A crazy team bound by a love for arts, music and entertainment
Siah says: Marcia is the mental giant that started it all. (Yes, she has been said to possess a big forehead.) Besides putting together the team that forms 19SIXTYFIVE, her day at work involves making connections that often turn into exciting projects, dreaming up impossible solutions (which we then try to execute anyway), and making sure everything in the office is aligned to an invisible grid in her mind. Oh, and Marcia, about that OCD tendency…
Marcia says: Every company needs a level-headed person, and she's the one in ours. She keeps the business in check, and looks out for opportunities for us. We swear she has an electronic calculator implanted somewhere because she just manages to get all the numbers right and everything tallies! Oh, she likes talking to herself! Or maybe she is talking to the laptop, we’re not sure. Well, it doesn't matter, as long as the job gets done, even with her self-muttering. She doesn't know it yet, but she is an inspiration to have around.
Desmond says: Zahara is that kind of saccharine sweet lady with a calm demeanour that makes one feel at peace just standing beside her. But, beneath the gentle exterior, is a lady full of tenacity, who won’t hesitate to give you a karate chop (figuratively) if you deserve it. As one of the pioneers in the company, she is like its lungs, enabling her colleagues to breathe while she deals with tedious administration work. With her signature sup tulang, Zahara is poised to take over the industry and your tummy.
Yelyn says: Desmond is an old uncle trapped in the body of a dashing young man. He owns an envy-inducing youthful face (the kind who’d get ID’ed throughout his life) and takes pride in his appearance (eye-catching socks + equally striking sneakers). His deceptively youthful look and happy-go-lucky nature make him a huge hit among the uncles and aunties - locals and foreigners alike – with the office’s resident ang moh being his No. 1 fan. Des the Ah Pek makes a frog-like croaking noise when he clears his throat, and has an annoying habit of twitching his nose. His desk-mate will soon be staging an intervention.
Zahara says: She is our sweetest PR person whom you will love at first sight. What’s there not to love about this chick who does not even have a temper? You cannot miss her in a crowd because we will all be in our dirty jeans and messy hair, while she is all prim and proper in her ‘girlie’ dress! Sarah works hard but parties harder. It’s easy-going working with her and, before you know it, you’ll be charmed by her ‘ang moh’ accent that makes us sometimes think she is more Aussie than Singaporean.
Joey says: Passionate is the best word to describe Yelyn. The strong passion she has towards her work, and her commitment to her job, are quite unbeatable. She's very capable, has a special gift with people, and is always able to articulate herself. She's a communicator to the artistes she handles. It's always a pleasure to partner her in projects as she is always positive and has a big smile. She's a foodie. So we exchange notes on that department.
Sarah says: A man of few words, unassumingly reserved and responsible for all the fancy artwork the company churns out. Armed with a quirky sense of humour and eclectic creativity, he has a unique fascination with computer keyboards and spends his free time searching for, or working on, one. Loves his coffee and whisky in about equal proportions, and has an affinity for colours in the region of grey scale to black.
Wini says: Our own super Go-To gal! Mavis will roll up her sleeves and see to everything, to get the job done. With her bubbly personality and angelic smile, she's a marvel at organising people flows (i.e. getting people moving even when they don't want to) and seeing to eye-rolling details of projects and artiste performances, right down to the quarter-mastering of stocks! Just make sure she is supplied with ample fast food for fuel.
Mavis says: When I first started working with her at Laneway Festival 2014, I found her as a quiet, diligent and helpful girl who simply delivered her tasks in an organised manner. The ‘signal’ I received from her was “Let’s just do the job, and we don’t have to be best of friends.” Not that easy to break the ice with her. Joey is growing in her capabilities and leadership. She can now send out a ‘signal’ that says “Back off, I know what I am doing.” She can be vocal about her views too!
Also in our residence...
Our only hope of speaking proper British-accented English. This is the lady who relentlessly pursues all potential sponsors, and patiently services all of them, mothering them like her children. She also brings home-made desserts for us!
Our high-speed writer who turns copy around faster than Jimi Hendrix on a guitar. Sporty by nature, he hopes to move to a lakeside house somewhere in New Zealand so that he can climb mountains every day. And, because we think he's fit, we constantly give him heart attacks by throwing him last-minute jobs of churning out press releases and collateral copies. He's still alive, so I think he thrives on the stress.
The person to look for when you need staff of all shapes and sizes for any kind of part-time work; from the ever-friendly front-of-house staff, to the fit energiser bunnies who help us out as runners. Whoever you need, just name them and she will have them. She is also the mama-san in the office, who constantly takes care of everything for everyone.
The writer who writes fairy tales because she lives in faery land herself. She introduces you to words you never knew existed, and coughs out text like she's writing a book. When not writing, she reads cards and answers your questions on life!