When I was fresh out of school after SPM, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life.
Admit it, a lot of us KNOW what we want... we just never know how to go about it. Thus making it unreachable but by imagination, thus making it improbable, thus... leaving us no option but to deal with a 'reality' that leaves us with something that wasn't in our list of 'wants'.
I wanted to be everything everyone else grew up wanting to be - fireman, doctor, lawyer, engineer...secret agent and rockstar. The usual stuff.
When I finished SPM - honestly I had no clue to what I wanted to be... I liked writing - hated the whole syllabus of mass comms I heard friends told about. My other love was music.
And a friend aroused my interest when he suggested we go for sound and audio engineering which I had no clue about.
Like everyone else (back then at least), we didn't know what the music making process was like. Nope. No Internet back then (starting to feel REALLY old). Didn't have a clue what a sound engineer did. The first time I stepped into studio at Ocean Institute of Audio Technology - my second ever (after dropping by SAE (Sound and Audio Engineering) college in PJ - I knew I wanted to make music or have something to do with the studios.
It was a magical feeling. I knew I was in love! With music!
So I enrolled, and also almost graduated (had to repeat two papers) for my Diploma.
When I started working, I zoomed through doing practical work as production crew and eventually various jobs to do with sound, but nothing that took me to the studio.
Somehow, after changing my minds several times, I went for my second love - journalism. With no right qualifications, I learnt my way from the bottom as a cadet journalist.
After some 16 years, I quit journalism to go full time into social media - and music... after dabbling in things since I started blogging that opened new avenues, added with the contacts I had made in the entertainment business (as well as the wealth of knowledge).
Now - it's come full circle.
I have finally made the decision...to open my own studio.
No, this is not a picture of it. Want it to look something like this though.
And my groundwork has already begun. Hopefully I'll be able to own my own little training center. Recording and performing studio, dance studio and much more in one, incorporating what I've learned through the years about social media.
I don't know how it'll go, but this is the happiest I've been for the longest time.
I feel like I'm home. I feel like I'm stepping into the studio again.. some 18 years ago.
Am praying this will be a success and I can contribute more the Malaysian music industry...
...especially since my studio will not only be open to the local music industry community - but also FREE for grooming and scouting new talents. Can't wait!