The ‘secret formula’ for succeeding in the creative industries is out – and no, the key ingredient isn’t creativity. Two MICA scholars weigh in on the burgeoning fashion and media sectors.
By Kevin Lim
With the push towards greater recognition in the creative industries, more and more creative professionals are getting the recognition that they truly deserve. We meet two scholars who reveal more about the burgeoning arts and heritage sectors.
By Eliza Hamizah
“It’s a misconception that local talent equals to bad talent. I’ve seen many gifted local youth designers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians,” enthuses Kok Tse Wei.
The 30-year-old, who is a serious weekend trombonist with a local wind orchestra, is the Assistant Director for Youth Arts in the National Art Council. His role places him in the perfect position to make such a statement; he talks to fellow arts enthusiasts, organises festivals, meets youths in talent auditions, and shapes the arts landscape by influencing and formulating policies.
Another common myth that 21-year-old Dominic Low wants to dispel is that someone in the creative industries has to be ‘arty-farty’.
Two individuals in the Creative Industries show you what life can become when you unleash your creativity and live your dreams.
By Charlene Tan
Seated in the 6000-seater Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios Hollywood for the wrap-up party of DreamWorks Animation’s 2010 3D computer-animated fantasy film, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, 39-year-old Wong Hock Hian felt a rush of satisfaction.
“After a good decade in the film industry, never have I felt my work more vindicated when I saw the film. It has wonderful story telling and great visuals. It is truly one of those projects that I am proud to be a part of,” says Hock Hian.
The 39-year-old has come a long way from his student days in the Art Elective Programme (AEP) where his latent interest in the creative industries was nurtured.
Singapore has embraced art, design and music as viable economies, and has executed various incentives and programmes to develop local creative talent. For would-be artists, musicians and filmmakers, it means more money. And if that isn't enough, what’s cooler than telling your friends that you’re a creative?
By Edwin Tam
Jeremy Monteiro and Olivia Ong; Royston Tan and :phunk studios.
One’s a jazz pianist and another’s a singer; he’s a filmmaker and they’re a graphic design collective.
You might have seen, heard or experienced their works in movies, concerts, posters, or even on television. That’s not too surprising as they are part of Singapore’s creative industries – defined as “industries which are inspired by cultural and artistic creativity and have the potential to create economic value”.