My Wife is a Beautiful CEO - chapter-299-client-meeting
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Since she was at an unfamiliar place, Hui Lin lowered her head didnâ€™t
dare to breathe too loud upon entering the office. When she heard that
someone said she was Yang Chenâ€™s girlfriend, she almost fainted
on-the-spot. She nervously grasped her palms together which were sweating
Yang Chen pushed Zhao Tengâ€™s head impolitely. â€œHow do your eyes work?
Do I look like an old cow that would eat young grass?â€
[TL note: An old cow that would eat young grass (idiom): The man in a
romance who is significantly older than the woman.]
â€œDirector, but youâ€™re not old,â€ Zhao Teng said as he pressed onto
his aching forehead resentfully.
â€œThis is my cousin whoâ€™s very gifted. After discussing with Boss Lin,
we decided to send her to our company to receive professional training in
dancing and music. Youâ€™ll be in charge of arranging her lessons,â€
Yang Chen said.
Zhao Teng finally got serious. After looking at Hui Lin from head-to-toe,
he agreed that the girl definitely had the qualifications to become a
superstar. Since even Lin Ruoxi thought she could make it, there was
definitely something unique about her. As a result, he directly said,
â€œNo problem, the music and choreography teachers are all masters of
their craft. Weâ€™re still worried that we donâ€™t have talented members
at the moment.â€
The following things were much easier to be done. Yang Chen let Hui Lin
follow Zhao Tengâ€™s arrangements, to directly head over to the recording
studio and the dance classroom to receive an assessment, so that her
capabilities and what level of class she should start with could be
It wasnâ€™t possible for Yang Chen to be with Hui Lin all the time. So he
said, â€œAfter you finish practising, give me a call when you feel like
Hui Lin found herself in a difficult situation. â€œCanâ€¦ can I call
Elder Sisterâ€™s phone instead?â€
Yang Chen felt rather gloomy. â€œAm I so unpleasant to you that you want
your elder sister to send you home on the first day?â€
â€œNoâ€¦ Iâ€™m justâ€¦â€
â€œAlright, alright. Do what you want.â€ Yang Chen wasnâ€™t willing to
listen to her reasons. He knew that the kid would get shy easily. Sheâ€™d
certainly feel more comfortable being with Lin Ruoxi who was similarly, a
Hui Lin indeed didnâ€™t dare to stay with Yang Chen for too long,
especially after the â€کgirlfriendâ€™ matter caused by Zhao Teng. She got
more and more shy and scared because she felt very sorry to Lin Ruoxi
when she was misunderstood as Yang Chenâ€™s girlfriend.
Regarding what Yang Chen said regarding his divorce and women outside,
from Hui Linâ€™s perspective, they were really distant matters. She
didnâ€™t believe his words fully.
When Yang Chen returned to his office and wanted to sit down to play
computer games, Wang Jie knocked on the door and came inside.
Holding a stack of documents, Wang Jie felt rather embarrassed. She
asked, â€œDirector, are you free in the afternoon?â€
Yang Chen shook his head and answered, â€œYeah. What is it?â€
Wang Jie said, â€œThereâ€™s a client meeting in the afternoon which Iâ€™m
supposed to attend with a driver and an assistant. However, thereâ€™s an
emergency meeting in Yu Leiâ€™s headquarters. So can I ask Director to go
for me, I donâ€™t know if you canâ€¦â€
Client meeting? Yang Chen scratched his head. To be honest, he didnâ€™t
really like things like this. Wang Jie should be aware of this as well,
otherwise she wouldnâ€™t have looked at him with a pitiful and helpless
Yang Chen asked, â€œWho are the people weâ€™re meeting up with?â€
Wang Jie seemed like she found hope and got energized instantly.
â€œItâ€™s a new director whoâ€™s rather famous recently called Huang Hai,
a man from Shandong Province. He used a budget of 3 million in his
previous film and earned 12 million in the box office. This time, he took
the initiative to contact our company and hope that we can invest in a
small production movie with a budget of 5 million or so. He may have come
to us because of our reputation, since there isnâ€™t his place in other
major companies anyway.â€
â€œIn other words, itâ€™s his invitation for us, correct?â€ Yang Chen
â€œIt could be said that weâ€™re negotiating on equal terms, since he is
rather competent and doesnâ€™t necessarily need our help. However, many
other new directors hope to work with us because our company is newly set
up. After all, if the first film succeeds, theyâ€™d be able to become our
companyâ€™s manager director. This seniority is very important in the
entertainment industry,â€ Wang Jie explained.
Yang Chen understood the situation generally. Currently, the newly set up
company Yu Lei Entertainment was just like a huge cake in the eyes of
rookie directors and actors. Those who couldnâ€™t obtain good treatments
from the other major companies were all hoping to get good benefits as a
result of being the â€کfounding fathersâ€™ of Yu Lei Entertainment.
â€œOriginally, I wanted to look at his script, character and work ethics.
If both his character and competence arenâ€™t an issue, I would sign a
contract with him. However, the emergency meeting in the headquarters is
really important, not to mention Iâ€™ve always been the one responsible
for the procedures, so I thought of you, Director. After all, Director
was the one who went to Hong Kong to negotiate with Muyun Corporation.
This kind of work should be really easy for Director.â€ Wang Jie
didnâ€™t forget to praise Yang Chen.
Everyone loved to listen to great things. Although Yang Chen didnâ€™t
have many good memories in Hong Kong, he immediately accepted her request
after listening to what she said. After thinking for a bit, he said,
â€œPut the things I need here. Iâ€™ll go there in the afternoon.â€
Wang Jie relieved herself. If Yang Chen denied her request, she really
didnâ€™t know who she should ask. The company was still new after all, it
was normal for them to lack manpower.
After Wang Jie left, Yang Chen took the materials to look at the director
Huang Haiâ€™s resume and planned work. At last, he saw the agreed meeting
place in the afternoon. It was a rather famous entertainment club in
Zhonghai called Coconut.
Yang Chen frowned when he saw the location. If he recalled correctly,
this place was located near a bar street. It was called an entertainment
club, but it was actually a place of prostitution in other words. Various
shady services often appeared there. This should also be one of the
reasons why Wang Jie wasnâ€™t willing to go, since she couldnâ€™t push
away such a duty just because she didnâ€™t like the place. As a result,
she used the excuse of attending a meeting in the headquarters to pass
the job to Yang Chen. It shouldnâ€™t be too big of a problem for men to
attend such an occasion after all.
In the afternoon, Yang Chen drove to Coconut alone. It had a storefront
with a southern island design. Although it was winter, the two ladies
welcoming customers at the entrance still had their slim arms and thighs
exposed in the air. They were only wearing a slightly thicker vest on top
of their thin clothing.
Upon entering the club, two rows of room beside a warmly lit walkway
could be seen.
After Yang Chen reported the appointed room number, he followed a female
server and passed through two corners before arriving at the destination.
He opened the door and looked at the huge room lit by three floor lamps.
The lighting wasnâ€™t considered bright, but wasnâ€™t dark as well. There
were red sofas, grey carpets and a huge LCD television broadcasting a
music program. Yang Chen didnâ€™t exactly know what song it was playing,
but it should be a Korean dance music.
The three figures who were seated on the sofa instantly stood up. The
moderately tall man in his thirties with a moustache was the director
Huang Hai. There were also a bald middle-aged shortie and a rather
good-looking woman with rather heavy makeup on.
â€œWelcome, Director Yang. Iâ€™m really honored. I didnâ€™t expect that
Director was willing to come over personally.â€ Huang Hai passionaly
offered his hand and walked towards Yang Chen before for firmly holding
hands with him.
â€œDonâ€™t be, since all of us are planning on working together, I
certainly have to show my sincerity,â€ Yang Chen said lightly.
Huang Hai nodded repeatedly before introducing the people to Yang Chen.
â€œThis is the producer I always work with, Luo Changan. This lady is my
wife Elle, also a second-line actress, but Director Yang shouldnâ€™t have
heard of her since sheâ€™s not very well-known.â€
Yang Chen bet Elle mustâ€™ve chosen Huang Hai when she was buying a
lottery, in the hope that she could yield a harvest by marrying him. Now
that Huang Hai really got more successful, she naturally became the
After greeting Luo Changan and Elle, Yang Chen sat down with the three.
The server brought some snacks and grape wine over. He served a British
three-tiered snack platter, displaying a rather unique way of treating
â€œI hope Director Yang doesn’t mind that I picked such a place for this
discussion. I just felt that having a traditional dinner with various
dishes while discussing the film is not only extravagant, but ineffective
as well. I hope Director Yang can understand, there are only the four of
us anyway,â€ Huang Hai explained with a smile.
No matter who listened to his speech, the reasoning was actually not bad.
Not only would people think he was thoughtful, he would give the
impression of being more serious and dependable as well.
Yang Chen let out a faint smile. â€œDirector Huang, you donâ€™t have to
be so formal. Iâ€™m actually a very casual person. Letâ€™s talk about
â€œAlright, alright. Director is really straightforward, but we have to
start drinking before that, since itâ€™s our first time meeting.
Otherwise weâ€™d be considered overly rude,â€ Huang Hai said before
turning to Elle who had been holding a smile. â€œElle, quickly open the
bottle of grape wine and pour for us.â€
Elle cozily hummed with acknowledgement as she faintly threw a
flirtatious glance at Yang Chen before running to the side to open the
grape wine bottle.
Luo Changan took out the newest movie plan together with its outline from
a folder and passed it to Yang Chen. Smiling, he said, â€œDirector Yang,
being someone who as been in the industry for more than twenty years, I
guarantee that this movie will definitely sell. As long as we get enough
investment, getting Hong Kong Film Award or Golden Horse Award isnâ€™t
Yang Chen took the file and had a look. It was a small budget comedy and
action movie, also a type of comedy which is really popular nowadays as
it brings out the philosophy of life.
However, when Yang Chen took a closer look at the estimated budget, it
was different from what Wang Jieâ€™s materials showed. It became eight
million, three million higher than the original budget.
â€œDirector Huang, in the proposal our companyâ€™s manager showed me,
this movie only had an estimated budget of five million. Why did it
suddenly go up by three million?â€ Yang Chen stared into Huang Haiâ€™s
eyes and wasnâ€™t willing to let go of even the most minute details.