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