SINGAPORE - Actress Jeanette Aw, 38, is leaving her long-time talent agency Hype Records-Artiste Network to be her own agent.
Speaking to The Straits Times, she says: "This decision not to renew my contract with Hype and Mediacorp has been a thought I've had for quite some time. I guess at times I feel like I've hit a plateau in my career and I need new challenges. And believe it or not, I believe that when the right moment comes, you will know when it is time to move on."
The Channel 8 leading lady is leaving at the height of her career, after winning her first Best Actress award at last year's Star Awards for her role in the showbiz drama The Dream Makers 2 as Zhao Fei Er, a top TV actress who falls into depression.
She says: "I will have more freedom with scheduling my time and picking the right scripts as they come along. I am definitely open to drama proposals and open to opportunities overseas."
The actress has also been busy with behind-the-scenes responsibilities. She has been working on a short film titled The Last Entry, inspired by her godmother's struggles with Alzheimer's disease.
The 15-minute Mandarin short, which she wrote, directed and acted in, is in post production.
She says: "I'm excited about it, and have plans to enter this short at festivals and competitions.
"My company Picturesque Films was established in 2012. That was when I already had plans to do my own film. Many times during interviews, I would also share this dream to move behind the scenes. I do mean the things I say and it's just a matter of time that I pursue those dreams."