Life is art. So does it means that art is life?
Well, life is a form of art even when we’re drinking water, walk, sleep, and etc.
Art is “the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance” as Google definition expressed.
Art is a “skill acquired by experience, study, or observation” as Merriam Webster defines. “The art of making friends” as Merriam Webster example.
Personally, I think art is everything, as I address above; and it’s not just in a way that we act, it’s also the art of how we think, feel, and etc.
But what I fascinated about is music. Music is my mentor. Music is my guide. Music is my friend. Music is my soul. Music is life. Life’s full of problems. It’s a fact. But what you do when you face those facet?
Do you give up?
Do you talk to someone to try to solve the problem?
Do you feel like it’s over?
Well, music is a word that Google describes “vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.” I believe many people do believe that. But what powerful about music is you can express your emotion, struggles, and etc through it by listening or singing or writing a song. What I considered about songwriting is I can help others to feel better through my story because some people may have a similar story. Personally, I don’t hide my feeling to myself because it will keep me stuck with that feeling. So I write and I sing. By writing songs of a true story, I understand more about the society and problems that many people impact the environment around them which inspire me to really involve in social issues. I often help people who have depression or stuck in problems. I started to really focus on music more to try to solve their problem by writing different songs and sometimes I even talk to them to really comfort them. Not just that, I always update my social status and posts about social problems and awareness. That’s who I am and that’s how I solve problems. I believe that changes come from what I believe and I don’t have to be a president to be a changemaker because changes appeared before even before human know what’s fire. In short, that’s who I am and that what I choose.
Everything that I have today is coming from what I’ve been through. Well, one of the best opportunity in the film industry is the internship for Minor Act. Well, “Minor Act is non-profit media entrepreneurship and film production training house for young adults from structurally disadvantaged societies.” I’ve been their intern for about 3 months at Battambang to create a movie written by my team from the Liger Leadership Academy. It was such an amazing experience that we had a chance to work with professional film production. So, my main role for this internship is music producer which I write songs and sing for the movie. On the other hand, all of the interns were basically switched role every day so that everyone got a chance to experience each skill. Through that internship, I gained a lot of knowledge about cinematic skills such as set design, better produce quality song and soundtrack, director, assistant director, acting, and how to use our imagination effectively. These skills improved me to be a better thinker, aware of all sides; management skill, leadership skill, networking skill, electronic music skill, and work with other Khmer musician.
People at my school thought we were having fun and don’t have to do much school work. The reality was not like what they thought. We actually worked even more than them. Some days we woke up very early morning like 2 am and sometimes 3 am to make sure all the actors were starting to get their makeup on and also our gears ready to go when the sun started to rise. That’s just for the morning, but how about the night because some nights we were shooting until 3 AM and once we got home it was morning and we can’t really sleep. It was very tuff especially when we’re young, underage. But that’s how it works. If you’re really committing to this field, you just accepted the fact that its tuff. Especially when you’re at the shoot you must do everyone quickly and plan before because the director can change their mind at any point and at any second. That was our problem when we were at the internship. I got blames literally almost every day. But we managed to finish the internship proudly. I can’t forget the final day of our shoot which only the interns actually ran the shot without Minor Act help. We were a little nervous but we did an amazing job on that day.
We all consider change is happening every day. But the change due to my life through this internship is very unique. I can say it’s a life-changing for me because of how I view myself and the world is different. I care more about the surrounding, the people, and the future. I realized that my critical thinking is very improving such that I can control my anger better and also how I handle the situation. What I can say about my personality change is that my leadership skill actually boosts up by a lot if I compare to before I join. Lastly, these are the quotes that I learned from my internship:
“Work for quality, not quantity.”
“Music isn’t about being nice sounding, but the meaning.”
“Believe that everything is possible because you can create impossible.”
“Everything is a decision. Whether you do it or not, it’s still our decision.”