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Hotseat - Miklos Chomain Giterson

777_OnA_hotseatMiklos M. Chomain Giterson is a naturally talented Leo-born, who has a deep love for the arts, his family, country and talent. The son of former Education Commissioner Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet and Humphrey Giterson, Miklos grew up putting his best foot forward in whatever he did. It is with drive that he creates his popular dansical (dance musical) productions: Drama, which he has been entertaining audiences with over the years. The Sucker Garden resident was brought up under the Nicheren Daishonin's Buddhist values and is "an island boy to the core." The former Sr. Borgia and Milton Peters College student is single and is attracted to good company and laughter. He speaks about his passions in this week's Hot Seat.

How would you describe yourself?

I'm an ambitious person with big dreams and goals, a drive and strong determination to make my dreams come true. I'll do what it takes with little hesitation. Seeing people smile makes me a happy person. I hate to see people hurt (that's why I secretly hate stuff like judging competitions). I think I have a good eye for innate talent; I'm cursed with expensive taste and I love food.

What was the best part of growing up in St. Maarten?

What isn't good about growing up in St. Maarten? Being so close to family and friends; the freedom of being outside; the liming; the food and meeting all kinds of people from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures! Being able to catch a ferry for $20 and go to Anguilla or St. Barths. The good vibes of enjoying what some people spend thousands for. I'm a grateful island boy.

What were you like at school?

I was the quiet kid with the headphones. I hated most classes except music, art and handicraft. I always wanted to be around performers and artists at school. Friendly, but most definitely not helpful, cause I was not the smartest in class (laughs)! But my grades had to be up, especially being the son of a lady who stands upright for education and is a former commissioner of education.

Tertiary education?

I studied architecture at the EPI institute in Aruba. I lived there for four years and then moved to Amsterdam and studied Human Logistics and English at Hogeschool van Amsterdam.

How did you end up at VROMI?

I did several internships at ROB (former VROMI) while in college. I really liked the vibe there... so upon finishing school, I applied to work at ROB/VROMI.

How did you discover your passion for the arts?

I was born with this passion. I discovered it ever since I got my first radio as a kid for Christmas; being around my dad as he trained for song festivals and when I figured out what a record and cassette was.

How did you pursue this passion?

My sister Shobhan got me into the dance scene while helping her and schoolmates prepare for a dance competition. But the interesting thing is that I don't dance. I have huge respect for dancers who can remember choreography 'cause I cannot remember a count of eight if my life depended on it. I developed that innate eye for the "IT" factor when dealing with performances... which I love doing.

What is it about the arts that inspire you?

Whether it is music, acting, graphics, choreography or scripts, I am inspired by anything artistic that allows me to use my imagination and create a product that I feel people will love or respond to in a certain way. It's mostly the creating process that inspires me, especially when there are no (artistic) boundaries. I love pushing the envelope.

Your drama dansicals are quite popular. How did they come about?

I was playing around in a playlist trying to make a story from some of my favourite songs. That creation grew and before you knew it, I had a bunch of dancers and choreographers in my living room trying to explain to them the story and sell them the concept. Most of them felt the idea, and the rest is history.

Future plans for the arts?

I hope to start working with more talented young people on the island and give them at least something to start off from, especially the ambitious ones. I'll continue doing the best I can do.

Any other special talent?

Sometimes I like to feel that I can sing (laughs).

How do you spend your free time?

I like to kick back with family and/or friends. Surf the internet. I'm always interested in learning about life and esoteric science. Sometimes I help my god-brother run his sports bar: Time Out Sports Bar.

What are your favourite pastimes?

Being with friends and family; reading online – not books – (laughs); hanging on the beach or finding something interesting to do on the island; just recently I took up hiking our natural trails. I never watch TV.

Pet peeve?

I hate when people litter. All my friends know I hate when they litter. Don't throw anything out my car or especially on a beach. I will literally stop the car and make you pick it up. I think it's a nasty habit and says a lot about a person's character.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Probably doing mini-drama tours around the Caribbean (laughs); I always wanted to take the shows abroad. It'll be superb if I can solely make a living from the arts! Hopefully, in 10 years I will be!

What are you most scared of?

I am scared of life getting too boring. I always need something to keep me busy, to entertain me; I'm also definitely scared of big bodies of water where I can't see the bottom; and heights. Yes, as tall as I am, I am scared of heights.

If you could invite three famous people (dead or alive) for dinner, who would they be and what would you cook for them?

Bob Marley; Madonna and DJ Menace. Since I can't cook, I would hire my good friend Melissa Peterson to cook for us. She can cook!! But she will probably be chatting with Bob Marley all night!