It wasn’t only his dancing talent that brought Tanakorn Sunthornnon, the 1st runner-up of Young Pattaya Public Relations Ambassador Training and Contest Project, to the famous TV program Dance Your Fat Off stage. One more important thing, the 18-year-old Pattaya native said, was “a chance.”
“YPPA is a project that gives young generations a chance to attend the training, to learn useful skills and knowledge, and most importantly, the project provides us a stage to show our talents,” he said in an interview with the Pattaya Mail.
Tanakorn ‘Boss’ Sunthornnon.
“From three-years experience attending this annual project, I have learned a lot of things. It was not easy to be the winner of the project as I didn’t pass through to the contest section in 2008, but the training section was impressive enough to make me and my friends to work harder and come back again in 2010 when we got the 1st runner-up award and in 2011 when I won Best Talent figure. After that, I have had chances to work with the city and many organizations and have gained experiences and skills bit by bit.”
Tanakorn, or Nong Boss, called on Pattaya Mail Publishing Co., Ltd. May 21 to express his gratitude towards the project that has been a key part in making him successful as he is today and pass on his experiences to the young generation. In interviews, the young star said that he would never be who he is today if he hadn’t had a chance to participate in the YPPA project where he was trained very well.
“I have to thank the YPPA organizers, Pattaya City and people related who have arranged such a meaningful project for children. Having been a part of the project, I have been more confident and have experienced English language skills, speaking skills, acting and also dancing skills, personality development, and many other skills and knowledge that really help me in my real life situation, and pave the way for my brighter and better future. Importantly, I have always gotten support from our so-called ‘YPPA Family’ even when I was in the dancing contest.”
Nong Boss, who now is known as a young dancing star, for he recently was one of 12 finalists in Thailand’s new society-shaking dancing contest for ‘big-sized people’ on Thai Channel 3, said he entered the contest for his mom, also his role model, and never believed that a fat boy with such a passion for dancing would be able to stand on a big stage with thousands of people watching.
“The contest has also changed my life. I lost about 20 kilograms in the competition and now I’m so happy that I’m slimmer than before… I now have a chance to work in the entertainment business.”
Nong Boss gave an impressive performance for Dance Your Fat Off.
Nong Boss is just one of the city’s young generation whose lives have been changed for the better after being given a chance. As it is said, ‘a child is a nation’s future’, projects or campaigns that give children chances to show what they’ve got and support them in appropriate ways as well as raise awareness of children’s importance among adults are crucial.
Pisai Panomwan Na Ayudthaya (left) presents the YPPA Best Talent award 2011 to Tanakorn Sunthornnon.
“I want to tell young generations that if you have a dream to do whatever you love, like dancing, singing or anything else, just do it, just go for it, so you’ll not regret later that you didn’t do it,” he said. “I believe there are many stages in Thailand or even in our city now that give children big chances and meaningful experiences like YPPA. Its project 8 is now open for the new generation and you can find out more information at www.facebook.com/YoungPattayaPR … it might be the last year of the project. Don’t lose a chance. For chubby people, always open your eyes and ears for it might be the second season of ‘Dance Your Fat Off – dance to change your life.”
Nong Boss attended the Young Pattaya PR Ambassador training project at City Hall in 2008.
Tanakorn Sunthornnon expresses his gratitude towards the YPPA project in an interview with the Pattaya Mail.