Yes, I’m using the default first blog post title for this.
It’s been a long, long while since I was blogging regularly, and blogging is so time consuming that for a period of time I decided to just not blog. I tend to be pretty lengthy when I blog so one post takes a couple hours minimum. But lately, I’ve found that in my struggles to be an artist in Singapore, to doggedly hold on to that determination to be a free and unbounded creative person, I may be doing things that nobody else has done before (or were able to do, because times and opportunities change). So I will do my best to document these journeys here, to share something hopefully new and novel, something which I hope will have value to the world, in a big or small way.
An introduction. My name is Salima, and I live in Singapore. I perform under the moniker of Sasha M. I have wonderful friends and family whom I love dearly, but I am quite different from most of them. While the majority of those around me are finding stable jobs, getting married and settling down (yes I’m at that age now), I’m hunting for fulfillment in the creative arts.
I don’t mean that I want to always be onstage, singing, or dancing or what have you. Don’t get me wrong, I love to perform. But more than that, I want to perform what’s mine – my own songs, my own shows. I want to create my own work, and be proud of it. And yes, it’s vague – what kind of work? What industry? Which region? – but honestly, in life you never know what’s coming. I know my direction, and it’s English pop music. But I’m very open to whatever good things I may encounter along the way.
So this is the beginning of my story. I have to say it’s starting a little late in the plot (like Star Wars Episode 4), but maybe in future I’ll be able to flesh out Episodes 1, 2 and 3.
This blog is mostly for myself, but if you have found me, it could be because you’re searching for something just like I am. And in my own search, I’ve found it so difficult to get insights on the music industry in Singapore, to know about people’s experiences, because it’s always from gossip or hearsay – hardly an official forum. This is not a forum (though you can certainly comment on my posts), but it’s as official as it gets right now. I really hope that whatever experiences I go through, that I can share, will be helpful to you, fellow traveler, fellow seeker. If you feel stuck, do not despair. There is always more than one way of doing things. And we’ve all got to find our own way. Godspeed to us.