ISKL Hosts ‘Future Ready: Alumni Black Box Conversations’ On The Arts!


For students or alumni hoping to pursue a career in the Arts, how interesting would it be to sit down with not just one but four incredibly talented creatives from the Arts industry?

That is exactly what happened at the second episode of ‘Future Ready: Alumni Black Box Conversations – The Arts’ organized by the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) on April 6, 2021 when an all-ISKL alumni ensemble encompassing opera diva, Kirstin Chavez (Class of 1987), filmmaker Tony Pietra Arjuna (Class of 1996), artist Haffendi Anuar (Class of 2004), and film composer Varqa Buehrer (Class of 2003) discussed their career paths with (ISKL) Alumni host, Hezril Asyraaf, (Class of 2013).

Lynette Macdonald, ISKL’s Director of Development and Alumni Engagement and organizer for the Black Box series, says, “So many ISKL alumni have forged amazingly successful careers in The Arts…We knew it would be an entertaining discussion with lots of interesting perspectives.” 

Aside from career advice, these international-minded speakers who found global opportunities abroad and carved an arts career in Malaysia or Internationally raised many questions about the industry, such as the lessons learned at university and application processes, followed by insightful advice for current students or alumni hoping to pursue a career in The Arts. Despite the pandemic affecting the Arts industry, the speakers encouraged budding thespians and art enthusiasts to learn how to adapt to the current times and stay resilient. Lynette adds, “Our panelists each spoke about how having the right agile mindset enabled them to weather the many changes and uncertainties.”

It’s a must-see for any current students or alumni hoping to pursue a career in The Arts. Enjoy and be inspired by the full 50-minute panel discussion by going to or watch it on ISKL’s Youtube channel!

Watch the full video here