Chancing Upon Success
The name Divian Nair is unanimous with Singapore’s radio scene. From hosting the Southeast Asia (SEA) games to being a radio jock at 987 FM, Divian has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry in Singapore.
Starting out as a host for events, Divian never imagined that he would one day become a radio jock. He believes that his success was based on coincidence. In his earlier days, before becoming a professional host, he attended an event with his then girlfriend where the host of the event fell ill and Divian stepped up to the plate.
Thereafter, at one of the numerous events Divian had hosted, he met Rozz – a RJ from 987FM. In an effort to make fun of her, he said something “stupid” – according to Divian. Interestingly, Rozz took notice of him and then got a hold of his namecard. The next thing he knew, he was receiving a phonecall from 987FM the next day. Unlike most newbies, Divian did not have to go through an audition process. He went for a voice test and that was it, he was on air.
After working the night shift for four consecutive years and not being able to see his friends and family as often as he would have liked, Divian decided it was time for a career change. The final push Divian needed came in the most unexpected form. Back in February this year, Divian and his equally talented co-host – Dee Kosh – made a short film together entitled ‘Candle’. This was when he found his true calling in life – directing.
One would think that a short-film produced by an established artiste would have a huge budget, however, this could not be farther from the truth. ‘Candle’ was produced with a mere $150 – excluding filming equipment. Most of the cost came from basic props such as bedsheets, flowers and food.
“We did it very guerrilla style. We had a lot of favour. A lot of friends came to help us, such as Lavania and Sandra Riley and The Sam Willows, of course," he says. "Because of all the support we got, we didn’t have to spend too much. We filmed in Dee’s house as well, so we managed to limit everything and not compromise on the storyline,” adds Divian.
Before ending off the interview, Divian imparts words of wisdom from his decade of being in the industry.
“Number 1: you really really have to be honest with yourself. I think in Singapore, a lot of people get confused with what they really want. They confuse money for happiness or the route to happiness and success thereof. But after you get into the groove of it, you realize you will only be successful if you’re honest with yourself and do what you love. Whatever it is, if you do what you love and you put enough effort into it, you become very good at it and then the money will come. So, that’s it. Just stick to what you love and hard-work,” he concludes.