DELEGATE: Tell us more about yourself!
Nice of you to drop by! You can call me Chris or Chrisp (Chris P, Chrispy get it? :D). I’m gentle by nature and whose actions speak louder than words. Not very expressive which seems kinda contrary to what is required to be in this profession. On most occasions I am easy going, flexible and inquisitive.
D: How did you start your business? What were some adversities you faced when starting it?
I started taking on paid assignments on the side while having a full time job as an arts administrator more than a decade ago. After i left the organization, not surprisingly my first few clients were all from within the arts industry ie. museums, arts groups, arts institutions etc. So in a way, I was fortunate to have some kind of kick start upon my new career.
D: Any trade secrets you can reveal?
Taking that leap out into the unknown requires more than faith alone. Determination, passion, having confidence in one’s abilities together with a good understanding of standard protocols (applicable for corporate events) are just some of the ingredients that essentially define your survivability in the gig economy. Of course, some luck along the way would definitely help!
D: Most memorable experience since starting your business?
It’s hard to pinpoint just one most memorable experience in the last decade but what I’d cherished thus far are the numerous clients (now friends) whom I’ve come into contact and worked alongside with. As this profession requires one to be outgoing and have good interpersonal skills, all these (mostly brief) encounters had helped shaped my outlook and molded my character (becoming more resilient) along the way. Of course, corporate gigs had exposed me to countless places of interests as well as provided unique insights into various industries.
D: What was your first job?
Shot a wedding confined within 360 frames. It was nerve wrecking as hell as I was referred to the couple by an ex-colleague. After developing the negatives, there were many missed, blurred and badly exposed shots that were eventually culled and never seen the light of day again. I sorta regretted taking on the assignment and I do from time to time look back and feel apologetic for my terrible skills then. On hindsight, if not for that opportunity, I wouldn’t have grown into the professional I am today.
D: Which aspects of your personality can we see in your work?
Discipline, patience and good PR skills.
D: What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I could actually be a great voice over artist for Yoda and Chewbecca. I am a huge star wars fan and am addicted to the Galaxy of Heroes mobile game by EA.D: How would you describe your personal style?
Unobtrusive and tactical in approach. pleasant and friendly in mannerism.
D: What are your hobbies and passion outside of work?
Mobile game addict, doing short sprints, reading, movies and checking out factory outlet stores.
D: How would you spend your weekends / free time?
Nowadays I am looking at furnishing and interior ideas for my place as well as planning for my own big day.
D: In your own words, starting your own business is..
akin to diving (literally) for the first time. If you don’t take the plunge, you’ll never discover the vast underwater kingdom that awaits you. Likewise, if we dare not take that first step or that leap of faith towards trying out something new, start a business or a social enterprise then we will never taste or reap the fruits of our labour.
D: Where else can we find you online?