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