Today I was reminded of a lot of good things in life. A lot of things that have happened over the past couple of months, as I began my journey in ACJC, and continue it till now, and beyond.
Errr… I’m not sure where to begin, but I suppose the start is a good place.
Early 2015, just before the GCE O Level results came out, and I was still happy-go-lucky, running around and all, I went for the ACJC Open House. And well, everyone was nice, but not in a warm way – in a very… crazy way… and I’m trying to put this nicely, but allow me to place it crudely – I didn’t like it one bit. It all seemed to artificial and fake to me. And so my friends and I all said the same thing, “Nah, I don’t think I want to come here. Not at all.”
The results came out a little later.
And so I decided I wanted to do the IB Programme, and I knew I wouldn’t get into ACS Independent, so I set my heart on SJI Independent, where the system of IB appealed to me so much, I delved into it, and I set my life around it, dreaming about it.
And I didn’t get it.
When I wrote my options for JAE, I wrote SJI, ACSI (because I was hooked on IB), ACJC, NYJC, and some other JCs around my mark range. I was surprised at myself – not a single Polytechnic Course in sight. But anyway, when I got into ACJC, I have to say, I was unbelievably happy. I never wanted to get into ACJ, but when I did I was so glad… because I really didn’t like any of the other JCs I put down, and before I checked which school I got into, I already had a feeling I wouldn’t be doing the IB Programme.
I didn’t really know anything about the school, to be honest. But I knew what CCAs I would be interested in – Photography, Film, Writing… maybe I’d even pick up a sport. Student Council, if they would have me. Theatre was never an option… until I went for the Drama Elective Programme introductory lecture.
So I went for the audition. But even now, I think it’s just because I wanted to prove myself for some reason. I was this close to skipping my audition. And I guess… fate had it that my legs brought me to the Black Studio (which, by the way, was the wrong studio – but that’s another story). And I was really into it when I performed again, even if just during the audition.
And so I got in, and I took DEP as a subject.
And I never expected to join ACSian Theatre. I didn’t know if that was what I wanted.
But I discovered it was more than what I wanted when I went for that audition. On the audition day, I had intended to just be a crew member. I was ready for that. To be backstage all the time. I wanted that. And then we walked past the studio, and Raj was dancing to Uptown Funk, which was to be our audition song, and well, I was into it. It was so infectious – the rhythm, the dancing, so I said, “Can I try out?”
I just wanted to open my options. I never dreamed I’d get in – I never dreamed I’d want to get in.
And I’ve been in a lot of stuff so far. And I regret nothing.
I don’t regret going into the tech box for Amadeus and Day I Met the Prince. I don’t regret it at all. I loved doing the sound. Even if I was just pressing buttons and shifting sliders to adjust the volume. It was satisfying to see the cast calm and collected by remaining so myself – when the music hit right. on. cue. They know it’s coming. They don’t need to wait. They hit it right on mark. It’s beautiful. It’s a beautiful thing to be a part of.
But I love performing. It makes me happy to perform for others – for the audience. I smile because I love it. It’s so… light-hearted. I can’t help but smile.
The Theatre is where my heart lies. I love being in Students’ Council (which is another story), but Theatre is where my heart is. I love every aspect of it. I love the people here. Everything just welcomes me warmly here. It’s where I want to stay.
written 21 July 2015, completed 25 July 2015