Event Service Professional

Emcee Chun Jia

“My most memorable event is definitely the Dinner & Dance for Singapore Cancer Society. 

On the event day, and the energy from the audience (who were the Cancer Society volunteers) was the best I’ve ever gotten. They were so ready to run to the stage front to cheer each other on for their performances, always enthusiastic to play the games, and they were dancing like there was no tomorrow.

Only halfway through the event did I realise that most of the audience literally went through a part of their lives when they might really have no tomorrow — they were all cancer survivors, some of whom battled multiple cancer episodes.

The clients had a lady tagged to me as a stage hand. She was like my mum, in her 50s, absolutely cheerful, bubbly, always asking what she could help with.

I later found out, when the live band was playing, that the stage hand lady had just survived brain cancer and I got teary eyed when I found this out from her. 

I just couldn’t believe that the audience (average age of 60s perhaps?) had such intense energy, spontaneity, after going through what they had been through.

My first emcee experience was back in NTU – as a freshman, I was given a chance to host hall events despite having no experience. 

I eventually quit school as I was pretty adamant my degree wouldn’t lead me to the kind of life I wanted – I’m not the kind who could sit at my desk 40 hours a week. 

While I was exploring how I could leverage on my strengths weaknesses and motivations, I got offered my first paid gig during a short stint in an events company. From this, coupled with my (masak masak) hosting experience back in Hall One, I felt that hosting might be the thing for me!”

Name: Lim Chun Jia Alvin

Emcee CJ 

Professional Emcee

Event Service Professional

DJ Defcibel

“I became a full time DJ by chance. I have always been an avid lover of dance music. I started saving up money as early as at age 11 to buy the equipment and start a self-learning journey. I failed miserably as I did not get any guidance. It wasn’t till many years later, I had on-the-job training, attended a few classes and also had the chance to meet a few great DJ legends who gave me invaluable insight. 

Prior to my job retrenchment, I did have a few gigs here and there but it was all about having fun. I was not so serious about making it a career then. After the bombshell struck, I received a call asking me if I was available to DJ for an event and it just escalated from there on. Initially the plan was to take whatever comes but at the same time, look for a “normal” job. The number of gigs I did during this period made me think “Why not just deejay for a living instead?”

My most memorable event was a touching wedding. Before the event, I had asked the bride and groom if they had preferred music for their March In segments. The bride, being a foreigner, was not very sure if I had songs in her native language and said that she would just leave it to me to play “anything nice”. During that segment, with the help of a highly competent lighting tech, I played a love song in her language and that moment was such a remarkable sight that I teared slightly. After the wedding had ended the bride came over and said she could not think of a better love song that would have matched her feelings at that moment. 

If anyone is interested in joining the industry, they should know that like all jobs, there are challenges and things can get difficult. In the end, only 2 things matter. Be prepared for hard work & discipline. 

Name: Eddy

Stage Name: DJ defCibel

Services provided: Deejaying, provision of sound system, lights etc