The Calling?

April 5, 2006 at 12:04 am (Uncategorized)

Let’s face it – everyone want’s to be famous. The only thing that defers, is the way we do it.

Some people have it easy – they’re either rich, good looking, or in extreme cases, both.

Rich people can buy their way into stardom, or rather, get stardom knocking on their front door. Without even lifting a finger, people come knocking on their doors – inviting them to charity galas, calling them up for sponsorship, or in most cases, plain sucking up in hopes of leeching off some riches.

Now, before I sound like sour grapes, let me tell you this – if the said rich person got rich off his/her own effort (i.e. working their asses/brains off), then hats off to them. They definately deserve the lime light. What I can’t take is their offspring / groupies, who just plain leech off their riches while reaping off the benefits of being rich – they get all the chicks, all the fame, all the exclusivity and all the groupies. But then again, fuck that. I wouldn’t be happy basking off some one elses glory.

Good looking people get their fair share of free pub – i.e. commercials, acting roles, modeling assignments etc… but technically, it isn’t their fault they don’t have to work for it. They were born with good looking genes, so yeah… bravo to you.

Now, before I start sounding like a headless chicken (i.e. I’m not making a point), or a rabid bitch barking madly (i.e. I’m just cussing everyone else), I want to point out that I am not bitter with:

a. The world
b. The rich people
c. The good looking people
d. People in general
e. Myself
f. My situation
g. The human race
h. Did I mention the world?

p.s. I’m not drunk either, bitch.

So since I’m not bitter (for fucken once) you might be wondering to yourself, “what the FUCK are you going on and on about then?“. Well, I guess this post stemmed from a question some one asked me recently.

Q: How do you enjoy working in the media industry so far?
A: So far so good lor
Q: Good… So do you think you’ll stay in your line for a long time?
A: Don’t know leh… I guess so…
Q: Ah, don’t want to try other things meh?
A: Want!
Q: Like what?
A: *confidence* LIKE *end confidence* … I … don’t know leh
Q: Tiu.

Well, I spent a few sleepless nights pondering over that question, and after projecting my possible career tree, I think I’ve finally come up with the answer.

Career Tree
(Ok, so it’s not really a tree…)

Writer -> Senior Writer -> Assistant/Deputy Editor -> Editor -> Editor-in-Chief

Time Line

1 YR -> 1.5-2 YR -> 2.5 YR -> 3 YR -> *insert date current EIC resigns* YR

At first glance, the career path might seem pretty straight forward – even more so as my editorial team consists of a whopping 3 (THREE) staff. So much for healthy competition eh?

I like what I do – and I think I can do it pretty well too. I enjoy my job; or rather I enjoy the environment in which I do my job. It’s not exactly the boiling pot people make it out to be, nor is it the stroll in the park some friends think it is. There’s a good balance of challenge, freedom, stress and creativity involved, but on the flipside, there’s a massive amount of responsibility, multi tasking and occasional pressure resting on my shoulders.

I don’t wish to fuck up in my job, even though I have already made some major fuck ups to date. I have a good team and a good mentor, and I really appreciate them, but somehow I did realize that maybe my true calling isn’t in the magazine industry.

You guys probably know me best as a sarcastic loud mouthed joker, and I’m thinking that since I’m neither rich, good looking, overly talented, unboundedly creative and uberly hard working, I might stand a good chance at making money through the only thing I’m good at – making an ass out of other people.

Posting about my future plans on a blog that’s openly accessable to the world (i.e. colleagues), I might not post much juicy juicy here. For the record, I am not saying that I’m going to/planning to quit my job any time soon, but rather, I’d like to state that I’m going to do more and more research/look for more and more jalan to get my arse into the road I want to travel.

Wish me luck peeps, I’m going to need it!

p.s. I’ve shamelessly added a donation button on the right hand bar. Heh heh heh. Come on guys, help me finance my dreams!!

Shameless self promotion @ Stuff MY March 2006


  1. Shirleybebe said,

    Go ahead… All de best!


  2. Sheerbliss said,

    don’t worry.. u’ve got what it takes to be an EIC!! werny’s on a mag!! woot!

  3. Anonymous said,

    career tree is not carved in stone…. important thing is u enjoy wat you do, dude!

  4. AH LOK KOR said,

    Follow your heart……Have a clear & focused vision of your goals. Most importantly, be honest with yourself. With the right attitude, I can’t find any reason why you can’t succeed………May your journey bring you great experience & memories….

  5. Anonymous said,

    fuck the world man… do what u wanna do as long as it gets u something to eat.
    if u are bound to be rich, even when u are taking a fucking dump the inspiration will come.

    All of us do not have a problem, we have fucking problemS. PLURAL!!

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