Many corporate-climbing women have secretly aspired to be a Bloomberg presenter; smart, beautiful (bouncy hair!) and powerful – earning respect in a man’s world. Beginning her career interning for a Vancouver TV station, Angie Lau is an ex Anchor for Bloomberg in Asia and ticks all those boxes. She has now begin a new chapter in her career with a new start-up Forkast.News, a digital news network on all things blockchain and cryptocurrency. If that wasn’t enough, she is also president of Asian American Journalists Association, AAJA – Asia Chapter and has just spearheaded their eighth annual ‘New.Now.Next’ Media Conference. It is one of the biggest journalism conferences in the region and as Angie passionately highlights “in this current political climate, it’s more important now than ever before. Journalism is about the opportunity to share other people’s stories and to shed light where others might be interested in keeping dark. That is what drives me.” When you speak to Angie, it hits you just how down to earth, humble and genuine she is considering all her achievements.
When did you know you wanted to have a career in Journalism / TV?
I was 16 years old, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and I was in full panic mode. One afternoon, I was having a heart-to-heart with my favourite English teacher Mr. Stewart. He uttered three magical words: “What about journalism?”
Who was the most inspiring person you ever interviewed?
Li Ka-Shing. This is a man who lost his father tragically at a young age and forced to fend for himself during a time of war. For most, that would’ve been enough to be a burden too great to rise from. Instead, he used it to propel himself to build an incredible empire of which much of Hong Kong stands on to this day.
What is the biggest blunder you have made in broadcast?
When I was a student radio broadcaster, I had not quite handled the art of juggling multiple directions. There are a lot of things going on, we have producers talking in our ear about the next commercial break etc… you get the idea. I was anchoring in the broadcast booth and tried in my most authoritative voice to intone: “Hundreds of workers at the local auto plant got laid…” (I paused, as a producer telling me something in my ear piece and I instinctively stopped to listen. When I processed, I resumed my broadcast) “… off today.” That was one unfortunately timed pause and more unfortunate for those workers that it wasn’t true!
Where is your favourite hide-away?
Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong, in the quiet room.
How would you describe your style?
I love very structural lines, with a little bit of a quirk. I’d say I’m a fan of the classics, with an edge.
You are always so immaculately presented! What beauty regime do you live by?
You are too kind! I believe beauty comes from within. If you’re happy, exercise and eat well, you have created the foundation of good health. I always moisturise – my mother taught us from a very young age, so I’ve had a “beauty regime” since I was five years old! Thanks mom, it’s paid off 🙂
You have recently had a lovely little boy. How has being a new mum changed your outlook on life?
Life is now more precious. I work harder because of him, I care deeper because of him, I laugh louder because of him!