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FOR those of us who watch TV3 from 11am to 11:30am, Chea Rak Moon, the MC who can speak 3 languages fluently and hosts the show “2plus1”, is already quite well-known. What you may not realize is that her ability to speak English, Khmer and Chinese has come from years of hard work and studying.
Chea Rak Moon, who is known as VJ Moon on TV and on the stage, started her studies at Chinese schools at the age of seven. While she has always spoken Khmer with friends, she spent all 12 years of her primary and secondary schooling studying in Chinese.
Moon worked as an MC for school functions from a young age. This experience helped her then find work in casinos, on radio stations and on television.
While she is happy about the benefits of having work, she finds it hard to be a student at two universities, Royal University of Phnom Penh, where she studies media management, and Cambodia Mekong University where she studies Law. “I have to make sure that I can manage studying and working,” said Moon.
“I think that my language skills, my intellect, patience and attitude are my strong points as an entertainer,” Moon said. “But I hate having to put on make-up because it is not comfortable and it annoys me.”
Since beginning her work, she said that she has gotten to know many people and makes a comfortable living, and she says that despite the stressful situations she is often in, she is happy with her work.
When asked about life as a budding celebrity, Moon says “I think I am unique.” She has to wear make-up before she goes out and can’t do whatever she wants to do. She also has to deal with rumours and strong competition in her work place.
Currently, Moon is also running her own business in event management. “I won’t make performing my main career in the future because it takes so much time and I have to compete with people,” Moon said.