Tell us a little bit about what you do as an executive producer.
I spend my days managing creative briefs from clients, doing budgets and managing clients and a production team. Most days are a mix of creative chaos and strategic processes.
Something that excites you about your work is:
Getting a storyboard that is challenging to bring to life and meeting new creative minds that see the world in unique colours, shapes, and forms.
We love your shirt! Share with us what being a feminist means to you.
To me, Feminism is not just a women’s movement that aims to gain superiority over men. Contrary to what biased media outlets in this country may depict, Feminism is simply the belief in equality for all, regardless of gender. It works towards eliminating toxic masculinity, eradicating disparities in healthcare and education and empowering women who have been oppressed. Feminists today must strive to change the gender norms while also promoting healthy behaviours, perspectives, and attitudes for everyone, not just for women and girls.
We heard that you’re into DJ-ing! Tell us a little bit on how you first got started.
I grew up in a home that was filled with a love of music. We were always surrounded by vinyls, musicians and access to live music. When I met my husband who is a sound engineer and DJ—he thought my playlists were really good and that I should try my hand at DJ-ing. I’m not a superb mixer but a great selekta! I started playing at a local bar and it grew. When we moved to Singapore three years ago, we started an Afro music event called Afrodisia at The Projector to bring music from home to South East Asia. It has been both cathartic and fulfilling to witness the reactions to our sounds here.
If you could choose a song that would play every time you walked into a room, what would it be?
This is a tough one! There are so many that I would choose! Perhaps Yegellle Tezeta by Mulatu Astatke or Party People by Jazz Spastiks.
If you could give yourself an advice before you became a parent, what would it be?
Your children are your gurus—treat them with respect and kindness. They are magic beings here to make you grow into a better version of yourself.
What’s the toughest part about parenthood that no one really discusses?
Most people treat children as if they are not intelligent. They are disregarded when it comes to their thoughts and feelings. This comes with the idea that we have power over them, a sense of “we know better and they know less”. This disrespect really irks me. No one yells at me when I knock my drink over—they hand me a towel. Why do we think that we can do this to our children? I think our respect for others starts with respect for our children.
What’s something you’d never tattoo on your body?
I ink visions from my dreams on me, so it doesn’t leave much out of the scope! I’m always open to tattoo roulette and if I was dared to get a ridiculous tattoo–I’d do it if it was small and at a place no one can see.