While it’s easy to stay within the boundaries of what we are comfortable with, amazing opportunities and experiences await when we step out of our comfort zone. With that in mind, Glenfiddich launched the Where Next Club, a campaign that seeks to encourage everyone to venture beyond their comfort and embrace the unknown in pursuit of a more creative and purposeful life.
It is a movement that is close to Glenfiddich’s heart, explains Brett Bayly, the regional brand ambassador in Southeast Asia who elaborated that “being the World's Most Awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky says a lot about how much we constantly push ourselves to be better”.
He added: “We believe everyone possesses this maverick spirit—one that inspires them to always look at ways to improve and aim for the next stage in their personal and professional growth.”
That said, Glenfiddich and Tatler Dining Singapore held an intimate fireside chat with two mavericks at private member's club, 1880—society friend Rosalynn Tay, a former journalist and ballroom dancer who found a new calling in professional photography, and Marc Nicholson, a serial entrepreneur and the founder of 1880. The two are now at the peak of their careers, but both admitted that getting there wasn’t without hardships.
Tay’s love for photography stemmed from wanting to do something meaningful in life. “What’s the next chapter?”, she recalled asking herself after her daughter moved to the UK to study, which is why she took up ballroom dancing. However, a knee injury forced her to “take up another hobby” and a Leica point-and-shoot camera gift from a friend introduced her to the world of photography.
Not to be deterred by her advanced age (she was already in her 40s back then), she took up a one-year photography course in Paris, France and learned from notable fashion photographers. “I was the oldest student in class,” admitted Tay, who let on that the technical part of photography such as Photoshop editing was the most frustrating.
But her fierce spirit and competitive nature paid off, and she was able to excel and catch up with her younger classmates. Now, she is a well-known personality in the local photography scene and has showcased her works at photo exhibitions.