Things started to look up in May this year when he signed a three-year management contract with '90s Taiwanese singer Meng Ting Wei’s ex-husband Chang Chih-Peng. Under the agreement, he was supposed to receive an annual income of at least NT$500,000 (S$24,000) and they would split his earnings 50-50.
Two months after signing the contract, Chih-Wei landed his first showbiz gig in two years selling seafood on live stream. He said the experience was rather "interesting" and thanks to him, the audience increased by “1.5 times”.
But even though Chih-Wei was supposed to command NT$150,000 (S$7,000) per live stream, he only received a “token” sum of NT$3,600 (S$169) as the platform belongs to a friend of his pal, actor Tuo Zonghua. And Chih-Wei, true to his word, gave half of what he made to Chih-Peng, which meant he only took home about S$85.
However, last month, Chih-Peng suddenly informed Chih-Wei that he was terminating the contract.
“He did it without communicating or meeting me. [I] didn’t want to make things difficult for him and make unnecessary responses, so I agreed,” Chih-Wei told Apple Daily.