The entertainment industry is flourishing in Singapore. It is one of the most glamorous sectors and attracts mostly the youths who have just graduated from the universities. Salaries and perks are the real reasons why more graduates are seeking a career in it.
Singapore has a robust economy. It is a city-state with a population of over five million, deserves more than a one-night stopover and given the opportunity, travellers even benefit from a short stay in the city.
With its Malaysian, Indian, Chinese and Indonesian influences reflected in the excellent cuisine and interesting neighborhoods, Singapore is definitely a destination for fun loving travelers.
The entertainment and gaming industry typically offers around 8,000 SGD to an employee each month as salary. The lowest average is 4,000 SGD while the upper limit is around 15,000 SGD. The salaries here include transport, housing and other benefits.
A 3D artist or 3D designer gets around 7,000 SGD while a 3D generalist takes home roughly 6,000 SGD. The salary of 3D visualization specialist and acrobatic rigger is around 7,000 SGD and 5,000 respectively. An actor is eligible to get a salary of 9,500 SGD and an associate media director gets a little less, somewhere between 8,000 and 8,500 SGD. Similarly, an associate producer and a broadcast associate earn 10,000 SGD and 5,000 SGD per month.
The salaries of broadcast news analyst, broadcast technician, broadcasting journalist and broadcasting presenting is 8,000 SGD, 4,500 SGD, 9,000 and SGD 9,500 SGD respectively. A dancer can take home a salary of 6,500 SGD and a director of photography earns 7,500 SGD per month. A disc jockey earns a bit less and he gets an average salary of 4,500 SGD.
The salary of a graphic designer in Singapore is around 5,000 SGD and a makeup artist too earns the same figure. A media design manager is one of the richest in the entertainment and gaming industry. His take-home is more than 12,000 SGD. A media product development manager earns a bit more and his starting salary is 13,000 SGD. Continuing further with the richest figures, a media research manager earns 13,500 SGD and a media sales manager gets 14,000 SGD.
A multimedia coordinator or a multimedia designer earns around 5,000 SGD while a music consultant gets a salary of nearly 7,000 SGD. A musician makes 6,000 SGD a month.
A program researcher earns 8,000 SGD while a sound engineer gets 6,500 SGD as a salary. A stage technician is rewarded wtih just 4,000 SGD each month and a video editor makes 6,000 SGD. A videographer in Singapore earns a handsome salary of 6,500 SGD while a visual designer gets little more, 7,000 SGD. A video producer’s take-home remuneration is around 7,500 SGD.
Where is Singapore
Singapore is a small island on the very tip of Malaysia and connected to Malaysia by a land bridge. It is surrounded by Indonesian islands. At 682.7 sq.km it is slightly smaller than New York City and has approximately half the population.
Singapore is 13588 km from the US (20:30 hours flying time) and 10849 from Britain (12:40 hours flying time). Consequently, it makes an excellent stopover to break the ultra-long flight times to Australia and New Zealand.
History-Sketch of Singapore
In modern times, Singapore has been a British colony (1819-1959), including a period under Japanese occupation (1942-1945) during the Second World War, and was briefly a part of the Federation of Malaysia (1963-1965).
On its forced secession from that Federation, became an independent city-state in 1965, from which time it has thrived and become a great modern commercial centre, leading port and fascinating city.
Singapore has not dismissed its colonial past, but rather cherishes its wonderful colonial buildings, and old churches. The grand Raffles Hotel, named for the English founder of the colony, is as much tourist attraction and Singapore national treasure as it is accommodation for the rich and famous.
Spread out along a busy river where bum boats offer tours, this city is a curious blend of old and new – modern skyscrapers of gleaming glass and steel rub shoulders with colorful Chinese shop houses, Chinatown markets and the sari stalls of Little India. No money has been spared on public buildings: the Singapore Opera House, shaped like the island’s famous durian fruit, rivals the Sydney Opera House for style. The National Library is also a fascinating place to visit and the National Museum.
The Singapore tourist should be sure to visit, however briefly, the very distinct areas of Singapore, which cater for its ethnic diversity. According to the CIA World Facts site, the Singapore population is 76.8% Chinese, 13.9% Malay, 7.9% Indian and 1.4 Other, which includes many British and Australian ex-pats. Thus, it is not surprising that there is a definite China Town, colorful Little India, Arab Street, and Malayan Bugis Street.
Things to Do in Singapore
Singapore has two of the best zoos in the world – the Singapore Zoo, which incorporates a night zoo for watching predators on the move, and the Jurong Bird Park, which has the largest captive bird population in the world.
Singapore, itself an island, has its own island holiday playground, Sentosa, where beaches and theme parks abound. Most tourists find so much to do in Singapore proper that they just don’t get to Sentosa, which is just a couple of minutes away.
Singapore has delightful tropical gardens everywhere, but specifically has a magnificent Botanical Garden, featuring many species of orchids and ginger plants. The Gardens are well worth a visit and offer a respite from the steamy weather. There is no winter whatever in Singapore as it is almost right on the equator.
Shopping in Singapore
Shops in Singapore vary with the area – that is what makes shopping in Singapore so exciting. Singapore’s famous Orchard Road has everything from bargain basements, and enormous food courts, to European fashion designers – and it is renowned for electronics bargains.
Little India has all things Indians, especially saris and jewellery. The 24 hour Mustafa, Singapore multi-floor department store is like no other. Arab Street and Kampong Glam is the local Muslim heartland so has traditional items such as songkok (men’s headgear), prayer mats, batiks and Malay foods. Chinatown has a wealth of small stalls and large emporiums selling all manner of clothing and knickknacks.
Singapore is small enough to get around readily, using its excellent underground rail and bus system, yet has so much packed into the business area, that the Singapore tourist will never see it all. While Singapore makes a great and relaxing stopover, it deserves to be a destination in its own right. So, go visit Singapore and grab some bargains!