You may recognise her as Nana, the dauntless waitress in neighborhood Television set sequence Sitik Tok, or Naz, a single of the protagonist’s love pursuits in the comedy collection Single Terlalu Lama.
But Mia Sabrina Mahadir, 28, is also a cat rescuer, an on-line thrift store operator, a tarot reader and most just lately, an artist who will work with resin.
This KL-centered theatre/movie actor ventured into many aspect hustles (part-time work opportunities) to get by economically when the pandemic and the several lockdowns wiped out extra than a year’s well worth of acting employment.
“My acting occupation is now non-existent. Because the very first MCO, I have shed about 10 assignments and a couple of extra are now postponed.
“I was on a momentum (pre-pandemic) and now that momentum has stopped. I have to form of start in excess of,” shares Mia, a mass communications graduate, who started out out in the undertaking arts scene with early appearances at KLPac’s Short+Sweet Theatre Workshop in advance of likely on to other key productions.
But if becoming a full-time actor for just about 10 yrs has taught her nearly anything, it is to be resilient and to retain likely.
Mia, whose performing credits contain Masam Manis (2020), Madu Dua (2016) and Woman From Sumatera (2016), understood she had to be industrious and inventive to develop new options for herself.
With assistance from her father, Mia started out an online thrift shop named Persiaran Hipster and got into the planet of tarot studying past year and most lately resin art.
“Few months back, I noticed a TikTok video clip of resin art in the sort of a pyramid. I assumed it was neat and was curious about how it was completed.
“I have required to market something that I make with my personal palms for a while now. I watched lots of on line videos and seemed for design inspirations on Pinterest.
“After I acquired my 1st batch of equipment and supplies, I made the decision to make a several distinctive layouts just to determine out what I like.
“All of them turned out quite superior and persons required to buy them. So listed here we are!” states Mia, who’s currently component of Theatresauce’s Rising Director’s Lab programme.
In June, she was section of the KL Noir: Magic – Storytelling Sequence digital line-up for the Storyfest Singapore event.
But resin artwork keeps her occupied these days. She sells an ordinary of 30 pieces a 7 days, with costs as very low as RM15. What helps make this undertaking fun, she adds, is that she receives to be innovative and active throughout these complicated days.
“You can set pretty much something into resin, as prolonged as they are completely moisture cost-free.
“A great deal of my types play with organic bouquets and leaves, but I also like playing with stickers and glitter. They deliver in a 1990s vibe, which is the latest pattern in art and fashion,” she mentions.
At the second, Mia’s resin art incorporates coasters, ashtrays and grinders. She designs to make rings, trays and keychains in the long run.
An additional organization that has been supplementing Mia’s funds is her tarot looking at, which she commenced exactly a year back. An difficulty in her private romantic relationship nudged her into the tarot world.
“I begun looking at tons of tarot videos on Youtube. I finally purchased a reserve and a deck of cards, and learnt how to study. I did totally free readings for my mates and family at very first, and they all explained it was fantastic. So I imagined, maybe I can supply it as a compensated support,” states Mia, who gives two tarot looking through packages.
She does her tarot readings remotely by means of Zoom, voice/textual content information and video recording, all based mostly on her client’s queries.
“These are really perplexing periods, and to figure factors out on your personal is exhausting and nerve wrecking. Tarot looking through can assist you see your views clearer,” says Mia, who claims tarot reading is nearer to treatment than it is to magic.
But controlling several side employment is not straightforward.
“My businesses and resin art preserve me inspired, but some times, I just cannot regulate. It is tricky to obtain issues to glimpse forward to.”
What assists, she suggests, is owning a objective in head.
“You have to attempt, I guess. For now, my intention is to make more than enough money to be capable to move to a greater place. At minimum that keeps me focused and disciplined sufficient to wake up every single working day,” she concludes.