The 20-year-old MTV VJ, blog­ger, and Youtu­ber talks about how her pas­sion for mu­sic brought her out of her shell.

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COM­ING OUT OF YOUR SHELL How does an introvert be­come a VJ? I started by mak­ing Youtube videos. This meant it was just me and the cam­era, with no­body watch­ing— un­til I up­loaded the video on­line. I thought MTV would be the same con­cept, and that helped me re­lax a lit­tle when it came to au­di­tions and even now dur­ing tap­ing. De­spite be­ing the introvert that I am, it isn’t so hard talk­ing about mu­sic since it’s some­thing I’m in­ter­ested in to be­gin with. For those who are in­tro­verted and want to break out of their shells, take baby steps and work your way to­wards your goal. You will slowly but surely be able to find your­self by push­ing your lim­its. There’s noth­ing wrong with a lit­tle hu­man in­ter­ac­tion too! [Laughs]

BE­ING PAS­SION­ATE ABOUT YOUR JOB

I love be­ing able to talk about mu­sic and shar­ing it with an au­di­ence. Mu­sic is my pas­sion. I grew up lis­ten­ing to dif­fer­ent gen­res—from clas­si­cal and reg­gae to clas­sic rock, pop, and hip hop, mu­sic in­spires me. Depend­ing on the mood, vibe, genre, and lyrics, mu­sic ei­ther hy­pes me up, mo­ti­vates me, or in­spires me to be ac­tive, be it through cre­at­ing art­work or even work­ing out. Be­ing able to talk about my pas­sion just makes the job more fun.

HAV­ING A CRE­ATIVE OUT­LET

I en­joy do­ing any­thing artsy! I’ve been into draw­ing and paint­ing since I was three. Mak­ing art is more of a re­lease and a way of ex­press­ing my­self. While some peo­ple pre­fer to vent or eat, I draw. I also like prac­tic­ing cal­lig­ra­phy, and even lip-sync­ing to songs and up­load­ing them on In­sta­gram and Mu­si­cal.ly.

EX­PER­I­MENT­ING WITH MAKEUP

I got into makeup last year when I be­gan do­ing beauty shoots and bor­row­ing my mom’s makeup. As some­one who draws and paints, I en­joy ex­per­i­ment­ing with it and I guess it was a nat­u­ral tran­si­tion from the can­vas to my face. Wear­ing makeup makes me feel em­pow­ered, as if my in­ner god­dess is shin­ing through when I swipe on some lip­stick. My goto ev­ery­day look is very bare-faced and nat­u­ral, and I usu­ally wear mas­cara and like wear­ing pink­ish nudes and brown matte liq­uid lip­stick.

GET­TING LOST IN A GOOD BOOK

Read­ing al­ways puts me in a good mood. It calms me down and trans­ports me to an­other world, more so when I read [Haruki] Mu­rakami’s books. Not only am I trav­el­ing to Ja­pan via book, I’m taken through the meta­phys­i­cal world where you can meet talk­ing cats, wan­der­ing spir­its, or a mys­te­ri­ous sheep man. My fa­vorite Mu­rakami book so far is Dancedance Dance be­cause I love the pac­ing, mys­te­ri­ous­ness, plot twists, and the blasé per­son­al­i­ties of all his char­ac­ters.

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