This short Q/A session is from interview 43 of the Bangladeshi Perspective with Moktadir Dewan.
A bit about Moktadir Dewan:
Moktadir Dewan is a creative professional with more than 8 years of Radio Jockeying experience and has been working in the advertising industry for almost a decade. He has worked with some of the biggest agencies and radios in Bangladesh. As a professional voice artist he self-reported about 800+ voice-overs until now for a wide range of platforms like TVCs, RDCs, Corporate AVs, Documentaries, Movie Trailers and many more. Moktadir is also the Co-Founder of ‘Beatbox Bangladesh’, which is the official beat-boxing community in Bangladesh. Beatbox Bangladesh organizes the ‘National Beatboxing Championship’ in the country, and the winner from this championship competes against the best at bigger events in Asia and Europe. The community at Beatbox Bangladesh also works to promote positivity, creativity, teamwork and discourage smoking and other harmful activities.
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Seeam: What was the most early on important part of your resume that you think got you to where you are right now?Moktadir: As I’m a dropout, I guess there’s nothing extraordinary in my resume. But I have excellent PR skills and can get work done quite fast.
Seeam: What was the most early on important part not on your resume that you think got you to where you are right now?Moktadir: Well, I’m a workaholic. I can’t mention it in my resume but at the same time I have to admit that I’m lazy.
Seeam: What is a book or movie that influenced you a lot?
Moktadir: My influences are weird, books like Hardy Boys, The Animorphs, Everworld and The Faraway Tree did influence me in some way or another. In case of influencing movies, there are movies like The Neverending Story, Wizard of Oz, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, or the Disney Originals and even the early originals from the 80s too.
Seeam: What’s one weird habit you have that you think is great?
Moktadir: I constantly beatbox or try to learn new sounds whenever I’m on the move.
Seeam: What is one apparent failure that you think set you up on a successful path?
Moktadir: I think it would be me dropping out of college. But I would never advise anyone to dropout because it has more cons than pros. I dropped out because I couldn’t continue.
Seeam: What’s one advice or philosophy that changed your life?
It’s simple. “Hakuna Matata”.Moktadir Dewan
Seeam: What is one time investment that you consider your best?
Moktadir: I consider watching history documentaries as a good time investment.
Seeam: What is one monetary investment that you consider your best?
Moktadir: I consider my financial investment on things related to the early stages of beatboxing, especially the first beatbox battle in 2017 as the best one so far.
Seeam: What do you do when you can’t focus or when you feel overwhelmed?
Moktadir: Normally I listen to lo-fi music or something ambient. Of course, I’m also really into metal-core or djent.
Seeam: What drives you to do good work every day when you wake up?
Well, I have so much to give back to the people I care about. Any general human being is important in my perspective. This thought drives me to continue good work.Moktadir Dewan
Seeam: What is one advice you’d give to a student looking to enter your field?
Moktadir: Research. Know more. Being a jack of all trades and master of none isn’t too bad. But be good in the area of your interest. Gather more knowledge.
Seeam: If people wanted to reach you, what is the best way?
Moktadir: I usually prefer Facebook.
Seeam: Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
I want to take our local beatboxing community out there and make sure Bangladesh leaves a mark on an international level. I also want to do a couple of voice-overs for a local animation movie or perhaps, for a narrative film about the history of Bangladesh.Moktadir Dewan
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