All work and no play for Twins
Life has been non-stop work since Canto-pop duo Twins teamed up four years ago.
Gillian Chung Yan-tung and Charlene Choi Cheuk-yin were in Beijing recently to announce their concert in the capital on October 22. Their schedules are so packed that they may not have time to prepare for the gig, which is the last leg of a world tour.
'We have loads of work to do before the Beijing concert,' said Chung, 24. 'We may not have too many opportunities to practise.'
The group, who released their debut Mando-pop album earlier this year, want to stage concerts on the mainland, despite having a repertoire of only 10 Putonghua songs.
'We were worried in the beginning,' said Choi, 22. 'But after discussing it with our company, we think it should be all right since our fans [on the mainland] are familiar with our Cantonese songs and they've been following us since day one.'
Although their lives have been so hectic that they haven't had time for a break, they don't regret working in the industry.
'I'm still young, and will earn and save more money for the future and, what's more important, improve my family's living,' said Choi. 'I love my job right now. This is my first job. I've never thought about giving up.'
The duo said that, if they weren't entertainers, they might have been struggling to find a career. 'I was confused when I first joined the industry,' Choi said. 'I was young and didn't have any working experience. I was like a piece of white paper. I didn't know anything. I didn't know what I liked to do and what my aim was until I met my manager, who asked me to join the industry.'
Chung (right, with Choi, far right) said she had no idea what she wanted to do when she was at school.
'After I joined the industry, a lot of people were teaching me a lot of things and arranging work for me,' she said.
'I feel that my life is really fulfilled, and that I have the chance to learn so many different things.'