Q&A: Utt Panichkul, Lifestyle Advocates Thailand
17 October 2016
Utt Panichkul is an established face in the region’s media industry as an actor, model and host. A former MTV VJ of over 15 years, he was also the judge for Vietnam’s ‘MTV VJ Hunt’ and ‘Supermodel Me’. He has also acted in indie films such as ‘Chicken Rice War’ as well as the Thai remake of Korean drama ‘Full House’, growing his fan-base across Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. More recently, he is also the director of talent agency, Beam Artistes in Singapore.
How do you usually start your day?
I start my day with breakfast — and fortunately my mom lives down the street from my house so she’s always cooking. I don’t religiously meditate but I try to give myself a good 10 to 15 minutes of quiet meditating time every now and then with some chilled music in the background.
See also: Behind the scenes with Utt
How would you describe your current lifestyle? And what would you say is the best thing about it?
My lifestyle is going with the flow and following my energy. I don’t like to force myself to do things. I believe in moderation, happiness and being true to yourself. Lately, it’s catching up with friends; good conversations, nice environments, food and the occasional wine. The best thing about my lifestyle is how comfortable I am with myself to do what I like to do — read, sleep, work, eat, chill and relax.
My lifestyle is going with the flow and following my energy. I believe in moderation, happiness and being true to yourself.
If there’s one thing you could change about your current lifestyle, what would it be?
I feel that living in the city can sometimes be claustrophobic. If it was possible, it would be nice to live in the countryside and to learn how to live a sustainable lifestyle.
How do you continue to stay relevant in the media industry? What has worked for you and what hasn’t?
Being able to adapt to changes and still enjoying it, along with growing in the areas of the industry in which I continue to learn — whether it’s in front of the camera, or behind the camera that works for me. Being concerned with what others think doesn’t work for me.
What was your most memorable moment while filming Lifestyle Advocates?
I like the whole experience working on Lifestyle Advocates, it was nice to work with the Life Inspired team sharing experiences and travelling around Bangkok. Shooting at the Sathorn Bridge was nice especially when the drone was launched and you can see the entire city skyline.
How would you describe your travel style?
I’m a mix of everything. I can be spontaneous which is something new, I’m trying to be less of a planner even though it’s in my nature to plan out things. I can be reserved or chatty depending on my moods. If I’m in an emo mood, I like to just sponge in the environment and observe. But if I slip into a pub, I might be chatty and getting to know people and sharing stories. I used to be a minimalist packer but with work, it’s changed to over-packing so I have things just in case.
What are your five ultimate travel essentials?
I need sunblock, the sun is way too harsh these days. My phone and a power bank, a book to read and a hoody so I can pull the hoody over my head and face to sleep during travel.
What book are you currently reading?
I’m reading Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance. He’s a visionary and yes, I know about the SpaceX launch pad explosion. It’s very unfortunate — luckily no one was harmed and with these advances, accidents can happen.
How do you stay fit while travelling?
Strangely, I do better moderating my own eating habits and working out on my own rather than with a Personal Trainer. I have a fast metabolism which my friends and family are probably annoyed by.
I can eat a lot and not really gain weight. I do keep away from too much sugar and carbonated drinks. I have always been a big vegetable eater, so that helps with digestion. I work out moderately which is about two to three days a week, an hour each time. I don’t overdo workouts.
You have five minutes to get dressed for a full day out in Bangkok. What are you wearing?
Jeans, t-shirt, boots, and I’ll carry a light sweater.
See also: Ananda Everingham’s guide to Bangkok
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