An Engineer Tries Acting For A Day

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Engineers: we’re not only good at problem-solving, developing the latest microchip and being the resident handyman at home. Over the last few years, we’ve discovered engineers with an array of hidden talents, like badminton, critiquing binge-worthy TV shows and food and even… acting? 

Yup, that’s right. After our first video with SGAG received an overwhelmingly positive response, we decided to take on the challenge of guiding their resident goondu Pam. Zi En, a Process Engineer at Micron Technology Inc, bravely took on the task of fixing something we all can relate to as we work and study from home - the wi-fi connection. Beyond flexing our problem-solving prowess, we wanted to showcase the soft skills engineers display at work every day. (Spoiler alert: we succeeded, but trust us when we say that it required a lot of patience and explanation)

Despite having never been featured in a video before, or even experienced the inner workings of a shoot, Zi En gamely agreed. “It’s a new experience, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it seems like it would be a lot of fun! So why not?” 

Read on for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how the day went! 

9AM: Call time

A bleary eyed Zi En arrives at the SGAG office. Over a cup of milo peng from the nearby kopitiam, she admits she wasn’t asked to do much in preparation. We wanted to keep things as natural and real as possible, so there was no script. Instead, we gave her suggested talking points and asked her to draw on personal experiences when responding to Pam’s questions. 

9.30AM: Warm-up

It’s the first time Pam and Zi En are meeting in person, and they hit off immediately. The read through is meant to help everyone get comfortable in front of the cameras and with each other. For once, it’s Pam’s turn to be the guide and teach Zi En the ins and outs of a video shoot. 

10AM: 3,2,1 Action

There’s a lot more to creating a video than you’d think, especially one that’s ten minutes long. Even the smallest sound in the background - like a plane flying overhead - could mean a retake. The crew also has to be on alert to capture the best responses and reactions from Pam and Zi En, even when the cameras weren’t officially rolling for a scene.  

12PM: Makan

Ah, the long-awaited lunch break. We all love a free lunch, but more importantly, being in front of the camera takes up a lot of energy. With another two hours of filming ahead of us, everyone was glad to sit down and replenish our vigor. 

1.00PM: Back to work

It’s back to work to film the last couple of scenes, which include trying to remove the microwave from SGAG’s pantry. Not sure why this is happening? Scroll down to watch the full episode of Guide the Goondu!  

3.30PM: And that’s a wrap!

If fun was what Zi En was expecting, it was what she ended up getting. So, would she do this again? 

“Definitely! It’s so different from the work I usually do. I never would have thought that I’d co-star in SGAG’s Guide the Goondu to talk about my work as an engineer!” - Zi En, Process Engineer at Micron Technology

While it might look like all fun and games in the video, she was surprised at how much she learnt from the experience. In particular, how to communicate, improvise, and most of all, be confident in front of the camera. “The next time I have to do a presentation at work, I’ll be so much more confident!”  

Catch Zi En in the full episode of Guide the Goondu below and don’t forget to share it with your fellow engineers. 

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