What do you do for a living?
I am the Artistic & Executive director of Sing’Theatre, a professional theatre company whose motto is “performing for a better society”.
What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?
I am most proud of a program called “365 Days of Music@SingHealth” that aims to bring one hour of live music each day to a public hospitals within the SingHealth group .
This program began in October 2019 and was put on hold end of January 2020 because of the COVID pandemic. I was devastated when the program stopped as it was years of hard work down the drain. But within a few months of getting used to the “new normal”, we adapted to the situation and now; we are bringing a live concert, 5 days a week for 30 minutes each day in one of those SingHealth hospitals, but online!
What’s the biggest risk you have taken?
Every time we produce a show, we take a big risk. We are committed to spend a few hundred thousands of dollars to produce the show (pay the venue, the sets, rent the equipment, pay all the cast , musicians and creatives) and there is no turning back. You are certain of your expenses but your income is totally uncertain! You just hope that you will find some sponsors and sell tickets. When I began in 2007, it was very stressful , as I had to create a reputation from scratch.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
Look always at what you have with you to succeed in a project , don’t look at what you don’t have.
What is your hidden talent?
I don’t have any. I am just determined to make my dreams come true and I work very hard for it.
If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?
The power to eat anything I want without putting on weight!!! I am such a foodie!!
What was the best vacation you ever took and why?
The best vacation I had was with my daughter A who was 16 years old at that time. This happened 2 years ago, it was just the both of us in New York City watching 10 musicals in 7 days.
What is one of your favourite quotes?
Never take a No for an answer
What makes you feel at peace?
I am happy when I feel that I make a difference in the life of others, whether it is the patients for which we sing for in hospitals, or the students I teach musical theatre. I feel a sense of peace and contentment, whenever I see them growing in self-confidence and skills.