Working Steadily Toward Our 16-Year Appointment
Huang Xiaoming recently posted a thank-you letter to his fanclub, Mingjiao, on his Weibo account. The contents of the letter have been translated below. Every year, he holds a get-together with his fanclub in the month of November. This year’s meeting will be on November 6th.
Many years ago, Mingjiao gave Director Zhang [Jizhong] a very long letter, recommending that I play Yang Guo. At the time, it was also because of Mingjiao’s encouragement that I had the confidence to act in a classic drama like RETURN OF THE CONDOR HEROES (神雕侠侣). But what many people may not know is that, just like Xiaolongnv and Yang Guo made an appointment to meet again after 16 years, we also had a “16-year appointment.” It is just that this appointment has nothing to do with life or death; it is concerned only with love and accompaniment.
This year is already my 16th year in the industry. On November 6, I will also arrive as planned. Actually, it’s already become a habit to have a day to spend with you each year. Everybody will get together and discuss their daily lives, laugh, and joke around. Sixteen years have already changed our relationship a long time ago, from actor and fans to something like family members and close friends.
I still remember two 70-plus-year-old Japanese grandmothers who made a special trip from Japan many years in a row in order to attend our gathering. Because some of you live far away, many of you sat on hard-seat trains for more than 30 hours in order to rush over here. Some of you even gave me your charity contribution certificates as birthday gifts, showing your approval of my saying, “Let charity become a habit.” This was also the first time I felt gratified for the responsibilities and burdens on my shoulders. I cannot repay you for these favors. I can only proudly walk the red carpet while raising up the giant crab you sent me or board the airplane while holding the pomegranate you sent me. This is because they were sent by my family and have to be carried by my side.
You have been stronger than I have on this road of trials and hardships. Every time I entered into deep self-doubt or met with pressure, I could always feel the strength coming from you all. This “armor” made me brave and able to take on anything, untiring and willing to work hard. Perhaps there have previously been some overly careless choices or imperfect endings, but you have understood and supported me like family members would, and I store each of these in my heart. The most precious and rarest things on this earth are those that time allows us to understand. In any case, no matter how many more 16 years the future holds for us, at least our dreams still exist, our passion is just as before, so what is there to be afraid of? Let’s meet on the road~