An Amazing Interview With Front Montgomery:
My name is Florence Montgomery but I’m known as Front Montgomery in Thailand.
My work consist of commercials, Magazine Modeling, Runway Modeling, TV Series and Dramas, Sitcoms, Theatrical Stage Shows, Movies, Game Shows and TV Host
Have you performed outside the Thailand before, and if so how does “In Front of View” differ?
“In Front of View” is unlike anything I have ever even imagined doing. It is a full 360 degree Virtual Reality travel show where Leonie and I literally transport you to the places and experiences we have together. Our viewers can see all around, above, and below us as if they were actually right in Front of us. They get a Front row seat! So that is absolutely different from modeling and TV series. It is produced by ReelTime VR one of the leading technological and content pioneers in Virtual Reality. It is truly a new emerging media that is causing the largest shift in how information and entertainment is consumed. Some places we have been to and would like to share it with our viewers and there are also places that are going to be totally new for both of us but we are going to let you see it as if it was “ In Front of (You) View” .
Thinking back to early childhood, what was your first experience with acting for the first time like?
My first commercial was a super surprise to me that I just froze when I saw all the cameras at my face and people telling me what to say (script) . I just froze till they gave up (laughs). That was really my first time but after that it seemed to be my destiny . It all came natural to me.
If I remember correctly my first job was a stand in for Milo. I would be the girl that dived into the pool and swam to the other end of the pool, but when the girl popped up, it was a Thai girl. I was a pretty good swimmer for a girl less than 10 years old in my days. And I guess being half Thai half American wasn’t what they actually wanted as a face for their commercials then. (Smiles) How did I feel? Hmmmm…. It was a lot of fun. Because I got to swim, which I truly enjoyed, and being able to work while having fun was an amazing experience . So I thought I’d just keep on doing it.
What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in show business?
My step mother actually enlisted me in CD modeling agency in Thailand for she was also working with them. That is where I started with most of my commercials , commercial Ad posters , magazine Ads , and a movie. Being called in for casting during my school years became a very normal thing in my life then.
How did you become involved in TV series ?
After being a model I guess you keep on moving up the steps . So from modeling I had my first Theatrical Stage Show at 22 years old and then the next thing I knew I was contacted for the first TV series with Channel 3 the following year.
If you had to describe your work in three or four words, what would you call it?
Amazingly Fun Memorable Times
How long have you been performing ?
Wow….ummmm since my early years at about 7 . Long enough that it became a part of my life .
What do you think your “biggest break” or “greatest opportunity” has been so far in your career?
Every single job I had seemed like a stepping stone all along the way and meant a lot to me and my career. For modeling I think being on the cover of Kaew magazine changed the look of me as a model and made me a sexy star. Then in show business I think I started to become more known in my part of a dracula in a doll’s body with the series Mae Nak Pra Nakorn. It was a comedy and wherever I went people would call me Choo .the name of the character I played. Since it was a comedy I felt very comfortable playing the part for I felt like it came naturally and I read every single page of the scripts of everyone. The director even teased me that I seemed like I was reading getting ready for an exam. But it played out . I was known.
Art & Music has an impact on both young and old. Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?
It’ll probably sound like a mommy advice but I would say to do your best in school 12 years isn’t that long, not only will you make your parents and everyone around you proud but you will be proud of yourself for your hard work too. Go to college and choose the major of your dreams for when you start working, like I teach my daughter, do what makes you happy but at the same time will make you money. Live happy and not be a burden to yourself and others. Love yourself and let the love spill out till you can share the love with everyone else around you. Life is an adventure so make it worth the trip.
Did your family support you in your choice of career?
Yes ! They were all very supportive .
Thinking back, did your family carry on the same artistic interests?
Only my eldest sister. She was in a few Ad commercials and also a movie. But she finally decided it wasn’t what she wanted and continued in her own path.
What are your long-term career goals as an artist now?
After giving it a break for five years I actually think I am ready to jump back in front of the camera and this time I’m not doing it alone, I’m tagging my daughter, Leonie, along with me in this show . I would like to see my daughter and I able to do things that we enjoy together as a family, explore the world and at the same time being able to share our adventures with everyone.
What did you do before you got into the modeling industry?
I was just a regular student going to school .
When things seem to go negatively at times, how do you turn things into something positive? Have you ever had to deal with “negative publicity” ? If so, how did you handle it?
I think positively and find reason with each thing that happened .
When they would write gossip news that nothing happened like they said at all . I would have to just believe that people who know me know better that none of that is true and and the people that are sincere will actually ask rather than just believe in whatever they read in gossip news.
Is there a slogan that you have and repeated to yourself in times that were hard what was that slogan ?
There are times when I wonder , why do some people feel that way about me or why do they think that way about me. Some people don’t even know me or have never spent time with me. Some people just read and think that those news are real when they have no truth in it at all. Stuff that makes you feel sad and down about why some people can be so negative and you just don’t know why and what can you do about it .So finally I found my answer to this and every time this situation occurs I just think that
” You cannot CHANGE how other people want to feel or think about you,for it is in THEIR mind and heart, but you certainly can CHANGE the way you feel or think of a certain situation because it is in YOUR mind and heart.” (So be positive and let the negative be with them )
And move on with life because there are a lot of better things to do then to dwell with people and situations you can’t change.
As an artist, how would you define SUCCESS?
Being able to do what you love and make other people love what you do . Success comes when you go to places around the world and know that your fans recognize you and that you are remembered in many good ways.
Is this your first online interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?
Yes , this is probably my first online interview but there certainly are articles of me posted for public viewing but mostly in Thai.
Is there anyone special you would like to thank for making your dream come true as an artist?
I would definitely like to thank my family for supporting me and believing in me. And everyone along the way CD Modeling who started me out , every single magazine , runway, tv shows and every single job I did out there. I really appreciate everyone that I have worked with and worked for because without the people behind the scenes there would have never been a Front Montgomery . You guys are my hero’s . Thank you being a part of my life and my precious memories. And of course thank you to ReelTime VR for creating such a compelling new media and for believing in me and my daughter Leonie Montgomery.
Some places we have been to and would like to share it with our viewers and there are also places that are going to be totally new for both of us but we are going to let you see it as if it was “ In Front of (You) View” and of course in back and all around you.