2013 Twenty Questions Interview : Shaik Ismail
20 Questions Interview with Shaik Ismail
Show Host, Stand Up Comedian, Inventor
1. What's your name?
2. Where are you from?
3. Who are you today?
Show Host, Stand Up Comedian, Producer, Inventor, Developer and Creative Coach.
4. What do you do? (Elevator speech)
I host and entertain parties weekends and teach creative learning weekdays.
5. What's your story (how did you get here)?
22 years of rocking audiences both behind the scenes as a Show Director (2000 Singapore Grammy Awards), Video Producer and Creative Director (The Regional Launch of LEVIs MR Bombastic Ad Campaign) as well as on stage hosting and entertaining events and parties in S.E.A and Australia, and 10 years of research, development and trials for the use of entertainment and a myriad of learning tools for education.
6. Why is creativity important to you?
Creativity develops a better brain and a better brain means better academic results, better life skills, better social skills and in a nutshell a better person or human.
7. When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
As a child, my creativity was ignited because of money. I had to think of ways to make money to make extra pocket money for school. I spent 22 years professionally in the themed events and show arena which means consistent changes and updates from working with one project to another. In 2003, I wanted to teach kids, creative thinking skills and thus Imagine Inventions® started to form as a lesson plan to provide kids with instructional scaffolding; how they can harness and align their imagination by observing, people, cultures, nature and the environment to get an idea and thereafter use structured innovative and systematic inventive thinking to make that idea work! And I used a proprietary and copyright system of creating games for parties!
8. How did you embrace it?
10 years of research and development.
9. How did that feel?
A great sense of achievement.
10. Where has your journey taken you?
Imagine Inventions® has now evolved to become a Trademarked and Proprietary, After School Education System; 9 Main Frames Education System with Quad Core Functions!
Students come to our centre preparing for their BIG PARTY — a showcase for parents to see what their kids have learnt in our after school education centre. Kids go through 9 different frames of learning and teachers 9 frames of teaching!
11. What challenges have you faced?
Lack of finance and supporters.
12. What worked for you?
The Ministry of Education accepted and registered Imagine Inventions® as an academic enrichment program for preschool (4 to 6 yrs) and school kids (10 yrs and above) plus they accepted myself registration as the teacher and Impresario® Arts School as a school to teach Imagine Inventions.
13. What didn't work for you?
The focus and attention of younger students 9 to 12 yrs old who were far too playful in a small confined area.
14. What tips can you share to help others starting on a similar path?
Don't leave your day job or have a solid investment partner/backer.
15. What are you working on now?
IP protection to patent the 2 systems with Spring Singapore.
16. What's coming up for you in the next year?
Launching a 7 yr program to nurture and develop kids going to Primary 1 with both academic and enrichment skills.
17. What else do you desire/dream to do?
Complete the packaging of both systems — sell it and use the money to fund my film making career.
18. How will you make that happen?
Strategic partnership with established players and thereafter sell the systems; lock, stock and barrel. As for film, just shoot it.
19. What one question would you like to answer that hasn't been asked?
Nothing at this present moment.
20. What's your Web site and/or blog address?