Intrepidity: A Storyboard about my Pursuit of Passion.
·(Apr 12 2012): Every great dream begins with a dreamer. This is my story so far. Update (Aug 20 2014): Since then, I've worked at startups, at a national…
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6: When I was 15, I was chosen to join the Hong Kong Union of Young Leaders. There, I met inspiring people who encouraged us to venture out and see more of the world, to experience different cultures, to adopt different lifestyles. Due to my grandfather being hospitalized for years, I had postponed my plans to study overseas until then. I asked my parents, “If not now, when?”
9: Without the opportunity to learn Graphics Design (there was no internet access at the boarding house, so self-learning was not an option), Visual Arts was initially my favourite subject. Unfortunately, my teacher was a very talented (and subjective) artist who believed my cartoonish style towards most artworks did not display sufficient professionalism. My artworks scored poorly. [Above: One of my Year 10 artworks about global warming.]
10: I tried to teach myself drama. The drama teachers gave me handouts and let me observe rehearsals. The curriculum was about Australian history and culture. Being a foreigner, I didn’t understand what my classmates were saying and none of them were patient enough to explain. I showed the teachers a script I wrote and they advised me it’d be more suitable as a short film or movie and encouraged me to pursue film and screen production at uni.
To Change Your Life...
11: Being overseas away from my family was hard, but being the only Asian at my school was even harder. With racism, average grades, and homesickness troubling me, I started to draw in my spare time to seek happiness. And since I didn’t get to learn graphic design, I decided to use a mouse to draw cartoons on my computer. Right click, Zoom in, Draw, Zoom out, Click, Right Click, Zoom in, Draw…and the pattern would go on for hours…
15: By the end of Year 11, everyone seemed to have accepted the Asian import (me) into the community, and fortunately I was no longer shadowed by racism at school. My schoolmates invited me to visit their farms and meet their families, this change also signaled a change for the better in my grades and helped subside my homesickness. [Above: Me on a farm in Mundubbera, QLD]
17: My uncle was once a TV Producer, and my cousin is an actress. I asked them if they would help me talk to my parents about my area of study. To my surprise both of them told my parents that I would earn very little money and that the industry was not suitable for me. So I was told that I had to become a doctor. [Above: Have you seen the outdoor billboard for promoting the film “Contagion”? A pretty cool execution but I was unable to pin the video up here.]
Dream big and dare to fail.
19: During my first internship at a film and video production agency in Singapore, I was told that creativity plays a vital role in advertising. But I was more attracted by the fact that as a copywriter I’d get to write TV commercial scripts, which I initially thought was very similar to writing scripts for short films. [Above: One of my favourite TV commercials - Road Safety in the UK]
21: And then it struck me. “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” ― Joseph Campbell There will always be injustice in this world; but I want to be part of the solution. I want to contribute my creativity for a greater cause. [Above: Can't remember where I took this photo, it was somewhere in the middle of Queensland I think.]
22: Working together with like-minded people, I want to use creative ideas to put together great campaigns for non-profit organizations, positively influence people around the world. [Above: The team at non-profit organization A Worthy Cause, established just last year. We had more than 300 people attended our flagship event – Leap to Literacy Charity Ball! The event was aimed at raising funds and awareness for Aboriginal Literacy Foundation and Learning Links.]
Columbia University, Take Two
24: I joined QUT’s AMPed Student Society as a member, and later on, the executive team as their Communication Officer. I went around to different lectures and tutorial classes, encouraging international students to learn and experience Australia’s Advertising, Marketing, and PR Industry through AMPed. [Above: This photo might be slightly irrelevant – this is the Havemeyer Hall, at Columbia University, New York. This lecture hall is used in both Ghostbusters movies.]