CHILD beatboxer and actor Sawyer Leong is only 10 years old but he has already made a name for himself since joining the local entertainment industry five years ago.
“Beatboxing and acting are not just my part-time jobs, they are my passion,” declared the SJK(C) Lai Meng, Kuala Lumpur, pupil.
However, he said his ambition is to be a network marketeer like his mother, Fion Lee, 44.
“I was attracted to beatboxing after watching an awesome performance by a beatboxer named Koujee.
“When I met him I told him of my desire to learn beatboxing and he was generous enough to give me free lessons,” Sawyer recalled.
“I am lucky to have an understanding school principal who is not too strict with me when it comes to my academic performance and attendance. Otherwise, I would not have been able to be an artiste,” said the boy who has starred in several local movies.
“I always try to strike a balance juggling all the important things in my life such as school, beatboxing, acting, taekwondo practice and spending time with my family.”
Despite his age, the young entertainer shows maturity when discussing his work.
“We are all human regardless of our abilities. I want to contribute towards helping the underprivileged,” he said.
According to Sawyer’s father Gavin Leong, 42, his son loves doing charity.
“He donates his clothes to a boy in Pulau Ketam when he discovered that the boy had been bullied and made fun of due to his torn shirt and shorts.
“He also donates RM130 monthly to two poor children in the Philippines.”
Gavin added that as parents, he and his wife have been educating Sawyer on the importance of morality.
“We teach him how to distinguish between right and wrong, good and bad. We believe in self-discipline and have told Sawyer to stay away from smoking, swearing, cursing and drug addiction,” he said
Although Sawyer’s stardom in beatboxing is now shining bright, he is humble enough to admire other beatboxers. “I currently love French beatboxer Alem, I hope I can be like him one day,” he said. — CHENG MUN YIP