Everyone has different philosophies to guide their lives. Some of them dedicate their lives for great causes and ideals while most people work for their livelihood and spend their lives supporting their families. I am nothing exceptional, I just see things differently.
I completed my Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Dhaka with the aim to become an artist. But it is difficult in Bangladesh to survive solely as an artist or a sculptor. My plan was to continue my art work beside of my job. I started my career as an art director of a local advertising agency, I used to develop creative ideas for advertising, write copies, visualize advertising concepts and make strategies. All advertising works are interesting as it deals with playing with the mind of your target audiences. But if you ask me what limitations I faced there, I must say all the efforts made there is only for buying or selling something.
My advertising career was growing and I was being appreciated but it was killing my personal time and ethics. Once I felt myself like a corporate product in the eyes of capitalism, ‘to continue or not to continue’ became the big question.
Three years back I had an assignment to make an advertisement for one of my client to celebrate environmental day. I did a small research through Google and found lots of brilliant creative works and instantly fell in love with them. Growing up, there were a lot of things I wanted to be, a novelist, a journalist, later an artist; but until that assignment being a conservationist never really crossed my mind.
Conservation is the platform to see the world differently, think differently and work differently. It is not a matter of buying or selling something, it’s a matter of love. You are working for those who can never speak up for themselves and never blame human civilization for destroying their home. They never sue us for rights to live on earth! You and me are responsible to care for their future. So, I started searching scope to work for the environment where I could enhance my creativity, love and innovation.
Maybe it was fate, because a few days letter I saw a job advert, and my journey started from there. I feel so lucky to be a part of WildTeam, a vibrant conservation organization. WildTeam has given me an opportunity to blend my work with my passion, and now I can feel that I am doing something for my society and for the future of next generation.