Hello Mentor EP 21 | Hannah Tan on Being a Singer-songwriter, Actress and Model as a High School Dropout

“I was a very emotional child and running away from home was my first instinct, I was rebellious and I wanted to show my parents I don’t want to conform. Life begins at that moment when I realised how difficult it was to crawl through life.” – Hannah Tan

About the episode

Independence requires hard work, agility and perseverance.

In this podcast episode, Hannah shares her personal stories and lessons learnt ever since running away from home at the tender age of 16 as she struggled to sustain herself.

She then shares how she then begun her journey and career as an entrepreneur, TV host, singer and an actress. Hannah Also gives us a few tips for young people who want to be independent as well as advice to those who are going through hard times in their lives. 

Getting to know Hannah Tan

Hannah Tan (@hannahonline) is a high school dropout who never gave up. She became the first Malaysian to sign a multi-million dollar recording deal in Japan. She’s a computer science & IT valedictorian and 4.0GPA Merit Scholar despite multiple health challenges. Hannah’s inspiring #TrueStory since running away from home at the age of 16, can be found at www.hannah.today.

You may have seen her in TV commercials, on Animax, FOX Sports, TV3, NTV7, 8TV or on big screen, but in this podcast, we’ll get to virtually meet another fascinating side of Hannah Tan—the introvert who’s cried behind closed doors and fought battles many may know nothing about. 

To check out Hannah’s website as mentioned in the podcast, here is the link:


Hello Mentor is a podcast show that platforms raw discussions on career, ambition and success with inspiring and accomplished individuals.

Hello Mentor is hosted by Derek Toh, Founder and CEO of Hiredly.

Listen to all episodes on Spotify for your dose of inspiration and career advice from real people who’ve been there!