Not many people know this, but I have always had this dream of joining the gang at Sesame Street. A childhood dream of working with the Muppets grew into a woman’s dream of being the voice of any one of the cuddly Ewoks. When the notice on the Enfiniti Academy Voice Acting for Animation Workshop came up, I was both nervous and excited; nervous to start learning something that I had never explored before, and excited at the possibility of discovering hidden talents.
Born a Sarawakian, Jasmine began venturing into performing arts at the tender age of five, where she performed in local dance shows and school plays. This love for stories, stage and lights took a momentary back seat while she spent her undergraduate years abroad in Johannesburg and Melbourne.
PLAY! is a Drama-Based Leadership & Communication Programme for the corporate sector. This programme is to harness an individual’s power to communicate, borrowing from the actor’s skill set of confidence, creativity, clarity, conviction and charisma. The experience encourages oneself to build confidence and soft skills through experiential skills. Under PLAY! individuals get to gain from the programmes through Presentation skills, Team Building, Effective Communication, Creative Thinking and Leadership Development.
On the 20th of May 2017, Enfiniti Academy had an opportunity to conduct their Performance Class at the famous and historical theatre, Panggung Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur. The goal was to help students build their confidence and provide the students with a friendly and inspiring audience to give them a sense of achievement to themselves.
“Google maps navigated the way through winding country roads and past a serene lake and majestic mountains that looked like it came straight out of “The Sound of Music” movie. ”- Liyana Almahdaly
There I was, nodding off halfway through the session, although the training topic was interesting, the training itself was not keeping me engaged. Joining the rest of the participants, we sat down around 3 tables and listened to the speaker, and participated whenever necessary. Taking down notes and doing short group activities was interesting at that point in time, but my takeaways have not exactly stuck with me long term.
Passionate for acting and performing arts since a young age, Joanna Bessey, Head of Enfiniti Academy shares her personal learning experiences towards performing arts and theatre; her goal is to raise the Malaysian arts education to a world class experience.
Enfiniti Academy’s 2016 year end musical, ALADDIN RELOADED was a BIG HIT!
A famous screenplay writer (whose name escapes me, unfortunately) said: “A screenplay in itself is not a work of art. It is an invitation to create a work of art.” I totally agree with this and I would actually go one step further and say that it is nearly impossible to create an exceptional film or play without an exceptional script to begin with.
Well done to all participants who joined the 4-day Scriptwriting Workshop with Na'a Murad!