For actor, Trey Ho, singing has always been an important part of his personal life and his career. Known for his numerous starring roles in local theatre productions and films including starring in numerous theatre productions including Paper Monkey Theatre’s 英雄之死 • Death of A Hero, local movie, Smell of Rain and most recently, Toy Factory Production’s hit musical, 唯一 • Innamorati, Trey is definitely a talent to watch. We catch up with him to find out more about life as an actor and his thoughts about lessons at the Loft.
1. Tell us more about yourself and how you got started in pursuing your interest in singing?
I am the founder of PLAYInc, a multifaceted show company, a father, a husband, and a recreational actor who takes his hobby too seriously. Singing has always been a secret passion that I had since my school days, but it was only very recently that I found a very good reason to pick up lessons from The Singing Loft – I landed a lead role in Innamorati, a mandarin musical by Toy Factory Productions that revolved around 7 young singers’ pursuit of their musical dreams. All was good except for one tiny glitch-the other 6 actors were all professional singers, except myself! I only had was a “singing diploma” vested upon me from my years of bathroom singing! I desperately needed help to improve my singing and so I found myself at the doorstep of The Singing Loft 🙂
2. How have been lessons useful to you, especially in your career as a theatre actor?
I’ve been involved in the theatre scene for awhile and have been doing mostly musicals. Thus, being able to sing has always been key in delivering a good performance in my line of work. Sherlyn, who understood my situation, had to customize a special training programme for me so that I could sound professional within a short three months in time for the debut of the musical!
3. Why is The Loft unlike any singing school you’ve come across?
My last experience in a “singing school” basically involved everyone taking turn to sing through a karaoke microphone, with the instructor singing his own favorite song to round off each lesson. On the other hand, lessons at The Loft were able to cater to my needs and were much more focused, with me learning something new each week, especially the singing techniques for musical theatre, which is very different from pop singing that is typically taught at singing schools.
4. Why is singing so important to you?
I wish I was standing at 1.8m with high cheek bones and a sharp nose. Sadly, I do not have such physical attributes. Thus, as a performer, I can only charm my audience with my singing and performance!
5. What would you say to others who love singing but haven’t begun pursuing their interests?
Singing, just like many other skills, requires proper techniques. Having a voice and being able to hold a note does not necessarily make you a singer, so you will need to hone your skill and learn the techniques behind singing well.