall and embarrass yourself".
"Actually, just all the what ifs (are stressful)," she said.
She advised the girls to be themselves and show passion on stage and added: "If I could convey a message to them, I'd say, 'No pressure, just have fun!'"
VOTE FOR MISS POPULARITY
Voting for The New Paper New Face 2016 Miss Popularity is still on.
We've already received over 9,000 votes and you can visit www.tnp.sg/misspopularity2016 to vote for your favourites. Closing date is tomorrow at noon.
The winner of this subsidiary title pockets $1,000.
And at the finals tomorrow at 7.30pm at Marina Square, if you correctly guess who wins Miss Popularity, you'll stand a chance to win a one-night stay at Marina Mandarin worth $800.
The New Paper New Face 2016 is presented by Subaru MotorImage, with official fashion mall Marina Square and official make-up Cosmoprof Academy.
One of Singapore's most prestigious modelling competitions, The New Paper New Face is now in its 24th year.
They're looking for...
Other judges on The New Paper New Face 2016 panel include celebrity hairstylist and owner of Monsoon Group Addy Lee (top) and principal of Cosmoprof Academy Angie Soon (above).
Mr Lee, 45, is hoping to find future celebrities within this year's crop of finalists.
He hopes to find girls with qualities besides the looks and the walk.
"We usually get to see them backstage for a short time, and I want to see how they present themselves within those few seconds," he told TNP.
Ms Soon, 49, is looking for someone "with that special something, who stands out from the rest... the girl who shines among the pool of finalists".
Cosmoprof Academy will also be presenting the Miss Photogenic subsidiary title.
"For that, I'll look out for someone who will do well in photography and commercials," she said.