Friday, March 24, 2006


tgk wakenabeb n thursdaynitelive mlm tadi?

muka biasa2 aje.
tapi aku tau kenapa aku mula suka dia.
cheekbone n lesungpipit.
just like 'her'...


Blogger spyz said...


March 21, 2006:

YOU’VE probably seen her ‘craziness’ in front of the camera with her co-host, Wahid Senario, on TV3’s Melodi.

You’ve also probably heard her chirpy voice on air with co-host Faizal Ismail, on the breakfast show, HOT FM AM Crew.

Well, just in case you are wondering how Fara Fauzana is like in person, let us tell you this – what you see or hear is what you’ll get. That’s what we discovered during our first encounter with the 26-year-old recently.

Dressed casually in a denim shirt, pair of jeans and stylish white-framed Gucci shades, Fara didn’t say much for the first few minutes, only observing our brief conversation with her colleague Wendy.

When asked about the silence, her response was: “I can be a bit shy when I meet a person eye to eye for the first time.”

She was also probably tired too.

When news broke last month that the then Era FM presenter was switching camps to Media Prima Bhd’s Bahasa Malaysia radio station, HOT FM, late last year, Fara became the centre of attention.

A bombardment of queries and questions ensued.

And while the issues surrounding her and her previous employer were yet to die down, Fara made into the headlines again for wining the Most Popular Female TV Presenter award at the Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2005 recently.

Throw in her duties with HOT FM and Melodi, it surely has been a tumultuous three months for her.

Well, maybe that’s the price of success, and in her case, it was something that came to her quickly.

“I beg to differ. I don’t think my success came overnight,” she protested.

And that also triggered her to give us a no-holds-barred chat on things regarding her life, career and the future.

Welcome into the life of Fara Fauzana.

Let’s start with a bit of your background. How did you end up doing what you are doing now?

Me, I’m an avid listener of Era FM. As a matter of fact, I’ve been listening to the station from the moment it went on test-transmission.

On top of that, I’m also a frequent visitor of its official website. One day, I saw this announcement about them looking for people to join their cruisers, Skuad Era. I thought, ‘why not?’ So, I sent them my resume.

A week after that, I received a call from Kieran, who was heading the Skuad Era at that time. This was in 2001 and I was in my final year in Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).

How did you ended up being a presenter then?

IT was coincidental. I was still with Skuad Era at that time and one day Seelan Paul asked me whether I would like to go on air with him because his partner, Linda Onn was on leave.

I told him that I was not really keen on radio hosting. He told me not to worry, just go into the studio and jam with him. Again, I told myself, ‘why not?’ So, I went. For the first few days, I was only Seelan’s sound bite (laughs). You know doing all the ahh, umm and yeah.

After that gig, I went back to Skuad Era. After awhile, Kudsia Kahar called and asked me whether I wanted to become a presenter.

Laughingly I told her that it was not my character. She asked me to give it a try. And I did. I was then put on air every Sunday from 6pm to 10pm before Carta Era and the person who trained me then was Faizal Ismail, my current co-host.

At that point, I was doubling both as a presenter and a member of the Skuad Era.

When Era FM had an audition, I was told by Seelan to go for it. I officially joined the station on Jan 3, 2004.

What was the learning process like? Was it difficult?

Thank God I’m a fast learner. Also, because of my becok (talkative) nature I asked a lot of questions, and that’s the best way to learn, don’t you think so?

During the first year with Era FM, I was assigned for the graveyard shift from midnight to 6am. I still remember, whenever I didn’t know what to do, I’d bug Seelan and Linda Onn for tips (laughs).

A lot was said in regard to your move from Era Fm to HOT FM. What happened? What triggered your move?

I’M relatively new to the industry. HOT FM is a new station, and I knew if I went there, everything was going to be new – environment, colleagues and challenges.

It would be different from Era, where if I was assigned to do something, a lot of the work would be done by other people specialised in that particular aspect of the task.

It could make you become manja (pampered), a spoilt brat. I’m not saying that I was a spoilt brat when I was there; it’s just that I might have become one if I stayed there longer!

Here at HOT FM, if the boss asks me to do something, I have to do it from A to Z. Writing the script, producing, looking for songs, and so on. I get to learn more and along the way appreciate the work of people who normally do all these things.

So it was not because of ‘politics’ or ‘dramas’ then?

There was no politics or drama. I’m not that type. That’s why I don’t understand when people said things like I’m stubborn, people don’t like me there and so on. I even had to ask people there if it was true, was I really like that?

The other thing that I’m really amazed is when people made a lot of fuss that I was the host of Melodi. They come to me with questions like, ‘How can you host Melodi?’ or ‘Is it okay for you to do Melodi?’

I was like, is it wrong for me to do so? I joined Melodi when I was with Era FM and my then boss okayed it. Like now too, I can still appear on Astro whenever I want to. As long as it’s not on the radio, it’s fine. So what’s the problem? I don’t understand.

Speaking of TV3’s ‘Melodi’, how did you get the gig?

Initially I was supposed to be in a different show on another TV station. Then the Melodi team asked me if I would be interested to be a guest host. My response was: ‘I think you got the wrong person. Yes, I’m talkative and gossipy but I don’t talk about it in the open.’ (laughs).

When I asked if there was going to be an audition, they said no, I would only be a guest. But when I looked at the script, it was so long! Like I was the host (laughs).

After one show they asked me to do another one the following week. I thought I was going to do it with host Wahid Senario, but I ended up doing it on my own. As for why they choose me, you have to ask them (laughs).

And coincidentally, your gig with ‘Melodi’ was the one that won you the Most Popular Female TV Presenter at Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2005. Was it a surprise?

Yes, it was actually. First because I was not nominated in the radio category. Secondly, I felt people knew me more as a radio presenter than a TV host. If only I had the time to prepare my speech.

What’s wrong with it? Your speech was one of the better ones that day. (Her speech was: ‘Even though I’m in a new era with Rentak Muzik Terkini, I hope my fans will continue to support me as it’s sure to be ‘Lebih Hangat dari Biasa).

My ex-colleagues and I had agreed that no matter who won, we would support each other. These people… (pauses before breaking out into tears)… they are my best friends… When I looked at them, I could see that they were so happy to see me win, so, I told myself that I must say something about them as well as my current colleagues.

Less than three years in the industry and an award to show for it. That’s pretty quick, don’t you think so?

I don’t think it was a quick rise. There are other people who achieved bigger things faster. I guess, maybe I was at the right place at the right time.

I mean, I got my break as a radio presenter because I happened to be with Skuad Era. Coincidentally, I got the gig with Melodi because of my stint with Era and so forth.

I think if you give another person the same opportunities, they will succeed too.

So does it feel good now that you’ve been acknowledged?

I must confess that sometimes I’m scared of the praise. I’m not the type who likes positive feedback. I want criticism and I always look for hate mails. My former colleagues always think that I’m crazy because of that.

For me you can improve faster when you know what people don’t like about you.

So, what’s next for you?

People have accepted me as a TV host. I don’t know how, but I will try to live up to expectations. Now I want to work hard and show that I can be a good announcer too.

3/23/2006 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pandai betul awak beli jiwa erk...

3/24/2006 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pandai betul awak beli jiwa erk...

3/24/2006 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aku rasa malam semalam malam Fara la. Lepas Wakenabeb, dia muncul pula dalam talkshow Harith.

Udah-udah la berangan tu. Kak Shila pun manis juga. :)

3/24/2006 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger aku said...

aku rasa ko kena bersaing dengan org nie la :

3/24/2006 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Amyz said...

lor.. fara fauzana plak.. uhh.. :-p

3/25/2006 07:06:00 PM  
Blogger sinaganaga said...

aku pun suka gak kat minah ni...
He he.

3/27/2006 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Anony1 : practice make perfect..

Anony2 : baca betul2, siapa sebenarnya yg aku puji..

Aku : takpe lah.. aku bagi dia jalan 5 tiang dulu.. (5 tiang - istilah matrempit...)

Amyz : at least tiap hari aku bleh dgr suara dia..

Naga : huh?? ko bukan suka org berbakat besar ke??

3/28/2006 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous kimah said...

dia ni best la..hepi je 24 hrs..

6/01/2006 12:42:00 PM  

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