Unlike most artistes, Candy ‘Ice’ Lim is bold enough to be herself in public thanks to her years of experience in show business as a television personality, actress, model and singer. From humble beginnings in a children’s choir to hosting television shows and starring in a number of local drama series and films, this gorgeous lady has done it all.
Among her credits are local television series, namely Age Of Glory, The Iron Lady and Good Night DJ; Malaysian movies such as Ice Kacang Puppy Love and The Cycle Of Love; and even a few international flicks including Hong Kong action comedy I Love Wing Chun and Singaporean horror comedy Twisted.
She has also served as brand ambassador for Dr Joe Shigemoto and Coeur Esthetique and was even a contestant on the reality show I Wanna be a Model during its first season. For Candy’s fans though, it’s her trendy sense of fashion that makes her a diva worth watching as well as her active second life on social media. Here’s what Candy had to say about her rise to stardom and what it feels like behind the camera.
Having been in the entertainment business for so long, have you ever thought of switching to a different field?
I have been participating in beauty contests since I was seven so I feel like I’m a child star. Mom and dad trained me to sing on stage since childhood, so I don’t feel nervous singing in front of a crowd. Then I began to sing for temples.
When I was about 11 or 12, I became a member of a singing group of four. From what I recall, we were Ling Ling, Fang Fang, San San and myself, Bing Bing (Candy). Shortly thereafter, the group was reduced to only two members, Candy and Ling Ling. We were renamed Candy and Cherry at that time.
When I turned 15, I stopped singing and focused on dancing and I even had a dance studio at home. Then I began to learn dancing from my older schoolmate as well as a few others from another school. Later, I participated in a few small pageants at shopping malls. I was about 17 or 18 years old at that time and I won most of the contests that I entered throughout the year in many different places, but I couldn’t go for any more contests the following year.
When I Wanna be a Model started airing, I tried for it. I did not make it to the top three – I was eliminated quite early on – but I did get the chance to star in my first TV series Sky. I believe that since I was seven, the path I have walked was given by God. To tell the truth, if I’m not in this field anymore, I don’t know what I’d do. I’m not good in my studies, I don’t enjoy reading and I used to be a ‘bad girl’ in school! But I just love to perform. Whether it’s acting, singing or dancing, these are all performances I love.
Your career is quite impressive but still, do you ever worry that others won’t see your talents?
I’m not worried about what others think of me, the most important thing is how I see myself. It’s hard to show everyone that I am a very hardworking person or what sort of personality I have. So, what you see, that’s it. Anyway, my family and friends are aware of how much effort I have put into my performances and I believe that the audience too will know one day, because hard work is difficult to fake.
I also find it a pleasure to dress up nicely. Sometimes, even if I haven’t decided where to go for the day, I will still choose my outfit carefully, and then go out all dressed up. If I don’t have anywhere in particular to go to, I will call up my friend to hang out or go for dinner. I enjoy the feel of dressing up. It’s not necessary to dress up nicely, but you must be happy and comfortable with your dressing.
Since you are so fond of dressing up, have you ever thought of becoming a fashion stylist?
I have a friend who asked me for some fashion advice. Although I feel good dressing myself, and I don’t mind sharing my experiences, I don’t think I can teach others. I lack professional training as I do things based on how I feel. Also, everyone has a different sense of aesthetics. An example would be Lady Gaga; some call her flamboyant or exaggerated but others love her style. Her attitude is essentially, “As long as I can wear it, it’s fashion!” cs