It takes a whole lot of courage, a great deal of confidence and perhaps a little bit of crazy to pursue your dreams. After all, it is easier to settle with the ordinary, but who said we were normal? We only have one life, and we deserve to give it our best shot.
In this series, Moxie would like to invite you on a journey of growth, empowerment, strength and faith. We want to share the successes of women who are at the pinnacles of their domains. Here, you’ll get a peek into their world, how they have emerged from the odds, creating that little sparkle in their lives. In reading about their stories, we hope that you will be encouraged by them and take your first step towards realising your dreams.
Our next story tells of a passionate film maker, fashion enthusiast and a cheery, outspoken lady, Ang Geck Geck. Incredibly talented and hardworking, she won the Short Fiction Award for her final year project during the 4th Singapore Film Awards. Now, 4 years later, Gecks (as her friends call her) is still laser focused on her pursuing her dreams.
“Like the lizard, Gecko but without the ‘o’” with an introduction like this, we knew this was going to be a fun interview. She is however, nothing like the cold-blooded reptile. Instead, Geck emanates a familiar warmth, like an old friend, inviting us to delve into her world.
At the outset of this shoot, we foolishly thought we could direct the Director. Before we knew it, we were taking instructions from Geck. “This angle is better… I will give you the cue to snap.” But these weren't instructions out of frustration. “For me, it’s always a collaboration with my actors. I respect them as professionals, and they return that respect.” We gladly subject ourselves to her directions.
Words can convey a message but film can deliver emotions. For Geck, film is not just an expression of her feelings, it is a voice for the weak and minority too. “Certain topics are very sensitive, and it is difficult to verbalise the struggles of people. But through film, you can say so much more.”
“..some people have a hard time trying to get out of their darkness, but when they can relate to the films, they don’t feel that lonely.”
“Film chose me.”
Is this what a true calling sounds like?
“I am not running away, I am running towards my goal”.
“To become an international film director recognised by the Cannes and ultimately, Oscars.”
What about the bread and butter?
Her reply simple and clear, “For me it’s very important (to be passionate about it), filming is not about the bread and butter, I had to survive on $2 a day, or less than that."
"So I’d rather do something that I’m passionate about.”
It is okay to not know what you want now, but when you do, go for it and do it well.