Yoga Transformation: An Interview with True Yoga’s Ambassador – Russell Ong

  1. How do you balance between your current acting career and keeping fit? How often do you work out now?

I try to work out at least 5 times a week at True Fitness centres as they house a comprehensive range of equipment for both weight training and cardiovascular training; weekends are for rest. I believe that if you really want to do something, you’ll make time for it. If you don’t, you’ll make excuses.

  1. Was it daunting at first to switch from competitive swimming to an acting career? How did you overcome it?

It was daunting as I had to act alongside experienced and talented actors and I didn’t realise how difficult it would be. As with most new experiences, an open mind and positive attitude helped. I was also lucky to have great co-stars who helped me along the way.

  1. What are the differences in obstacles you faced as an ex-Team Singapore Swimming Captain and as an actor? How do you overcome these obstacles?

I knew what to expect as a swimmer, but was totally lost as an actor in the beginning. I knew what I needed to do to tackle those obstacles I faced in swimming but acting was a whole new world for me.

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  1. If you had the ability to travel back into time, would you still choose to go into competitive swimming, or dive straight into an acting career?

Without a doubt, swimming. It was and always will be my passion.

  1. What is a piece of advice you would like to tell our readers when it comes to chasing dreams and realising one’s inner potential?

It might not always be easy chasing your dreams and require you to go through things your peers might not, but stay the course. Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy.

  1. Where do you hope to see yourself in the near future?

In whatever I do, I see myself staying happy. That is what is important to me.

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