They say that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and Lim Mei Fen can attest to this. Born and bred in Penang, she decided to pursue her studies in theatre and arts in California, USA, at the age of 17.
However, after one semester, things didn’t go as planned and she had to return home. It wasn’t until she pursued a three-year course at Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (Aswara) in Kuala Lumpur that she found herself transform. “The love I received from my multiracial friends triggered my love for this country and I’m now determined to share more stories about the bond that we have as Malaysians. I’m a Malaysian Chinese but my soul is Malaysian,” she explains.
Mei Fen says that she has always loved telling stories and used to be the lead whenever her school organised children’s day performances and campfi re night shows where she’d volunteer to write scripts, direct and act. “The passion in storytelling has been in me since I was in primary school but I never thought that I’d end up picking up acting as a profession,” she says.
Before she became an actress, Mei Fen made her debut on 8TV’s talent search programme, I Wanna Be A Model in 2006. She also appeared on NTV7’s game show, Deal or No Deal for two years from 2007. In 2013, she starred in Malaysia’s first reality movie, The Cage together with award-winning actress, Yeo Yann Yann.
“That’s how my career as an actress started. I wrote, produced and acted in last year’s Merdeka production entitled Tanah Akhirku. Pitching the idea and story wasn’t that hard but to get sponsors and support was tough,” she shares. “I chose to not give up halfway and pulled through because the theme revolved around the love and unity of a nation. My proudest moment was when our PM and his wife showed up to watch the show at Istana Budaya.”
Mei Fen is currently involved in a few international films and drama production as a line producer and hopes to produce a movie about Malacca’s historical figure, princess Hang Li Po. “I don’t know how long it’ll take me to achieve this dream but despite family pressure and personal dilemmas, I’ll keep going and I won’t give up!” she exclaims.
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