Small Talk with Amrit Singh

As we enter the final few days before our next Small Talk event, here’s our next instalment of speaker insights. This time it’s Amrit Singh (MrASingh).

You recently took control of your own destiny by going freelance. Was there one particular moment that helped you make that decision?

That’s right. I would say the one particular moment that helped me make that decision was, when I realised that my full-time job was hindering my growth as a content creator and I was missing so many opportunities. It was in September 2016 when I was invited to San Francisco to exhibit my artwork and create content for one of the largest street art festivals. After I came back, I thought to myself, what am I doing working for some else! So I handed in my notice a few days later.

Looking at your social media streams, you seem to be prolific with your work. What is your main method for overcoming creative block?

Thank you. I’ve always been someone who enjoys learning new things. Having more than one interest or as some would say, a multipotentialite, can be overwhelming and result in a creative block. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve mastered a craft, creative blocks will always appear as a sign. Your mind and body telling you to slow down, rejuvenate, go for a walk, have fun etc.

I very rarely get the creators block now I understand why and where it can come from. I make time to have fun, to go for walks in nature, to mediate and create art. It’s fundamental in keeping me inspired, staying positive and creative.

What do you think you’re more prepared for, zombie apocalypse or robot uprising?

Great question! I would say I’m more prepared for a zombie apocalypse. The outcomes of both are very similar, with something trying to destroy you, so it all comes down to how much of a survivor you are/want to be.

I don’t think anyone can be ‘prepared’ for such things, but we shouldn’t live life in fear of what might happen (even if it’s outrageous), but instead live in the present and enjoy it.

You describe yourself as a designer and an artist. Do you think that designers should have an artist’s approach to commercial briefs?

All designers are artists and design is an art form. I find that my artistic approach helps with the sometimes rigidness of commercial design. It helps evolve the fluid, natural process and inspiration required in design.

A lot designers nowadays will never use a pencil and paper to layout their ideas or doodle their process. Instead, most will go straight to a computer, thinking it’s the only step in creating their design or tackling a brief.

Just like the paintbrush or an ink pen, when creating art, they are just as powerful as a computer. So thinking of these instruments as tools, seeing failures as opportunities and enjoying the process are the many benefits of having an artistic approach.

What is the funniest question you’ve been asked on your live streams?

The most amazing (and most nerve racking) part of live streaming is the unpredictability factor. It’s live! You have no idea what people will say, and sometimes it can throw you off your rhythm and sometimes just make you laugh. From using live streaming for over a year and half, I’ve learned to handle these situations and be in control.

The funniest questions are always from those that believe in the stereotypical. Many people in this world, have never travelled outside of their home state/city so their perspective of the world is based on the news and/or what they read online (which we know isn’t 100% correct). But it’s fun and I enjoy breaking down these stereotypes and educating people.

And that’s all for now. Thanks to Amrit, we’re looking forward to hearing more next week.

Tickets for the event are now sold out, but you can join the waiting list and we’ll let you know when some become available.