Top 10 Local Stars Who Had Surprising Jobs Before They Became Famous

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9. James Seah

What he learned: To appreciate what happens behind the scenes

Where he learned it: His internship at a digital media design company

At work, understanding what happens on the front end as well as the back, or in other departments, can give you a more nuanced understanding of your own job scope. While James spends most of his time in front of the camera nowadays, he appreciates how his studies and subsequent internship in digital media design helped him understand what goes on behind the scenes.

“After national service, this (acting) was my first job, but back when I was studying in polytechnic, I was doing digital media design, and I was specialising in 3D animation,” James said. “So I interned at a company that did 3D modeling and animation.”

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“I guess it’s more of understanding the production end of stuff. As an actor, you’re in front of the camera, but over there I learned skills and processes, and what happens behind the camera and what happens after you shoot. This gives me a clearer perspective and helps me understand things like camera angles.”

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