The 27-year-old singer and musician talks about the importance of acknowledging your feelings.
CONNECTING WITH YOUR AUDIENCE What I love most about performing is interacting with my audience. One of my problems starting out was I would talk more than sing during my gigs, because I would use that time for stand-up comedy. I get such a high from being in front of an audience especially when it’s home-based like Route 196 or Saguijo—the places I really play at. When you kind of know the audience already, it’s nice to interact with them: talk about why you wrote the songs, then they say that they can relate and stuff—’ yungmga humihiritlangnamedyolasingna. I love talking to those people because it’s like fuel for more music. then I saw people like Coach Lea and Coach Sharon who are so well-trained in this world—the amount of strength they have to be able to survive in this industry became motivation for me. I realized you have to trust yourself a little more. Because if you keep listening to others, especially haters online, that’s insane.
ACCEPTING THAT YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE
At first, I would read all the comments about me and I would just get so down, but after a while it seemed pointless. What do you get out of it? I realized if you try to convince everyone, that’s tough because it would be so unnatural for you. Sabi ko, there are people who still like me, not all is lost. You really can’t please everyone. That’s such a cliché but when you finally realize it, you settle into yourself a little more and you find happiness where you can.
BEING OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE
Thinking about and planning for the future makes me happy. It’s a good and a bad thing because I tend to not exist in the now—i’m always looking ahead. I just love thinking about what I’m going to do next and it never turns out the way I plan it, but that’s the exciting part. Then, when you look back on your notes, it’s like, “Yup, you didn’t get anything right.”
USING PAINFUL EXPERIENCES AS MOTIVATION
To be honest, I made my first album because I broke up with someone. It was like a revenge thing. After my first break-up I thought, “I’m gonna be someone.” So I made my album, started gigging more, and made a name for myself. Then, I ended up dating someone else, and then I got dumped after my album launch. Yes. So after that I was like, “I’m gonna be something.” And when I got into The Voice I was like, “There you go.” But those two breakups definitely encouraged me to trust myself and to be someone on my own. When you do that, everything else will just follow.