Can Money Buy You Love?

It has been an interesting week for SEEDS. Last weekend has been hectic with me trying my best to coordinate and manage the latest SEEDS event we titled Your Yellow Brick Road. It was simply one of the most memorable workshop to date – both good and bad.

This event, however, did gather a number of interesting people with interesting opinions. Directly related to the event, I had an interesting conversation with Low Kok Wai, the lecturer we invited over to conduct one of our parallel sessions the morning of the second day of the SEEDS4 June event. He mentioned a number of thoughtful comments about his students and the drama in the country in general bringing in how things could be improved upon. I won’t mention the topic in details – mostly because it’s too late to try and remember things now.

The inspirational talk by both Fakhrul Razi and Rezuan, one representing the music industry and the latter the illustrators, brought a different perspectives of an artist’s life and their past life which was what we aimed to do. One common thing that both mentioned was to work for the passion and not the money. This is an interesting perspective because my earlier conversation with Kok Wai was somewhat the opposite.

Again, this brought me back to the original aim of SEEDS. To us, it’s never about the money. It is about the students and making sure that they learn life skills through theatrical production. Since we started, we have achieved a lot of things but never got enough money to cover the cost of our productions. We are getting more and more students now and the need for financing is crucial to the development of SEEDS.

This morning, JuLeZz and I joined a speech and drama forum for teachers facilitated by Montage Brunei who invited someone from Blubricks, a Malaysian based speech and drama school. Through the sharing sessions, we realized that what Blubricks is actually doing is almost similar to what SEEDS is doing. The only difference, their education includes a fee while we open ours for free.

Yes, we ask for minimum amount of money for our production but is the amount worth the talents we’ve got? I believe that it is about time SEEDS increase their pricing but not too much. The local theatrical industry still needs to learn a lot but we need the money to cover the cost of our expenses.

Today, SEEDS has been featured in Brunei Times. For the third day now, in a row, SEEDS has been printed on the newspapers and I’m hoping that this will attract the attention we badly need. Hopefully, there is someone out there who is willing to come forward to us and offer us help, financially. It is about time that people pay the talents for what they are really worth.