It’s not easy to juggle two careers and excel at both, but Sandra Riley Tang proves that with passion and dedication, anything can be accomplished.
The 24-year-old is not only a member of local band The Sam Willows, but also the founder of a yoga studio, The Yoga Co. And perhaps, not many know this, but she’s also a bespoke visual artist with an online store, RileyArt! The multi-hyphenate, who will be one of the panelists at CLEO Career Academy, dishes out handy career tips.
You’re both a singer and the owner of a yoga studio. How do you find time to juggle more than one job?
It’s tough for sure, sometimes it involves a little less sleep and a bit more cabs. But, all in all, I’m coping relatively well because I’m lucky to have amazing people on both sides to help me along.
Why did you decide to take up yoga training?
It was something I always imagined would be awesome if I could do ever since I started yoga about two years ago. Naturally, I enjoy sharing and teaching, so I thought it would be great if I could share with proper knowledge and education. A part of Yoga Teacher’s Training is adjustment techniques. Being able to help someone correct their alignment or posture correctly is something that I thought was important and wanted to do.
Have there been times when you feel like giving up one career? How do you spur yourself on?
Actually that thought has never crossed my mind! Perhaps because it’s still early and The Yoga Co. was only started about six months ago. But I have gotten stressed about it for sure, and then I try to remind myself that all the hard work will pay off one day.
What are the perks and downsides of both jobs?
With both, I get to do what I love. With the band, we get to travel and meet awesome people. With the yoga studio, I get free yoga classes and get to meet awesome people. Both require a lot of planning and consistent effort to keep things fresh. If anything, it’s really the sacrifice [of spending time] with family and friends and sometimes the lack of sleep.
What is your advice for someone who wants to be a multi-hyphenate like you?
Always remember why you’re doing what you do. If you stop loving what you do, don’t do it.
Venue: Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Mandarin Ballroom III
Date: 29 August 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Fee: $15 for one person, and $20 for two
Images: Sandra Riley Tang