Today on our Hot Seat we have Simon Twu, a triple-threat bi-lingual/bi-cultural award winning actor and singer. Let’s have a chat with him.
Twist Online : First of all tell us about the start of your professional career.
Simon Twu : I have always wanted to become a professional musician, due to the testimony when I became a Christian when I was little. I almost signed with a couple of the top labels in Asia but then, but due to a career change with opportunities in movies and TV, I went through the Actor’s path. Many years later, after we are all stuck at home during this pandemic. I really had time to think what I wanted to do to help the community through my talents and training. So I wrote this song, We Will Win with my friend, Sanyee Yuan, wrote the lyrics with me, to bring hope to the people in need in this epidemic crisis.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Simon Twu : I used to be a scientist and inventor growing up, being raised in a family where everyone are doctors. It wasn’t until I started going to Church and learned through my testimony that I need to spread hope through social media and entertainment, so I can potentially be able to help even more people.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent release We Will Win! ?
Simon Twu : I got inspired by a phone call with my cousin who is also a doctor, who shared with me horrific stories on at the hospitals that I will never forget. The sacrifice of their lives for ours, the tragic situation where, they are under staffed, under equipped, without a cure or hope to fight on. These stories were heart breaking to hear, and I wanted to do something I can to help. So I wrote this song, in hopes to reach the people on the frontlines and fighting this battle and also to spread the awareness of protecting yourselves and others during these times.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
Simon Twu : So far we have been on different news, pod cast, radio stations in China, Taiwan, LA, and many more, and have received over hundreds of messages of thanks from the hospitals and other medical professions. But I know we can do better and let Hope reach even more lives throughout the world. So I am very thankful to be able to be apart of this interview and in hopes this song can be heard by even more audience around the world.
Twist Online : Simon a better singer or a better actor? Why?
Simon Twu : I think this goes hand in hand. I have been doing this for about 20 years and I’ve realized the more I learned that the better musician I become, the better actor I also become, because you just become more Human, and it all follows the rules of empathy, choices in life, and the roller coasters we go through in surviving it, and hopefully enjoying it. Like a leaf in the wind.
Twist Online : What’s the best part of being a music artist?
Simon Twu : The best part is that we get to stay true to ourselves. Because music only sparks in me when I have a strong honest emotions about something in life. At least for me it is.
Twist Online : Last year you featured on CCTV as Special Speaker/Cultural Bridge? Tell us about your experience?
Simon Twu : I love all types of cultures because I truly believe there are so much wisdom in all cultures and have been an activist of trying to help bridge that communication. I feel like friction is caused by misunderstandings, and having grown up going to 29+ different schools and traveling a lot all over the world, respecting different cultures became innate for me at a young age and a strong belief of mine. So it was a great experience to be invited to speak on behalf cross cultural leaders of Chinese and American Decent, help bridge different cultures together in hopes we would have more understanding and opportunities to learn from each other.
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
Simon Twu : Yes, I am currently working on my YouTube channel to share more positive projects to help the community, writing more music, and have 2 more movies that aren’t out yet, waiting to be released.