'Art is life, everything else is just a job': Ali Sufian Wasif

Filed on January 31, 2020

Ali Sufian Wasif juggles many hats: social media content creator, actor, writer, musician. Here he is, off the cuff

What is your best childhood memory?
Playing video games with dad. It was like a special daily routine for us. I used to play, while he would comment on every move I made in the game. Come to think of it, he was my pewdiepie before pewdiepie even existed. Wow.

If you could move anywhere in the world for free, what place would that be?
I live in Ajman, so maybe Dubai? Kidding. I would love to move somewhere like Norway and watch the Northern Lights for the rest of my life.

The biggest learning point or experience in your life.
I'm pretty sure it was when my dad passed away. It taught me how people change. I accomplished a lot of things in my life after that.

What is the one skill you'd love to learn, and why?
I want to learn how to play piano professionally, so I play it whenever I see one. I see all these fancy pianos at airports, hotels and malls. Those poor pieces of art should not be left lonely. all these keys and no one to play them. I see myself in them. #AllPianosMatter

What advice would you give your younger self, if you could?
It's good to be a little selfish for your own sake, don't waste your energies on the wrong people, and don't give up gaming because people will get paid to play video games in future. We don't have flying cars yet, but mum's shoe has been flying really fast, with more accuracy; it probably has a GPS on it.

If you could go back to any era in time or witness any major event in history, which one would it be, and why?
Probably go back in time when they came up with the idea of nine-to-five jobs and tell them it's a mistake.

Your greatest fear.
Heights. I may have tried a few adrenaline activities, like zip lines, because of a friend who keeps encouraging me to do them but, dude, if you check my heart rate when I'm somewhere high, it'll be faster than Eminem's rap records.

If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day, who would it be and why?
Triple H, hands down; my childhood hero. Just imagine entering the ring with Motorhead playing in the background especially for you. How can you not want that feeling? How?

Favourite movie character of all time - and why.
Aladeen from The Dictator. I've watched that movie a hundred times (or more) and it still makes me laugh. He may be just like every other third world country's ruler, but at least he's honest about it.

If you were President of your country, what is the first thing you'd do?
If I were President of my country, I would quickly become Prime Minister because he has all the powers. Then, I'd make music and all arts compulsory in every school. Even if a kid wants to become a scientist, I'd insist he should know how to play the drums too. Art is life; everything else is just a job.
- Staff reporter


 
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