Joanne Lee Yi Shuang
What research did you do before entering your current institution?
Back when I was in high school, I started to think about my career in the future. I had always been interested in doing art, but at the same time I wanted to venture into digital art instead of doing it the conventional way. That was when I came across digital animation from my aunt who happened to be one of the lecturers at The One Academy. She showed me a few of the students’ works there and it was quite promising. From there onwards I tried to do some research on the internet about The One Academy and the courses they offer.
What attracted you to pick this institution?
The One Academy is considered one of the best art institutions in Malaysia, in addition to the outstanding students’ works. Besides, forum users also suggested The One Academy as a leading art school in Malaysia. These convinced me that it is the best art school for me.
How convenient is your campus?
I would rate my campus (the current one beside Sunway Pyramid) an 8 out of 10 in terms of convenience. It is easily accessible via several forms of public transportation due to its location next to a well-known shopping mall. Students need not worry about variety of food, as there are tons to choose from in the area including restaurants in Sunway Pyramid which is less than 5 minutes of walking distance. There are also a lot of residential areas surrounding the campus, therefore students can easily rent a living space within walking distance. The downside of the campus is that parking spots are very difficult to find because the campus does not provide parking lots for students. We have to share public parking areas or park inside Sunway Pyramid. The campus is also located in a city centre, which means living costs might be slightly higher too.
How would you describe your course to a 17-year-old?
Digital animation might sound scary, but it’s not. In simpler terms, I learn to bring a non-living character to life. Every single movement, whether big or small, that you see on screen is brought to you by animators. Animators bring stories or ideas to life. Without animators, any cartoons or animated movies ranging from the old greyscale Mickey Mouse to realistic-looking Moana would cease to exist.
What words of advice would you give to those who are intending to pursue the same course as you?
Follow your dreams. Be strong. In this course, effort equals rewards. The more you are willing to put in, the further you will improve. It is also a plus to have a large library in your head. Go watch more animations, be it shorts or movies. Analyse the movements, study the poses, breakdown the stories, research the different animation or art styles. The workload might overwhelm you sometimes, and you might feel lost. However, always remember the reason why you chose this path, stay motivated. Last but not least, do your best in disciplining yourself and managing your time. Time management is the key to lead a healthy and adventurous college life. Make the most out of your time and you will do fine.
In your group of friends, what role do you play?
To be honest, I think I’m more of the chill one? I’m quite cool and laid back most of the time. Sometimes my friends would be screaming excitedly about something and I’ll just sit there looking at them.
Which movie or song title best describes your life?
Mad Hatter by Melanie Martinez. The song is edgy, but sometimes I feel like it makes me feel sane when the stress comes down at me.