Ernest Loh

Commercial Model & Content Creator

Trained in interior design and interior architecture, Ernest has over the years extended his interest and expertise to various other creative disciplines including branding, creative direction, content creation and concept development. In 2017, Ernest was enlisted to star as one of 12 contestants in AXN’s The Apartment: Rising Stars Edition, the fifth season of the interior design reality show competition The Apartment. Today, he is most recognised as a commercial model and budding Vlogger, documenting his experiences and discoveries on various online platforms and social media, while offering to collaborate with any like-minded individual or organisation. Of late, the charming has also ventured into acting, with a cameo role in Crazy Rich Asians.

We speak about his passion, life experiences and what defines a modern gentleman in this 2018 interview.

What are some of the things that you are passionate about?

Mostly is doing creative work, and work where I know my end game well. Because it matches who I am, because you have that clarity, that gives you the crazy amount of work ethic that comes with the passion to pursue that.

How important it is for you to achieve the lifestyle that you want?

It’s very important. Because for me, achieving a bad lifestyle means having bad fulfillment. Not just material wealth, because I think the people that I love around me deserves nothing less than the best version of me. To me, its crazy important to get there, and I think that is the real win.

How would you describe success?

Fulfilment, and it comes in different forms to different people. It starts with figuring yourself out. I feel that I’m still constantly growing, I’m still not exactly where I want to be. But on a day to day basis, I try to maximise my 24 hours. It’s not always easy to do. You keep going until you perfect it.

What does it mean to be a gentleman?

For me, I think what defines the gentleman of today is confidence and the charisma, it comes from having fulfilment and awareness that what he does has a great impact on society, and somehow you’re able to build your self-esteem and career around that. For me, being a gentleman is that you have the confidence in doing your craft well. That to me, is what a gentleman is.

What is the ultimate experience for you?

I think the experience that would define me comes with a lot of resistance. It’s often something that’s always amazing, and then me taking that thing for granted [laughs]. And then epic fail [laughs].That’s when you realise you have to put in your heart and soul. You need both polarities, you cannot go extreme on one side, and not have empathy on how others feel. Life is always a roller coaster. So the idea is that once you understand both, and in the future when good things come, you’ll appreciate it more. That goes a long way.

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