{Interview #7} Andrea Decruz – Media Personality

Andrea Decruz, 41, is a Media Personality and owner of CINQ salon and Belmont Flora. She is married to Pierre Png, a leading Mediacorp Artiste.

This initiative is part of our 101 Paths to Success series of interviews to gain insight into how successful people came to do what they are doing, and enlighten parents that there is a vast array of occupations for our children to discover. Hopefully it might spark an interest in our children and youths to start their journey of discerning their life’s path.

Your qualifications
Bachelor Degree in Clinical Psychology, First Class Honours

Andrea Decruz @ CINQ

Describe your job
I run the behind the scenes work at both CINQ and Belmont, dealing with human resource as well as public relations matters.

Tell us about your career path
I returned to Singapore in 1998 after a year of working in the San Francisco County Jail to join a private practice as a psychologist in Mount Elizabeth Hospital. I was soon scouted by MediaCorp (TCS back then) to join them as a full time artiste. I left the industry after my health failed in 2002 and took a long sabbatical before joining forces with my two current partners at CINQ in 2006 till today.

How did you find your passion?
As a child, I had always loved to pretend-play by washing and styling my mum and sister’s hair! When I was asked to get involved in the beauty business, I jumped at the opportunity.

Which aspect of your job gives you the most satisfaction?
When I see our clients’ attitudes and emotions change as they walk out of the salon feeling like a million bucks especially when they walked in like they had the worst day ever.

How do you rejuvenate yourself with your busy schedule?
Sleep to me is very important. I need at least 7-8 hours of sleep to feel well equipped to begin my day. Once a week, I make it to Java Gaya for a detox lymphatic massage, and I make sure to get in a good 30 minutes of high cardio tebata workout three times a week.

What does success mean to you?
Success to me means having built a dream, weathering the storms and knowing that you are still above water.

Are you involved in any charity work?
I sat on the board of Make A Wish Foundation for the past five years and continue to do my best to support the foundation as a volunteer.

One piece of advice to parents
Always support your kids’ dreams no matter how out-of-this-world they may sound. You never know – they might just turn out to be the next Mark Zuckerberg!

One piece of advice to teens
You will have plenty of time to figure out all the other issues later on in life. In your teens, all you need to concentrate on is school, because without a good education, you are nothing.

{Interviews} 101 Paths to Success

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#2 – Jeremiah Choy Creative Director Sing50 Mega concert at the National Stadium
#3 – Elaine Yeo Musician Singapore Symphony Orchestra
#4 – Chong Ee Jay Cyber Wellness Educator TOUCH Cyber Wellness
#5 – Professor Tan Huay Cheem Cardiologist Director of National University Heart Centre
#6 – Ruth Wan Children’s Book Author Timmy and Tammy series

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