I begin my madcap adventure back in 2006, after graduating with a Diploma in Mass Communication from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. I still remember back during my days in both primary and secondary schools, I was not exposed to any drama classes at all. Unlike today, students back then were just told to concentrate on academic progress.
It was only in polytechnic that I soon discovered my lifelong passion - Drama. I still remember that there was this point of time, the club I was in had Adlin Mosbit as our guest trainer to train the club for about 5 months. And in those 5 months, I fell in love with drama (the head-over-heels kind).
And all I could think at that point of time was that I want to be in theatre. I want to make theatre a career choice. I never looked back since then.
Upon graduation, I immediately joined Sentosa as one of their roving characters in Images of Singapore and stayed there for about 4 years before I finally decided to go on my own path and be a freelance performer.
Since then, I've had the honour of working with brilliant directors like Christina Sergeant, Jonathan Lim and Rayann Condy. I've been nominated as the best new talent in Short and Sweet Festival 2007, Singapore and "Best Actor" in a 24hour theatre project/competition organsied by Masakini Theatre in Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur.
Of course, as a performer, I also believe that whatever skills that I have acquired through the many productions that I've performed, should be shared with the younger generation. I believed and still believe that these skills are not only essential in making one a better performer, but also a better person in general. Qualities like
confidence and clarity in speech are some of the life skills that can be learnt and taught through drama, and these are the skills that I wished to impart through the programmes that I've created over the years.
And as a performer and a director, I also felt that sometimes simplicity works best in sending the poignant messages to the audience. A theatre piece without "frills" is less likely to distract the audience from what matters most.
On a final note, here is something that I've discovered through the journey I've had so far:
In Drama, we learn empathy. In Simplicity, we learn focus and the abundance in nothingness.
Through Experience, we are humbled.
Adi Jamaludin has a Specialist Diploma in Arts Eduction from NTU-NIE and is currently completing his Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from Singapore University of Social Sciences.