At Thailand’s pantip forum, there was post petitioning Ch3 to sign Om Akapan yesterday. I was like okay…what? In Thailand, actors can be free agents or they can be contracted actors for a channel. Take for example, rising star James Jirayu will never act in a CH7 lakorn until his 5 year contract with Ch3 ends in 2018. Some stars are signed with production companies which is the case of Om Akapan, he worked for Polyplus production under a 5 year contract. Om Akapan was seen on both Ch3 and Ch7 because Polyplus produced shows and lakorns for both channels.
Recently his contract ended and Om Akapan is leaving Polyplus productions and some say not on good terms.
Reporters asked Om Akapan if he was scared of losing work, Om answered:’Not at all. Now I have to take care of myself I have to slowly learn as I go.’
He recently ended his contract with Polypus, he doesn’t know who will take care of his work queues. ‘I don’t know. I just recently left, I will probably have Ploypus help me out at first.’
Om did not say if Ch7 wanted to sign him. He will be a free agent for now. Reporters asked how long will he be a free agent. He answered:’I don’t know. It’s up the future and I still work 7 days a week.’
Did he get any special advice from anyone. ‘I consulted with my parents.’
Being a free agent is a gamble said reporters. Om said he didn’t want to be a free agent, he just wants to try something new.
‘I don’t want to be a free agent, I just want to accomplish something new in my life, in business too, other career prospects for example in films.’
So you are saying you will get more opportunities if you left. ‘Not more, they took great care of me but I have grown and my 5 year contract is up and I have been with them for 5 years. They have given me a lot.’
Before your contract ended, it was reported Ploypus cut of you off already. Do you not feel offended by this?
‘Not at all. We know each other well. I am a child of Ployplus productions. No mother will hurt their own child. I grew up there.’
Though he claims his relationship with Polyplus productions ended well, articles have discredited his claims. Om assured everyone the situation ended well.