Jaya re­calls how she was re­jected by a show be­cause of her looks

Watchmen Daily Journal - - FUN. ENTERTAINMENT. EMOTIONS. LIFESTYLE - (Rachelle Si­a­zon, Pep.ph)

She may be the coun­try's Soul Diva, but Jaya said she went through a lot of re­jec ons be­fore she found her niche in show busi­ness.

This hap­pened around the me her mother, the late El­iz­a­beth Ram­sey, was helping her find a job for a cer­tain show. Jaya re­fused to men on the tle of the show.

“Sig­uro iba kasi nung pana­hon noon when I started.

“My mom was try­ing to push for me, hindi ko na sasabi­hin kung anong show at kanino.

“But I was re­ally turned down be­cause of my face, my color, and my hair— ev­ery­thing.

“Alam ko ‘yung re­jec on na hindi ka ma­g­a­nda...

“But at the end of the day, it's all about your tal­ent and when is your me, when is your mo­ment.

“My mo­ment didn't come here.”

Jaya started at the age of 10 as her mother's backup dancer and even­tu­ally landed s nts as a backup singer.

At 12 years old, she started go­ing solo in some shows.

It wasn’t un l she moved to the United States when Jaya fi­nally got her big break in the mu­sic scene and launched her first self‐ tled record al­bum.

Her sin­gle “If You Leave Me Now” even made it to Top 44 in the U.S. Bill­board Hot 100 list in 1990.

Dur­ing the mid-90s, Jaya made waves in the Philip­pine mu­sic scene with her hit record al­bums Jaya and Jaya In The Raw.

The Philip­pines' Soul Diva mused, “God had to put me there sa U.S. muna kasi nga mas bagay ako dun, ‘di ba?

“Sabi niya, ‘Dito ka muna, bi­gyan kita ng pan­galan dito, hayan. Ta­pos tigil natin ‘yan. Ta­pos dito ka ulit ba­lik. And then that's it, you set­tle.'

“And so nung nang­yari ‘yun, meron ka pa ring feel­ing na you’re fight­ing for some­thing, hindi mo alam kung ano, and then, at the end of the day, you for­get it.”

As for other in­stances when she en­coun­tered dis­crim­i­na­tion in show­biz, Jaya pointed out that she's se­cure enough not to feel put down by other peo­ple’s ex­pec­ta­tions of what it takes to be a star.

“You know what, take me for what I am, this is how I look like.

“I've never done my nose, I've never done any­thing.

“If you don’t like it, don't look at me.

She con­tin­ued, “May fil­ter. So patatan­gusin ko ‘yung ilong ko sa fil­ter.

“Gusto ko ma­puti ako, may fil­ter na Va­len­cia, Juno, Rise sa In­sta­gram.

“So you get older, you have chil­dren, you go through life, and you just say, marami pang im­por­tan­teng bagay kaysa pansinin ko pa yung re­jec­tion.

“Be­cause at the end of the day, eto pa, o, hindi pa ako ta­pos.”

Jaya on re­jec­tion when she was just start­ing in show­biz: "I was re­ally turned down be­cause of my face, my color, and my hair— ev­ery­thing. Alam ko yung re­jec­tion na hindi ka ma­g­a­nda... But at the end of the day, it's all about your tal­ent and when is your time, when is your mo­ment."

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