One of the famous bloggers not just in Malaysia, but in the region, Joyce Wong (a.k.a. KinkyBlueFairy) started her blog, kinkybluefairy.net in February 2004 because she has always had the writing bug.
Now, her personal website has become a boutique creative agency specialising in online campaigns, PR, events, and an e-commerce platform (selling fashion + fun + festival accessories).
In this feature, Joyce shares with us her university life and how she ended up as one of the creative people you have to meet on this side of the planet.
How did you decide on what course to study after your high school?
When I was young, I was always writing or doing something creative in my spare time despite being in the science stream. My parents were always supportive in working at something I was interested in, and not because it was a popular choice so they urged me to do whatever made me happy.
After high school, I was quite keen on the advertising industry so iI interned at an agency in London at no wages, to gain some experience and make sure that it was something I wanted to do. After six months there, I was a lot more confident it was the route I wanted to go down.
What made you decide to attend The One Academy (TOA)?
Between TOA and another uni, I found TOA to have a better reputation in terms of how serious the college was about educating the students and having a certain standard for one to be able to score good grades.
I didn't want to go to a college just for fun, that would be flushing my parents' money down the drain! Additionally, TOA offered a Graphic Design and Advertising which I found most alluring as it encapsulated two subjects I couldn't decide between.
Share with us any memorable moment in your campus life. What makes it unforgettable?
The people you meet are what always make any experience unforgettable!
I made some wonderful friends who have all progressed into working most interesting and creative jobs post-college. I remember doing homework till the wee hours of the morning with one of my classmates till her cat fell asleep on our storyboards with us.
I remember throwing myself into art courses like watercolour and oils while observing everyone else's interpretation and style. I remember eating my favourite cream puffs from the bakery behind the college every day (till I got fat and had to stop).
I remember being challenged to write an extremely long modern poem for an English writing class that I still cherish until this day. I remember learning how to play snooker from a classmate who competed in competitions (the classmate taught us after class!)
There's a lot to remember 'cos there was so much to enjoy. College is so different from school 'cos it's the time you get more chance to discover who you are as a blossoming adult, and learn subjects you choose to that interests you. I loved college!
What are the top 3 tips you will give to students who would like to study Advertising Design and Communication?
- Be prepared for a lot of homework, but this is great training cos there's no success without discipline and dedication!
- Be open to making friends from all walks of life and different backgrounds. Mix with different groups; don't limit yourself to just one.
- Find inspiration from having hobbies outside college and homework, delve into sports and other creative activities if you can.
What are the top five items you couldn't live without during college?
- My art bag
- All my colouring tools - markers, watercolours, paints, charcoal
- Art books for inspo, study and reference
For students who want to become a popular blogger and an entrepreneur like you, what would your advice to them be? What course should they take for this career path?
Blogging requires a lot of writing and photography, both of which were subjects in the Advertising and Graphic Design course I took.
As for being an entrepreneur, iI can't say I know 'cos i didn't take a course for it. I just learnt as much as I could from books I read, seminars I went to, or just learning from all the jobs I went through.
Do you agree with students picking their course to study based on the kind of job which pays the most?
Money aids in giving you comfort, luxuries and opportunity; but it doesn't necessarily give you happiness.