Living his dream

Here's an option if the recession is keeping you from finding the job of your dreams: Post a video on YouTube and hope you can get as famous as Jason Chen (above).

The 23-year-old Taiwanese-American was stuck in a boring accounting job before he decided to upload a cover of Ryan "One Republic" Tedder's The Look onto the video-sharing site.

It was his third video, a cover of Rihanna's Umbrella, though, that got folks sitting up and noticing him.

Although Chen, who is based in California, started out playing the violin when he was just five, he started singing only when he was 18.

Now, it has become a career, where he gets to travel around the US and Canada, and he will eventually land in Singapore on May 5 for the YouTube Stars Concert.

In the two years since joining YouTube, Chen has amassed 162 videos because he tries to upload a song every week. His debut album is "halfway done" and is likely to be out later this year.

He told LOUD that he is working on writing original songs in Mandarin, too.

"My Mandarin is decent. I think I could survive in Asia," he said.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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