7 Local Talents Who Have Made It Big Internationally

#4 Royston Tan

As a filmmaker, he spent years documenting the texture of Singapore’s social and physical landscape, tackling issues from censorship to gangsterism. He has an impressive filmography, ranging from feature films to music videos. This is all accompanied by an equally awe-inspiring list of over 75 awards, bestowed by prestigious international film festivals. Sadly, for all his success, it seems like locals aren’t as familiar with his work, with there being very little online chatter about him. Here is a sample of his work, titled “36 ways to say good morning”, which encapsulates the perspectives of multiple Singaporeans from different walks of life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMXunREyN3c&feature=youtu.be

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#5 Jeremy Monteiro

A musician and educator, he spent years playing jazz in local clubs and international festivals. Jeremy is also the one who composed one of our favourite local songs, “One people, one nation, one Singapore”. With more than 40 solo albums, his work as a composer was recognized at the International Radio Festival of New York, and he also received the Cultural Medallion in 2002. Younger Singaporeans probably haven’t heard of him, but you can check him out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/jeramzee

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#6 Sim Wong Hoo

The founder of Creative Technology is known for being the brains behind the Super X-Fi, Sound Blaster Audio Card and ZEN portable music players. Some of us will also be familiar with the grey Chinese digital dictionary from Creative we were made to use throughout our primary and secondary school lives. Impressively, he became the youngest billionaire in Singapore at the age of 45, and was even ranked second as Asia’s businessman of the year in 2001. Earlier this year, Creative launched new headphone technology at an electronics show in Las Vegas, where it proceeded to win several awards from consumer technology media sites.

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