Edit: I added an MV to this post, so you can actually hear him singing one of his compositions, and acting too, since the MV features his character in the “Last Princess”.
So the previous lipsynching post was derived from an introduction from this post. I had stated I did not like actors turned singers, but this guy is one of the rarest exceptions in that category because his dream was to produce music since before he became an actor, and he’s paid quite a lot (literally) to make that happen. I’ve wanted to post on Yan Kuan since starting this site because he’s really, really under appreciated. At first his looks caught my eye (he’s like one of the best looking actors I’ve ever seen), and then it was his down-to-earth personality in interviews that I began to appreciate, as well as his acting. I was amazed when I learned he came out with an album he composed and wrote the lyrics for. So I saw this article, a great introduction to him and his career path, and idarklight was kind enough to translate it for me because I’m on “hiatus” of course.
After filming the “Music Assembly Line” program, Yan Kuan came to us to receive hotline calls. He’s very compliant toward his fans. Liu Tiange is the first one to call in. “Will you sing me a song? “Next Stop Prince.” Most singers wouldn’t agree, but Yan Kuan’s very considerate of his fans, “that’ one’s too high, how about if I sing “Love, actually”?” After singing, he asked, “How was it?” “Good, good, good.” The little girl was very happy. Luo Xiang used Yan Kuan as an elder brother and talked to him about his dissappointement in not getting into his dream college. Yan Kuan used himself as an example:” I applied for music school but didn’t get in. I got accepted to an acting school, but I was still able to release an album. Majors and colleges aren’t important. The important thing is what you learned from them.”
Doesn’t want to be an idol.
It’s not often that the word “pretty” can be used to describe men, but Yan Kuan’s one of those men. His face is a bit Western and looks great on screen, but Yan Kuan doesn’t feel like his face did that much good for him.”When people focus to much on your face, they’ll ignore your acting skills.” He said he has also been discriminated against because of his looks. “Some people might think you’re a threat to them. It’s pretty normal. I’m fine with it and don’t care that much.” When the reporter asked if other male actors have discriminated against him because he stole their screentime, Yan Kuan smiled: ” I can’t say.”
Not Just Singing on the Side
The reporter then asked him about leaving his previous company. Did he really lose over 10 million yuan? “Not that much, but not that less (note: from a previous article I read, I think it was about 8 million, which is a little over 1 million USD, insane for a supporting actor in China to pay)…we worked well, but I like singing. Originally, they said I could release 3 albums in 5 years, but then it became 2 albums, then 1. When I was halfway done, they asked me if I could give up the album. In the end, I had to leave them. Chasing after dreams will always require sacrifices.
Yan Kuan says that the money for his album came from his acting. He especially emphasized the fact that he’s not someone who’s just singing on the side. “I wrote all the songs on the album. Pu Shu, Cui Jian, they’re all my elders. I hope everyone will support original music.”
Edit: I realized if I wanted to pimp properly I should probably put one of his songs on here. This is the opening for The Last Princess, a series he was in and he composed and wrote lyrics for it like he does with all his music. So you get to see a bit of his acting as well. :D
He also did quite a few photoshoots one after the other recently after gaining some sucess through The Last Princess though he was only a supporting actor in that as well (will he never be the lead??? argh), and so these aren’t high quality photoshoots for any big name magazines, but they are pretty cool. I wish I had these in HQ. His facial features really seem like those of a model…sharp and well-defined. However, they probably are also the reason he doesn’t get lead oles, since he looks arrogant due to his eyebrows/high cheekbones, even though he really isn’t.