icki Lau started dabbling with the Windows Movie Maker software when she was a student at CHIJ Katong Convent. She used it as a tool to express her ideas and also as a means to communicate as she was often bullied due to her introverted nature. She felt that she was ostracised in school and never really had friends.
Home then became a safe haven and her brother was her only companion. She soon lost her only brother to arcade games as he preferred playing with his own friends. Her only outlet of expression soon became a burning passion that made her want to be a part of the creative media industry.
Vicki was determined to pursue a career in a field mainly dominated by men after her first foray into video editing. With no second thoughts, she applied for Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) Diploma in Digital Media after completing her ‘O’ levels. SP was her first choice as the course offers a one-year foundation course before choosing a field of specialisation.
In SP, Vicki shed her shy nature and became a whole new person after being given her first leadership opportunity as the secretary of the SP Videography Club. She became more outspoken and approachable. This turned her around and she eventually became the Club President. Last year, she was selected as one of the pioneer batch of polytechnic and university students to participate in the NUS-MDA Singapore Hollywood Attachment Programme. The five-week programme got her involved in a new media research project in collaboration with Nokia while being attached to the University of California, Los Angeles. Since her return from the programme, Vicki learned to view life in a different light on top of broadening her knowledge and views, and enhancing her hard and soft skills.
Despite a less-than-happy childhood, Vicki’s desire to make a difference in her life has resulted in her graduating top of her course, achieving a near perfect GPA for both her Diploma course and the additional Certificate in Applied Psychology under the Diploma-Plus programme that she took up. She was recently awarded the inaugural Sony-SP I.C.E Award for demonstrating strong commitment and passion in digital video production. The award came with an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas to attend the NAB Show, a prestigious event attended by film-making professionals.
The steely young lady will pursue a degree in Visual Effects at the famed Savannah College of Art and Design. The college has also awarded her with the Academic Honours Award and an Artistic Scholarship. If change is always for the better, Vicki is all ready to be an instigator of change in the media industry.
Chua Chor Teck Gold Medal
Media Development Authority Gold Medal
Monstrou Studio Award
Shell Companies In Singapore Prize