Singer, songwriter and actor
With his latest EP, Edge of Days, Nathan Hartono, 30, reveals an artist who is not afraid to experiment and try something a little off-centre. I've always loved unpredictability and I feel like the idea of me has gone a little stale. I'm looking to shake it up a little, is how he puts it. Hartono debuted as a singer in 2005 and, in 2016, became the first Singaporean to make it to the finals of Chinese singing competition Sing! China. His powerhouse performances won him second place and new fans all over Asia, thrusting him into the spotlight. He was nominated as Most Popular Overseas Singer at the 2017 MTV Global Chinese Music Awards, was chosen to sing the theme song for the 2020 National Day Parade, and landed a clutch of high-profile partnerships with brands such as Amazon, Disney and the Singapore Tourism Board. I'm just liking myself more as a musician. I'm either getting better or more confident, or more delusional. I'm loving the journey though, he says wryly. I have plans to do a lot more within the music community to jump-start the arts scene. The last couple of years have left the industry quite fragmented, but it'll be fun to put those pieces back together in new and interesting configurations.
Race and Rhonda Wong
Prop Tech entrepreneurs
She used to be a pop star and now she's a real estate entrepreneur, so it's clear Race Wong doesn't believe in standard career paths. After a brief career as a Cantopop star and actress, she decided she wanted more control over her future. She studied for her master's degree in business and moved into buying, selling and developing property with her sister Rhonda. The siblings, who are both in their late 30s, quickly spotted a gap in the market for clear and transparent property services. In 2016, they launched property portal Ohmyhome. This integrated tech platform connects homeowners to home seekers for free and empowers property owners to buy, sell or rent, without relying on a real estate agent. Users can also tap on the platform's suite of agent services, documentation services and more for a fee. Since its launch, Ohmyhome has transacted over $1 billion worth of real estate, and now has more than 180,000 property listings in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. The sisters have their sights set on expanding globally, after raising US$5 million (roughly S$6.7 million) in Series A+ funding.
Photographer and digital content creator
Amiera Raushan lives by the motto I was created to create. She has amassed almost 17,000 Instagram followers-and a notable list of beauty and fashion clients-thanks to her joyful portraits, positive energy, and great eye for lighting and composition. Her work is characterised by sunny optimism and authenticity. When you want to be known for your style of work, you must always be yourself, she says. I'm a photographer and my work constantly evolves. Scouting for new locations, trying different angles or perspectives and playing with light... it all helps spur creativity and growth. She has also been on the other side of the camera and is proud of the fact that she's one of just a few girls in Singapore representing minorities as well as the only UK size 14 model in one of Love, Bonito's ad campaigns. For her, dressing up is yet another form of creative expression. Her ensembles are put together based on what captures her mood on the day and what sparks joy, not what conforms to trends. My wearable pieces of joy should always be on heavy rotation in my life-that's the ultimate rule, she adds. “I love being playful with my clothes, all day, every day. No one is to judge, really.
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