*Note from Founder :
Last Friday, 17 Oct 2014, I was invited to talk about a grand topic ‘Arts Development in Malaysia’ by the wonderful hosts Grace and Gowri. But really, it was more about my humble little website that you are on right now and the small things we do in the rich and wonderful world of the creative arts in Malaysia. I am truly humbled whenever I get invitations of this nature. And it doesn’t happen often. There are people, collectives and organisations in existence out there doing way, way more than WAMM has ever done to date despite being around for approximately 8 years now since 2006.
In this little 29 min interview, I talk about :
- The humble beginnings of WAMM
- How WAMM got it’s name (*spoiler* : My then girlfriend, and now wife gave me the idea)
- What is WAMM’s greatest difficulty (*spoiler* : We need more contributors or as I said before, we need more mavericks)
- And some boring stuff about my background
On a very personal level, when I was but a wee child of 9, or maybe even younger. A thought occurred to me that I am just a dot in a sea of dots, some bigger and shinier than others. The likelihood of my dot becoming a circle encompassing other dots and elevating all to greater heights was something that I aspired towards but never yearned for. However, I never was content just being a dot. I felt like I had to do something. Even if I may never make that transition into becoming the all encompassing circle. I had to do something. This led me to form a simple principle that I’ve lived by for most of my life so far.
When it comes to doing something good or something that you’re passionate about, in order to stay sane when going up against a wall. I believe in this : “Do what you can, when you can, for as long as you can and do it as often as you can.”
So, this is WAMM, doing what it can, when it can, for as long it can and will keep on friggin’ doing it for as long as it can.
Hope you enjoy the interview. And thanks again Durian ASEAN for inviting little ‘ole me. Hope to do it again!