"Passion takes dedication. Dedication takes commitment. Commitment is an attitude. You need to have the right attitude to continue in the act of accomplishing your goal. Which is to give purpose in passion and exert what I’m capable of."
1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us more about the experiences that you offer through Verlocal?
I graduated from art college and have always been interested in art. Since young, I enjoyed art and developed a passion for it. I thought, if I enjoyed doing what I love doing I should share this with those who want to try and get into the act of art making. Verlocal has given me this opportunity to connect with the public and become a teacher in the process. I started Magicten Art Studio to offer an experience on the use of resin and its possibilities; creating your own home décor, craft items, jewelry and more. It is for those who are looking for a new hobby, or want to exercise the creative mind. This experience allows you to apply imagination to creation.
2. Tell us about your background: When did you first become inspired to do what you love?
I was working on a craft project for myself early this year, and I needed to decide on a material to complete the piece. In research, I chanced upon resin. I did not know much about resin then so I had to start from the beginning. After much research and exploration, I realized that resin very versatile and adaptable to other types of materials. I embarked on this as a hobby and created many items. The possibilities are endless. I realized that Singapore does not offer such workshops with the opportunity to learn about this specific material, nor the space to develop artistry for resin. I have the knowledge in hand, and wanted to teach what I know. Thus came to birth of my workshop, Magicten Art Studio. Magicten - represents your ten fingers, you create magic and anything with your imaginative mind with the extensions of your hands.
3. What does your passion mean to you?
I couldn’t have done this without the support of my family to pursue my passion. They understand my attachment to art and how much enjoyment it gives me. It keeps my drive going and helps me continue doing what I’m good at. The motivation is to become better at what I am good at and develop it further. Setting goals are easy, but accomplishing them is an uphill task, though not impossible. This became the main driving force of my work; regret not your passions, reap satisfaction and happiness in turn. Why choose to wake up to something you can’t find fulfillment in?
4. How has Magicten impacted your community and the people who support it?
Magicten has been running for a little over 2 months, and I have been receiving positive feedback from the students. Some find the experience relaxing, not thinking of work or feeling pressures from life. This comes as a surprise to them as their hands are always moving to match up to the ideas coming from the creative mind. Resin is a unique material and it seems to open up doors to a new artistic path. It is something they have never experimented on before, yet this allows them to loosen up, creating a relaxing and therapeutic experience. Some return for second workshop and bring their friends, this makes me happy as it is an indication that I am doing something right.
5. Tell us about your biggest achievement since you started Magicten?
Since opening the doors of Magicten, the awareness for this material has begun and word is spreading. This is the whole purpose isn’t it, to have people know what Magicten is about. I don’t expect it to spread like a wild-fire, but I’m definitely making an impact on the community! Not everyone will know about your business or what you’re about, not everyone will be interested. You can only reach so far as much as you can. My achievement is that I have students coming back for seconds and wanting more. They bring their friends because they as well want to share what they’ve enjoyed.
6. What was your biggest challenge when you first started your business?
Having a vision is not enough, to construct your vision was my challenge. Vision is just the start of an idea. Nonetheless as it comes along you progress and it eventually builds. Building an architect (brand) you need a strong foundation, it is the ground base which your vision lies upon and where your business will grow.
7. What inspires you to continue building and improving your business?
There is always something new that can be done, this is to keep the business going and keep it interesting. Coming up with new ideas so consumers can return for more or finding ways to appeal to those who have yet to try their hands at the craft of resin. I hope this shows the community the joy it brings to me and they can enjoy it too. It purely is fun!
8.What made you want to pursue your passion and become a host?
Passion takes dedication. Dedication takes commitment. Commitment is an attitude. You need to have the right attitude to continue in the act of accomplishing your goal. Which is to give purpose in passion and exert what I’m capable of.
This is teaching, although not just an art form, but anything is achievable when you have the right attitude. So teaching others is what inspires me; to teach the things I love doing, I truly do enjoy in what I’m doing. My purpose is to share with others with what you can create and it's not that hard! With this direction, you give your best service to your students and convince them that they can do it too, maybe creating better than me.
9.What are your goals for the future?
At the moment I’m starting small and still learning, gradually to grow my own business and understand customer’s needs, coming to know how much more I still need to do, and how to progress. It is like having an option to order either a whole cake or just a slice of it; you don’t want to have a whole cake you can’t finish, so just take a slice for now. Eventually when I’ve got a clearer perspective of my brand, I’d like to move to a bigger space and cater to more people. When that happens, include materials in the workshops, alongside resin art so there will be a bigger market for different audiences. Everybody gets a chance!
10.What advice can you give to people who want create a business from doing what they love?
You need to have the knowledge first. You have to believe first. Have the right attitude first. Know your skills first. Know what is possible first, and what is not. Be ready to accept you don’t always get what you want, but welcome what you don’t understand. You don’t always want to meet the people you want to meet, but you will. You eventually will have to find answers to your questions because no one is going to do it for you. There is always a solution – to everything! You have choices to make your decisions, your opportunity. It is whether you want to or not. When you are ready to test your capability, do it, when you have so much ready, when you know so much by now, what do you have to lose? Don’t be scared, it is your quest and you are already half way through it with this attitude. Most of all, have fun!
Join Mimi as she spreads the joy and love of resin to everyone in Singapore and the world! She's holding classes for you to teach you how to create your very own products!
Photo Credits : Olivia Kwok