Artbiz with Rob Ho

Dec 1, 2016   //   by admin   //   artbiz, News  //  No Comments


Artbiz explores that middle ground between “art” and “business”. How genuinely creative people manage (or do not manage) to carve out a living doing what they love. How they juggle dayjobs, families, real life, relationships, paying bills and doing their craft/art.

Chances are you will have seen Rob Ho getting beaten up by Hollywood Celebrities.

As an action performer in such big budget fare as Doctor Strange, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Kick Ass 2 and the upcoming Ready Player One, Rob has worked on a number of professional shoots. But Rob has also worked on his own material too, including Landlord: Time to Pay the Rent as writer/producer/star.

Thanks to Rob for chatting with Artbiz.

Q1 First can you introduce yourself? Who are you? Do you have dependents? Do you have a mortgage? Are you the sole income earner?

My name is Rob Ho and I have no dependents, save for an elderly mother who I visit regularly, and keep a watchful eye on. I am 43 years old and in a relationship. Two older sisters.

Q2 What do you do creatively? How long have you been doing it?

I work as an Action Performer: first in Independent Movies since 2007; and Mainstream from 2011 to date.


Q3 If you have one, what’s your day job? How long have had you that?

I am a Landlord to Student Tenants and it is a family business; although I did practice for six years as a Solicitor.

Q4 What are the benefits of your day job?

Apart from the obvious of paying the bills, it allows me the flexibility to work in film, if the opportunity presents itself.

Q5 What are the drawbacks of the day job?

I think universities should re-introduce a ‘life skills’ course that’ll include (though not exhaustive), “operating a boiler…..understand how and why we heat and ventilate a flat….correctly identifying meters….etc”. I often get bemused when a generation of tenants, for example, don’t know how to set up a service provider account ‘per se’ on the telephone.

Sometimes, parents have an unrealistic expectation for their child as well. Trying to ‘keep it real’, so to speak.

I am pretty much ‘on call’ 24/7, and I have been known to head to flats in the middle of the night when tenants have reported concerns of an Intruder. It does take its toll sometimes, as I find trying to switch on and off the Fight/ Flight Syndrome draining. I also see the distress on my tenants’ when they fear something and I sometimes feel as if I’m their Surrogate Uncle.

14218504_10153932844706608_1399117492_nQ6 Your art/craft is it a hobby/ a side gig/ your dream job/ your full time job?

Out of choice, it is a secondary occupation for now.

Q7 How much of what you do creatively is dictated by commercial consideration?

Not so dictated by commercial consideration, but rathermore the quality of the production.

Q8 Have you turned down commissions? If so, why?

Yes, purely owing to a potential overlap between productions. I stayed with one and politely turned down the other to avoid the stress of trying to work out how to work on both at the same time.

Q9 Do you have a long term plan? A series of short term plans? Plans, never heard of them?!

I have set myself a yearly goal of trying to work on one reputable film production a year, be it for a day, number of days or more. That is all it takes for me to be content.

14249037_10153938017886608_1679617657_nQ10 What do you think of your “industry”?

There is room for Everyone .

Q11 Is there anyone out there that you aspire to be like? Why?

Just to strive to be a better person than I was yesterday…..

LANDLORD – Time to Pay the Rent from Robert Ho on Vimeo.


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