Growing up, Teo Rui-Rou dreamed of pursuing a career in art. She attended the Da Vinci Creative Kids, an arts and crafts school founded by The One Academy, a design institute at Bandar Sunway in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Her proclivity for the creative arts was undeniable, but her parents weren’t keen on the whole affair. What would her future prospects be in the field of art?
That all changed when Teo turned 14. She won The One Academy’s Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Award (MT10) 2011, and earned a scholarship to further her education at the institution.
If you believe you have what it takes to snatch the same prize, register yourself for MT10 2018. Unleash your inner artist and you could take the coveted Gold Award that includes a RM20,000 cash prize and RM80,000 scholarship. Registration ends June 29.
The MT10 competition, in collaboration with Walt Disney’s Pixar, was introduced in 1998 (with the release of the animated film A Bug’s Life). It is open to all Malaysian secondary school students. This year’s theme is Incredibles 2, the upcoming film from Pixar Animation Studios.
MT10 aims to discover and recognise artistic young talents, to inspire teenagers to unleash their creativity, and to provide them a platform to develop unique individual ideas while sharpening their visual storytelling skills.
Teo says MT10 is a great platform for students to develop their artistic skills and rub shoulders with people practising different art styles. Teo, who recently completed her Digital Animation course and graduated thanks to the MT10 scholarship, confesses the experience was humbling.
Teo, who also turns 21 this year, is now employed as a 3D modeller by Lemon Sky Animation, Malaysia’s leading CGI studio, where she is focused on gamemaking.
Teo has one advice for students who aspire for a career in art and design. “Do lots of research beforehand to see which field you’d like to enter rather than going in blindly,” she says. “Also be prepared and willing to dedicate yourself to the demanding industry. No pain, no gain!”
Silver and Bronze winners at MT10 2018 will receive a RM60,000 and RM40,000 scholarship respectively, while the seven winners of the Young Artists Award will receive RM25,000 each. Silver and Bronze recipients will also get RM1,000 each.
Meanwhile, art teachers of the top three winners will be rewarded RM1,000 each and be conferred the Distinguished Art Educator Award. Other categories include 30 Encouragement Prizes at RM5,000 each and 35 Jury’s Special Selection Prizes at RM3,000 each.
The secondary school art club with the highest record of winners selected in the finals will also receive a grant of RM2,000 and the Top 5 art clubs with the highest number of excellent entries in the preliminaries are entitled to a RM500 grant.