Having been through training for children in theatre, Jean started acting in Mediacorp at the age of six after a successful audition. She got bombed to death in "The Price of Peace (1997)", breaking the hearts of her kindergarten classmates, who held her face and wept the when they saw her the next day because they thought she died for real. She also died after stepping on a rusty nail in "Stepping Out (1999)". As she grew older, she hosted in mandarin children-oriented shows such as "What's Up" and "Kids@World" by Oak3 Films, where she got to play many whacky characters e.g. grumpy granny, geek girl with centre-parting hair and bad teeth, annoying aunty with squeaky voice etc. (she thinks it's all an excuse for the crew to take revenge on her for being such a bratty child)
Some people may recognise Jean as CHIJ uniform-clad Sumin, her first short film lead role, in The Autograph Book by Wee Li Lin. The short film won the "Special Achievement Award" in the Singapore International Film Festival and the "Certificate of Excellence" in the Chicago International Children's Film Festival and is often screened at random places, like that time when Jean sat in a short film collections screening at the Singapore Arts Museum and then The Autograph Book came on screen and she almost spilled her drink.
Besides acting, Jean sings and writes songs. Being born into a family of performers, Jean was brought into the children's choir in church at a young age. Her first large-scale singing performance was held at the Indoor Stadium, where she sang alone on stage to an audience of 6,000 at 7 years old. Jean picked up mandarin pop music when she discovered A*Mei at the age of 9 and spent her childhood performing and making appearances at community events with her mother, Xia Hui, who mentored her.
As a teenager, Jean spent her free time writing songs and posting videos of her singing on YouTube. She participated in performances to raise funds under the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. In 2010, Jean was invited to be a part of nEbO, the junior membership arm of the Labour Movement for youths aged 12-25 and was actively performed at nEbO and NTUC events involving ministers and overseas ambassadors at places like Gardens By the Bay and Zouk. She was awarded the EXCEL Award at the Spirit of Youth Awards 2012 and 2013 as well as the Best Vocalist Award at the Spirit of Youth Awards 2014. In 2016, Jean emerged as Champion for Starhub's online singing competition, Hear Me Sing. She was also a part of Noise Singapore's Music Mentorship programme and was mentored by Sara Wee of 53A.
In 2017, Jean was one of two backing vocalists in Sing•浪 Concert, headed by Fang Dong Kai and Goh Kheng Long, featuring local musicians such as Alfred Sim, Tay Kewei, and Gentlebones. She also shared the stage with Jacky Cheung in July at Harbin for the Jacky Cheung Classic World Tour. Jean is also 1/5 of an a cappella band - The Apex Project. Within over a year of forming, The Apex Project clinched the Champion title and Best Vocal Percussionist Award at the Singapore Acappella Championship 2016, the Jury's Special Prize in the Vocal Asia Festival 2016 held in Taiwan, and 2nd Prize as well as Best Stage Presentation Award at the 2017 Shanghai Acappella Festival and Jury's Special Prize in Vocal Asia Festival 2017 held in Hong Kong. This year, The Apex Project will be touring in Hong Kong, sharing the stage with international acappella groups like The Nor'easters.
Behind-the-scenes, Jean loves writing, taking photos, eating, and realising that she's too goofy to be cool. She obtained her BFA in Creative Producing in Chapman University Singapore in 2014, and hopes to pursue her dreams of creating stories worth telling.
Film & TV Credits
1997 - TV Series, 小花, 和平的代价 The Price of Peace, Mediacorp
1999 - TV Series, 团圆 / 团乐, 出路 Stepping Out, Mediacorp
2000 - TV Series, 开美, 琼园咖啡香 Hainan Kopi Tales, Mediacorp
2004 - Short Film, Sumin, The Autograph Book, Wee Li Lin
2007 - TV Series, 刘西施, 萤火虫的梦, Let It Shine, Mediacorp
2016 - Short Film, Jean, 爱 存在 Love Exists, Temasek 20/20
2016 - Short Film, Jean, Treble Clef, Temasek 20/20
2016 - Short Film, Wendy, Sweet Bloom of Night Time Flowers, Rifyal Giffari
2017 - Short Film, Zoe, A + Z, Jedidah Neo
2017 - Web Series, Alexis, Overnight Celebrity, Tree Potatoes
2017 - Short Film, Eve, Sugar, Jedidah Neo
2018 - Feature Film, Hannah, The Block, Leonard Yip (Coming soon)