Veteran entertainer Najip Ali believes that youth today face more opportunities than those before them but are crippled by judgment exacerbated by social media that prevents them from being confident about their own path.

In a recent radio interview with 938LIVE DJ Bharati Jagdish, Najip said budding entertainers today face an ‘options paralysis’ and eventually cease to pursue their dreams instead of evolving with their work.

“They’re just talking about the options and choices they have, but they’re not choosing it because maybe they don’t know who they are, what they are good at in order to evolve with the craft that they want to do,” said Najip.

The multi-hyphenate, who famously hosted talent show Asia Bagus in the 90s and runs his own production company Dua M, said that his passion translates to other aspects in the entertainment industry and he urges youth today to act on their passions.

“The best thing to do is for all people who have ideas and knowledge to just do it… that’s important in Singapore (because) rather than being just over-educated and less experienced, they need to mould experience with knowledge,” he said.

Najip Ali adds that youth today are not moving forward as much because of fear and insecurity that comes from comparing themselves with other people rather than focusing on doing something well.

“Also, they don’t have the time to do it, because everything is available at their fingertips… Right now, you would just Google it. So what does that do to you? I don’t know. Has that stunted your imagination? Or made you lazy?” he said.

“I know in my growing-up years, when I didn’t know something, I imagined. And this imagination led to my creativity, created possibilities of what I could do and what I wanted to do.”

Young Singaporeans have triumphed on the international stage in recent times but this has not come without struggle. Fortunately, the presence of grants has helped some artists produce work worthy of international exposure.

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