"I am a member of SMU Eurhythmix and I mostly do urban hip hop. That said, I really enjoy exploring other genres of dance and picking styles I love and infusing them into what I do.
I started fooling around with dance quite a few years ago, trying out breaking and popping and injuring myself quite a bit in the process. I realized that I wasn't going anywhere with just fooling around so when I entered University I decided to join a dance club so that I could pursue dance as mo...re than just an interest.
I've been doing sports my entire life prior to even attempting dance and when I tried it, it was such an enjoyable process which I saw myself potentially wanting to do for the rest of my life. The fun of it and the community is what inspired me to pursue dance as a career.
A good friend once told me, we are our memory - without it, we are nothing. I got this quote from Avenged Sevenfold's song Remenissions and it really reflects on how it is important to remember your beginnings and to stay rooted and truthful to who you are and what you really wish to achieve.
I choreographed my first major production and standing there to the applause of the audience along with every other dancer I shared the stage with was absolutely exhilarating.
Every tough moment comes unexpectedly but it's really rewarding when you witness yourself pull through it along with everyone else as a team. Everything is possible - only if you believe it to be. Have faith that one day you will pull through and never, never stop pursuing your passion because you never know that one day your dream might actually come true and you would never want to miss that opportunity."
"As a professional visual artist practicing for 5 years, a founder of Project XIV & INDIGOISM and the co-owner of Leng Leng Ice Cream has taught me a lot of valuable life lessons. The primary reason for pursuing this career has got to be the people for whom I draw inspiration from and create for. We are surrounded by so much information that we try to make sense of it all, and with that being said I guess we all find the need to bridge a gap when we see it - to better underst...and the nature of things and to call things as they are. For me, it was through both visuals/ design and social initiatives that I found out I was able to do so. Years after, I'm still doing what I have been doing since I first started off which is really reaffirming and reassuring, seeing that all that I've made is self-taught. I guess that's when I recognized that what I'm doing was aligned with my beliefs, and that's when I decided to make it my career.
Obstacles were evident in my journey - a lesson of overcoming is something inevitable in this journey. I'm sure every artist would share this same sentiment: Some of the more challenging times you might face in the industry come through not just from the art market but also from yourself as a practitioner, if I may say so honestly. The art market here works in trends, and you've to not just continuously practice and get better but to also know how to sell yourself and get yourself out there. Sometimes you may burn out or experience creative blocks which take some time to subside. It may feel confusing and you may feel a little lost which can get really tough, and that's when you remind yourself to be kind to yourself. So always remember that good things don't come easy, remind yourself why you began creating - that will be your compass and it will never fail you.
"Everything is temporary" is a mantra that I live by. Know that things and people come and go, and when you get the grasp of the beauty of this - you are free."
"I've been doing MMA for about 6 years now, ever since I was in National Service. After my ORD, I decided to take a leap of faith and spend all my time and energy into training to fight and give fighting a run for its money as a career. I've always been a very competitive person, especially in sports. As a youth, I was a sprinter for Singapore and I played football for a long time as well. When the opportunity arose to take a professional fight with ONE Championship, I decide...d that it was too big of a chance to give up. I wanted to test myself and see how far I could push myself on an international stage. The toughest period for me is having to sit on the sidelines when you're injured and unable to do anything. As MMA is a high impact sport, injuries occur often, no matter how careful you are in training. When you're used to training twice a day, six days a week and suddenly you are told by your doctor that you have to rest for an extended period of time, it can be very frustrating for an athlete as all you know is training and fighting.
I live by a quote "Don't let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big" and this helped me in every step of the way as I pursued my dream. The proudest moment of my life would be the night of my first professional fight, winning the championship in front of my family, friends, and 10,000 people. This is a memory I never forget - to see years of hard work rewarded is a feeling like no other.
At the moment, I am a full-time personal trainer, working for myself. About a year ago I retired from professional MMA. I coach general fitness, Boxing, and Muay Thai. As we are all aware, chasing passions is out of the norm in Singapore and it can be a very frustrating and difficult to do. But my advice to anyone who is on the fence about this is to just take the first step. That's always the hardest one. Get working, get moving in the right direction. If you have something you want to do, don't let anyone tell you no. You owe it to yourself to get out there and work for it. School and other work opportunities will always be there. While you're young, give it a shot. You never where that road will lead. It's okay to try and fail; It's not okay to not try."
"Music plays a big role in my life ever since I was a child. As I grew older, I discovered DJ-ing and fell in love with the idea of entertaining a crowd through playing music that they love at parties. I’ve been DJ-ing for about a decade, but I spent a good 5 years in between learning the ins and outs of DJ-ing and the rest of the 5 years in the club scene, doing the job professionally. I feel like what us DJs do is truly a service and I fell in love with that aspect of it, s...o I had to pursue it.
The toughest periods are probably when an influx occurred in your sector of the industry. When there are too many people doing the same thing you have to really take the time to figure out what sets you apart from every other person that gets behind the decks. This is usually what makes or breaks your career.
Currently, I’m the Entertainment Manager at Refuge Singapore, on top of being the official DJ for the rapper Shigga Shay.
Personally, I think the most important thing is putting time into your craft. You have to make sure that you’ve got the skill down to the smallest detail. After that, it’s all about finding your niche and what you have to offer in the industry. Work hard, and eventually, you will be spotted. Lastly never, ever, ever, give up."
A budding photographer and video producer, he is sure to capture every important moment and your heart as well 😉
Catch him at asyrafjalil.carbonmade.com to find out more!
"I’m the Creative Director and Founder of Styles From Beyond Clothing. I handle the creative aspects of the brand from design to branding.
SFB was originally an urban hip-hop dance crew with 11 members that started way back in 2001. How it came about was pretty corny at first but after much brainstorming, we took inspirations from the different dance styles/elements that we were able to do. We were always known by dance judges or fellow dancers for taking our performances up... a notch or just being different from other crews. That was how the name STYLES FROM BEYOND was formed.
What inspired me was actually my team. Individually we were all very talented. We don’t just dance, all of us were creatively talented. We have a graphic designer, photographer, videographer, music producer etc. I always believed that with our capabilities, we could turn SFB into an amazing brand with a parallel approach. We are not fashionably inclined but I have always wanted to create something that challenges us. I also had the vision that I could send a message with my aesthetics. We humbly started off with 5 members from the group when they placed their trust in me to lead SFB Clothing. In 2015, we released our first official collection - BEYOND.
The toughest period was, of course, raising our capital and sourcing for manufacturers and textile companies. In 2013, we traveled around Asia for about 2 years with our savings to find people to work with. A lot of them failed or did not live up to our expectations because the quality was our main priority. But, throughout this period, we learned a lot about fabrication and the process of creating a garment. We did not rush the process of building a brand, we took things one step at a time. The purpose was always to create with the best of our abilities without neglecting quality.
To all the youths struggling to pursue their passion, just do it and don’t ever be afraid to ask for HELP. Don’t hide inside your room and rant that you regret things that you could have done or could have been. You will never know if you don’t do it or even try. Go grab your friends or your family members and do something. It is okay to fail - only when you fail will you be able to know what works and what doesn’t."
"Since young, I am surrounded in an environment where I had the freedom to practice art but never understood art at an intellectual level. As a kid, I could never wrap my head around the theories of art. I just loved drawing and proudly presented them, even if it were a bunch of scribbles on a piece of paper. At 15, I've learned to not just make art 'look' good but to also use it to tell a story. There was an odd, aggressive craving to delve deeper whenever I read about a cer...tain piece of art. It’s like selecting, eating, and digesting a piece of the artist’s brain, as I view them as a part of the creator’s psyche. Aside from that, I still find a great amount of joy in painting/drawing, it brings about a sense of tranquillity and peace during creation and then satisfaction when it is completed. Like every other artist, I yearn to change the way people perceive things through my work. That’s what inspires me to strive and pursue art as a career!
It is never easy being an artist either as I constantly experience creative blocks. A creative block is a lack of or ‘dryness’ of ideas and imagination, which is likened to a major road block in my creative process. The feeling is made even more evident especially when you have the drive to start new projects but without any ‘resource’ or inspiration to draw from, or when you are commissioned by clients to produce a unique art piece but fail to get those creative juices flowing. Creative and mental fatigue also contributes to the many obstacles of an artist experience. The long hours put into working on an art piece can easily drain an artist whilst taking sporadic moments of breathers or stopping to rest can break the train of thought and momentum. That is why some artists like me finish work late or end up exhausted after a few projects. General repetition is also a certain challenge when doing art. While the idea is always different, the art direction and style remains the same. That is why I often tend to explore different forms and styles of art to not only broaden my practical knowledge but avoid ongoing fatigue!
One quote I live by and strive for is from a movie that I absolutely adore called Mad Max - “I live, I die! I live again!” – Nux, Mad Max Fury Road. The quote reminds me of the goal I wish to ultimately achieve as an artist, to be able to ‘live’ through my works even after my death. To impact society as I live and to continue doing so after my death."
"My mother was my first vocal critic in my pursuit of e-sports, but she changed her mind over time when she saw the media coverage I was getting from winning tournaments. Now that e-sports is growing in Singapore by leaps and bounds, she has become fully supportive of my goal of turning my passion into a for-profit business.
My name is Eugene Tay and I have been gaming for 19 years. I live, breathe and eat e-sports for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For 2 years plus, I worked... for Colosseum, which is a LAN Gaming Centre in Singapore, and have organized numerous tournaments and events to develop esports culture in Singapore. Today, I dedicate myself to managing No Use Talking (You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth).
I would’ve loved to make gaming my career back in the day, but opportunities were sparse. Fortunately for me, it’s a completely new world today, and I manage my team so that I can live vicariously through the young ones.
Newcomers to e-sports must be very sure about what they want out of this passion, and sustain the drive and determination to pursue it. Developing raw skill or ability in gaming is just a part of pursuing this passion. The determination in pursuing this passion means you have to not only be good at gaming, but you should also be receiving amazing grades in school at the same time.
Never fall into the trap of losing your temper – when you get mad, you get bad. Some gamers may have mind-blowing skills, but more often than not, they find themselves rejected from teams because of their poor or toxic behaviour. Great gamers must be mindful of this."
"I'm one of the fortunate ones that grew up around music. My mom's in the church choir so I've always been singing. Around 5 to 6 years ago I started posting covers on my YouTube channel and everything took off from there!
Music has always been in my blood; when people started to comment on my videos saying things like ""Hey you really inspire me to sing/pick up the guitar!"" it sort of inspires me as well - as cliché as it sounds, it inspires me to want to inspire people to ...follow their passion.
There are definitely tough periods, especially when I have mental blocks in writing music, songs, or when my music gets rejected. When it happens, I always feel so defeated, and I start to feel that maybe I'm not cut out for this.
Anything is possible when you really focus on it. Stay positive, don't give up. When you're chasing something that you love, you're definitely going to have people saying things like ""you'll never make it"", especially in Singapore where we place a greater emphasis on education. But you really can't let that defeat you.
I am a singer-songwriter, musician, dancer, as well as a video producer. As a solo artist, I'm really privileged to have been vocal features for several DJs, including Bounce Squad. I'm currently writing my own music and working on a single of my own, which is super exciting!"
"Photography and videography weren't things that I ever thought I'd pursue, but I've grown to love these art forms. For 2 years I've worked with artistes from the music scene and it has certainly been encouraging and surreal seeing my photos on the cover of JUICE magazines, let alone in cafes and other places as well.
My first adventure with my dad's old camera was to go on a mini road trip around Singapore. Ever since, it has always been about coming up with ideas and worki...ng with people to create visuals that would both represent them and myself. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” As cliche as it sounds, I strongly believe that a lot of effort and dedication goes into actually perfecting a craft, but when one executes it with love, it no longer feels like a 'job' but a true passion.
Not all my photos are picture perfect. There were countless occasions where what I captured doesn't come out the same way I envision it to be. I reckon that the toughest part of doing this is when you create something disappointing -
when you feel like it lacks flair or something special.
Ira Glass once said that this disappointment only exists because of your own taste. Your work might be bad but your taste is still killer and that’s why you have to keep creating and snapping to bridge that gap. Do whatever you do to the best of your abilities; do not look for recognition or approval of those around you. Work on your craft and the hours you spend on it will eventually pay off because, at the end of the day, you are building your own brand. That is how people will perceive you.
Lastly, surround yourself with like-minded people. They will definitely spur you on to work harder and be the best version of yourself and I am confident that my friends who are in this journey can vouch for this."
"I'm a full time drummer. Playing in bands, and sessioning for various artists of different genres. I started playing drums since I was 12, but doing this professionally for about 10 years now. To be honest, when I started playing drums, I knew it was the only thing that I want to do or be good at. So of course, I didn't care if I would make a living out if it, so long as I can keep doing what I love.
The toughest period I guess would be when you hit your plateau in terms of ...playing or in your life. When you constantly have to seek inspiration or force it out of you, which in turn, is not genuine. That's the period I feel when most people start giving up, but on the contrary, this is the time where you had to test yourself and keep pushing through.
Don't give up! Even when everything is going against you and it seems like it's the end of the tunnel, grind through, keep pushing, keep believing in yourself. Use whatever negativity you have in you as fuel to achieve what you're set out to do. Because you are your worst enemy.
Of course, one of my produest moment in life is when I was playing for GentleBones EP launch at the Esplanade, and we came on for an encore, the crowd actually sang an entire chorus back to us, it was magical, I had goosebumps all over, and mind you, I had noise cancellation earphones. "
"Times were tough when I struggled at the start of pursuing my passion of building beautiful products the world would use. I dropped out of school, broke a scholarship bond and was mired in debt when I started out. To top things off, negativity set in when critics dissed me for being young, unproven, brash as I ventured into industries with huge traditional incumbents. As someone who needs his 7-hours of uninterrupted rest to function throughout the day, I had to get used to ...the shortened sleep my friends warned me of. Giving up would certainly have been the easiest option, but I knew that one day I would rue myself for not trying hard enough. So I pressed on, because as cheesy as the old adage is, what doesn't break you makes you stronger. And you need all the strength you can build up because to be the leading 1% at your craft, you ought to outwork all the remaining 99%.
Today, I am the Founder and CEO of Spout Entertainment Group. Spout is a gaming company built by gamers, for gamers and this is at the core of all we do. I've always believed that our gamers can cut it out on the global stage.
Dare to dream, because people love others with passion and a clear vision of what they want to do. My friends used to joke that ""Dare"" is my first name and whilst the literal pronunciation holds true, if you genuinely believe that whatever you're doing is legal, will benefit others and is something you truly love, then make a brave leap of faith. After that, burn your return ticket back to shore because from that point onwards, work your butt off and focus on being the best that you can be. Stay humble, because ""tall trees face strong winds"", so make sure you stay grounded and absorb all the wisdom you can from your predecessors. If you need to take on a day job and pursue your passions at night or over the weekends, then make it work. Don't be shy to ask for support, because convincing others is going to be one of the first few challenges you need to overcome. Take all skepticism with a pinch of salt, especially those online because they aren't going to affect you. Stay hungry, fight for what you love. And you're going to make everyone who love you really proud of you."
"We are a group of friends aspiring to be filmmakers to tell stories and messages through the lens of the camera. We produce heartwarming, emotional films and sometimes comedies, and people often label us as ""Waterworks"" (because of our tear-jerking content).
Initially, we had no interntion to pursue YouTube as a career. We were merely a group of friends, with a burning passion and looking for a outlet to release our creative juices. As we made more and more films, we were ...fuled by the very supportive comments and encouragements from our viewers that propelled us to creating more original content.
It has always been a constant challenge for each and everyone of us to do what we love amidst our busy schedules; 2 films a month was no easy feat. At the end of the day, when we look back at how far we've grown and how much we've achieved, the blood, sweat, and tears will all be worthwhile. Tough times never last but there will always be tough times throughout.
It has definitely been a fruitful and inspiring journey thus far. To all the youths out there, focus on the positive thing and don't lose sight of what you believe in. One day, you'll get there "
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