Hisyam Hamid’s Journey to Success: A Tale of Hard Work, Determination and Family

From fighting fires to lighting up the silver screen, the stars were aligned for actor Hisyam Hamid.

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The early morning call time of 7:00 AM is a familiar scene for Hisyam Hamid. Reminiscent of his days as a firefighter, the actor arrived half an hour earlier and exuded an air of serenity. Hisyam Hamid’s composed approach to his craft was evident from the get-go. But it was the way he carried himself – with a sense of inner calm and focus – that truly set him apart. It was clear that he understood the importance of being present in the moment, and that his professional success was the result of discipline.

Leaving his firefighting days behind, Hisyam Hamid took a leap of faith to pursue a full-time career in acting. However, his career came by pure chance when he was asked to audition by a fellow friend. Despite his shy and introverted nature, the actor decided to take a major step outside of his comfort zone and take a leap of faith. Little did he know that this one moment would change the course of his life forever.

“Giving up without trying is like surrendering before even going to war. If I could look back, I would tell myself not to be afraid. If chances come, whatever it is, give it a go. You never know unless you try.”

Driven by a desire to succeed, he made a bold decision to move to Malaysia in early 2014, where he believed he could find greater opportunities to hone his craft. His decision paid off, as he soon found himself landing prominent roles and making a name for himself in the industry while still being able to support his family at home. Making his debut in the TV drama series Cut Amirah in 2011, Hisyam Hamid knew that his true calling was in the world of entertainment.

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Hisyam Hamid’s experience as a firefighter has had a profound impact on his approach to acting. The values he learned in his previous profession, such as teamwork, punctuality, and a commitment to excellence, have carried over into his new career. Applying the same principles to the world of acting, he is known for being the hardest-working person in any room he enters.

When Hisyam Hamid is asked why he loves to act, his answer is simple yet profound. He says that there’s an indescribable feeling that comes with it—a feeling of being fully immersed in a character, a story, and a world that’s different from his own. But it’s not just about the process of acting itself. For him, it’s also about the final product—seeing the story come to life on screen and being able to share it with others.

This passion for acting is what drives him to work tirelessly, both on and off the set. He knows that every role is an opportunity to grow, learn, and connect with his audience in a meaningful way. When asked if he has any advice for aspiring actors, his words are simple yet powerful. He says that before embarking on a career in acting, it’s important to ask yourself why you’re here.

“What is your why? Are you interested in acting? Do you have a passion for it? If the answer is yes, then pursue it with all your heart and soul.”

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The road to success in the entertainment industry can be tough and full of challenges. As he shares his personal experiences of overcoming rejections, the actor sees it as a blessing in disguise. Rejection can be a valuable experience to help you grow and improve your resilience as an actor. Accept it, and don’t take it personally. Stay true to your passion and purpose, and you can overcome any obstacle that comes your way. “Never give up on your dreams, and keep working hard towards your goals.”

Never knowing what’s to come next, Hisyam Hamid’s preference for comfort and versatility is prominent. His natural sophistication is portrayed through his refined and timeless sense of style. Allowing him to effortlessly transition from on-set during the day to night events.

Balancing Career and Family: Navigating Life Away from Family

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It goes without saying that time spent on one thing is time taken away from another. This is the reality for this devoted family man and father of two beautiful kids. Hisyam Hamid’s commitment to his family extends beyond as he made the difficult decision to work in Malaysia while his family continue their lives in Singapore. The physical distance between them presents its own set of challenges, but it’s a sacrifice that he is willing to make to ensure that his family’s needs are met. That is why he has found ways to remain an integral part of his children’s lives, thanks to the aid of technology. From Facetime to messaging apps and other digital tools, he is able to maintain a strong presence in the daily routines of his wife and kids. His proud love and devotion always see him travelling back and forth for important milestones of their lives.

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As technology continues to play a more prominent role in our lives, Hisyam Hamid looks to adapt his career accordingly and take on more projects for online platforms this year. He shares that he is currently working on digital films, which prove to have their own set of learning curves. From the crew involved, the style of acting and the portrayal of characters, he continues to have new experiences allowing him to showcase a different side of his personality on screen.

As time goes by, Hisyam Hamid knows that it’s not easy to find the time to be present for his children, but he also knows that the little moments spent together are the ones that matter most. His message to other fathers is one of hope and encouragement – “to be proactive, to make time for family, and to cherish every moment spent together.”

“It’s the simplest things and littlest moments that go a long way. Remember time waits for no one, so it’s up to you to make time.”

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But it’s not just his message to fathers that resonates with us. Hisyam’s message to his children is equally heartfelt and inspiring. Sharing a message that we can all take to heart, no matter our stage in life, he says:

“Continue to work hard, try to make your loved ones proud and remember to always stay grounded and humble.”

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