Bim makes his mainstream documentary debut on C4 this Sunday!

by / Friday, 27 April 2007 / Published in FDFC News

Fulham DFC midfielder and resident Director/Editor/Designer/Maestro Bim Adaji is making his mainstream documentary debut on Channel 4 this Sunday (29th April) at 8.20am.

Bim's 'Crew Battles' according to TV listings is a visually stunning exploration of the world of break dancing, as champion Mouse, young pretender Kid and girl crew Flowzaic battle it out on the dance floor.

Don't miss it! Set your recorder, sky plus, or get your fine self up early and watch this film as you're gonna be SMOKED!! (according to Bim!)

FDFC.COM caught up with Bim, and asked him how he was, his reply was:

“I am lucky as I can mix with hearing or Deaf people as I have pretty good speech. I'm also quite well known in the Deaf community as I have been around for a while, socialising and stuff. I was born hearing, but became deaf when I was age three. I was born in Nigeria and came to the UK when I was three and went to a deaf school until I was 16. It was an oral school and at the time I thought it was pretty good. I thought the level of teaching was good as well and I left school with good grades.

Later I realised that there was something wrong with the way they taught oralism, for example, they told us if we used BSL we'd grow up to be bad people, or they would hit our hands with rulers. At the school there was a special unit for students with special learning disabilities. I realised later that these were just students who had speech problems, but we were told that if we signed we'd be sent to the unit.

When I was at school my great ambition was to be an architect, because my foster father was an architect. I told my crafts teacher about this ambition, but she told me there was no way I could do this because this was a job with lots of correspondence and meetings. She advised me not to do it. I thought the teacher knows best so I forgot about the whole idea.

I went on to do a course in 3D and Spatial design. The course involved interior design, product design, furniture design. I went on to do a BTEC National in 3D Design.

After this I went on to study product design at Sheffield Hallam University. I got a 2.1. degree. In fact, I was only 4 points off getting a first! I was the second best student in my year.

I didn't have an interpreter at Uni as it was the first time I was in a full hearing group and I was embarrassed about drawing attention to myself. I used a note�taker for all my classes. I was really lucky because I made friends with all the people on my course. At first the other hearing students were a bit unsure about working with a Deaf person, but by the end of the course they were all asking me for help with assignments and problems. They respected me for what I could do and for the amount of work that I put into my studies. Not that I didn't do my fair share of socialising!

University was the best time of my life. In the first year I socialised with deaf people a lot. In my second year I mixed with both Deaf and hearing people. Of course, in my third year I never went out and socialised, because I was far too busy studying…

Actually, I remember in my final year I organised the first Deaf ball in Sheffield. 400 Deaf people came and I presented a Deaf Blind Date, wearing a dress � I was Bimmy Black, not Cilla Black!

The whole time in Sheffield was really brilliant. It shaped me as a person and shaped my identity and beliefs. It gave me the direction I wanted to go in.

When I graduated I went to London. I was looking for a job and got short�listed for lots, some in big, multinational companies. With some I was asked to come back for a second interview, but I never got the job. Eventually I asked for some feedback. One company told me that I lacked computer skills. I had only applied for jobs relevant to my degree, but they all wanted computer skills as well. After graduating I was really confident that I could get a good job, so it was a real setback to find I couldn't. I was told there was no problem with my knowledge or communication skills, I just needed to learn something more.

I saw an ad for Shape London for a graphics course taught by a Deaf person, especially for Deaf people. I'd never been taught by a Deaf person before, never thought it could be done, but actually it was absolutely amazing. In my degree I was always too shy to ask questions in case it was the wrong question or I looked silly, so I said nothing. But on the deaf course � well, I never shut up! I asked and asked. The tutor had to stop me so she could get on with the lesson!

The whole thing made me feel so positive about the Deaf community, to see what we can achieve and to see the high standard of work Deaf people can achieve. The tutor told us about some of her experiences and showed us some of her art work, which was amazing. At first I couldn't believe that she had done this � I mean she was deaf! But then I thought � if she can do this, so can I! At the time I wasn't proud to be deaf, but now I realise that I can do anything in the world. No problem.

I started doing some graphic design work and Shape submitted some of my work to a charity design competition. I won! I decided to become a freelance graphic designer as I was getting a lot of work from Shape, but by November 1997 the work was drying up and I knew I was a 3D person at heart. Maybe it's because I am deaf I like to visualise things. Two dimensional design just isn't the same medium.

The tutor from the course I had attended to learn computing skills told me about her partner, a hearing guy who was a 3D animator. When I met him I realised we had a lot in common. He was a furniture designer and after graduating couldn't find a job. He'd gone from furniture design, through graphic design to 3D animation. Meeting him was an overwhelming experience. I saw his work and knew that that was exactly what I wanted to do. I told him that he had to teach me how to do this. Of course I would have to pay him and money was an issue. I applied to the Arts Council for a bursary and was given '3000 and he taught me one'to'one at his house for 10 lessons over 6 months. At university there are so many students in a group but with only me as the student, the training was really in'depth. After six months I was confident I could work on my own. I am now a freelance 3D designer and the training opened so many doors for me. I mean, I have done so much since then, directing music videos, produced lots of digital images, taught 3D animation, etc. and I am becoming more recognised freelance digital artist.

If I was asked to give advice to others it would be this:

– Go to uni : you'll learn more about yourself and about your subject.

– If you're the only Deaf person there that's good practice for your working life.

– When you are at uni don't waste that chance. You'll probably only get one go and it's something for the rest of your life.

– Finally, pursue your goals in life!”

FDFC.COM : Ok we'll come clean, we actually found this on the internet after googling Bim, and thought we'd paste it onto here. Here is the source : http://www.deafandcreative.ac.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=59 (Check out his photo!)

TOP
%d bloggers like this: