July 17, 2015

May Your Biggest Dreams Scare You

I challenged myself to accomplish one big project over the holidays. It has been a while since I made any videos that were not for school related work and I thought what better way to make one than during this break.

And so it began.

Fuelled with the panic of turning a year older along with the onset of greater expectations and confusion, I sorted through various ideas to come up with a script. On that note, I nary to think how I'll take my next birthday, or even the subsequent ones for that matter.

With an initial draft, I started checking many items off the list. I rallied the help of my friends, scouted for locations and kept telling myself at the back of my mind that this was a terrible idea altogether.

The constant push and pull to accomplish this little

endeavour continued right through the very end. 

In the end I realised that if I was this frightened and terrified of my creative work, I'm probably on the right track. At least I could learn something from all of this.

I recall running on adrenaline throughout the actual shoot, all the while dealing with requisite scares. Along the way I was given a timely reminder:

All the best laid plains go out the window

once the first shot is fired.

Now here we are and I've got a completed short film on my hands. It was quite the experience and in part a result of telling myself to work within the constraints and limitations I had. I learned so much more about myself than I thought I would and in the end, I think I succeeded in that respect.

June 19, 2015

Every Night Should End With Fireworks

It was quite a thrill getting to watch the closing ceremony of the SEA Games live. For me, scoring last minute tickets to the show was the closest to being at the National Day Parade. We each got a bag full of favours, were treated to fireworks and even got a chance to get down to the track area to mingle with the performers. Taxpayer money never looked this beautiful against the night sky.

In other news, the days and weeks are blending into each other and I'm losing track of how fast the holidays are going by. We're somewhere in the middle of the second act and I'm looking forward to the exciting conclusion in the coming weeks.

Also it just occurred to me that there is a recurring theme running through my photo set. Maybe it's all a commentary on how we live our lives from behind a screen? Who knows.

May 21, 2015

How The Theatre Is Food For The Soul

It's comforting to know that no matter where life takes us, the theatre will always be there ready to welcome with open arms.

Coming close to a decade of ties with the club I can safely say you never really leave the theatre. It was almost automatic on my visit last week to find something to do. There always is.

Having a few familiar faces greet you is a bonus. They are the friends who started out as mentors and are now partners.

For a brief moment the rush of everyday life receded from view as the four walls of the blackbox encloses you into a world devoid of time and space. It's really quite special. There's only you the audience and the performance on stage. No other distractions to take you out from the magic of theatre.

May 04, 2015

Quit Being All Over The Place

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

You got to know this. And you got to know this right. There's just way too many things out there vying for your limited attention. You don't have all the time in the world to worry about these things all at once. It's just not humanly possible.

Instead, you have to consider single-tasking and take things slow. Narrow your focus on a few things you're good at. Remember, this is not the same as giving up the gun. You're maximising your time by spending every moment doing the thing you're exceptionally good that. Leave it to the bodybuilders to worry about having ripped torsos, let influencers mind their filtered feeds and the same goes for everything else.

You might not want to admit it right now, but you already know a couple of things you're good at. You're just afraid to say it. You're afraid of the "What if that doesn't work out?" when instead you should worry about the "What if this is it?". No one in any strategic manoeuvre would venture putting all their eggs in the same basket. But when you vote for comfort over risk, you essentially close off another dimension of opportunity that awaits. Then comes the barrage of "What ifs" that will plague you incessantly.

There's no time to waste trying to be all over the place. Get away from all the noise and look deep within for the answer is there in plain sight. It always was.

May 03, 2015

To Catch A Birthday Boy

I spent the Labour Day holiday living out scenes from the movie Taken. It was the 21st birthday of a close friend and a couple of us guys came together to stage a surprise kidnap. After a ton of discussion and careful planning between different chat groups we managed to pull it off. 

It was a whole lot of fun seeing familiar faces after a long absence and everybody was on the ball as the operation played out. Our actual plan had escalated far beyond our initial harmless ideas but it was all worth it. The amount of coordination while remaining as quiet as possible so as to not raise suspicion of our dear friend was intense. In the end, we pulled off one hell of a surprise and I couldn't be happier for that.