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How You Can Own It in this Day and Age

Learn how to own in from At Sunset, Max Schneider, and Sam Tsui.
IMAGE Frances Beltran

Last July 9, I had the immense pleasure of attending Smart's #OwnItConcert that was held in a packed Araneta Coliseum. Despite the furious storm decorating the skies and streets, tons of fans passionately braved the weather to witness the 7 young YouTube-born artists rock out on stage to the beat of beloved covers and surprising but equally wonderful new music.

The theme "#OwnIt" was established to inspire millennials to find their passion and seize it by the reigns. And thankfully, now that showcasing your talent can be done through more than just being in professional showbiz, there are so many available outlets for people to express themselves! With Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Musica.ly, and Tumblr, just about anyone with a stable internet connection and working device can display their talent for the whole world to see.

But with the advent of all these social media platforms comes the, increasingly difficult task of staying afloat amidst millions of similar creators.

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So that inspires the question: How can you even #OwnIt in this day and age if everybody else is trying to #OwnIt too?

Well, thanks to Smart Music and 3 out of the many talented artists of the event, you can now find out.

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  1. Lynk (aka At Sunset)

How they #OwnIt: This up and coming Australian pop rock band may just have had their first overseas concert, but this talented bunch has been dominating internationally for 4 now! First discovered on YouTube, brothers Harrison, Andrew, and Matthew Kantarias instantly rose to fame when their channel hit it off after gaining over a million views on their "As Long As You Love Me" cover.

How you can #OwnIt like them: Gather a bunch of passionate and equally talented individuals and form a group! Whether you want to be the heads for a campaign, or the next One Direction, making a team of creatives helps jumpstart the progress of your idea especially if you're all committed. As long as you keep drive alive, you'll be sure to get places with equal determination.

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  1. Max Schneider

How he #OwnsIt: Anyone who attended the event or even just saw videos or photos from it would know just how much this 24-year-old YouTube phenomenon claims the stage and completely encapsulates the audience's attention. Sky rocketing to fame after various viral videos, Max's presence is one that demands to be noticed. With his impossibly suave personality and party anthem tunes, it's hard not to fall in love with this charming artist.

How you can #OwnIt like it him: When it comes to working on your craft, you either go big or go home. Max wouldn't be where he was today if he didn't put in all of his energy, emotion, and efforts into his music. He is passionate about what he does and never puts out or does anything half-hearted; whether a funky choreography piece or electric new tunes, if it's the 100% best version of the product, it won't be going anywhere except back to the editing room.

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  1. Sam Tsui

How he #OwnsIt: If you were on YouTube around 2011, then you've probably heard his name couple of times. A trailblazer of the first generation of YouTube celebrities, the Pennsylvanian native is an icon of the video sharing website. With dozens of new hits every month since his rise to fame 5 years ago, Sam has become one of the most popular—if not the most—stars born from well-known and artfully created covers, mashups, and original music.

How you can #OwnIt like him: Do something that sets you aside from everyone else. Sam wouldn't be the star that he is now if he stuck to covers that sounded like their original versions. You have to put your own twist to things and have faith that your unique quirks will attract a loyal group of supporters. You can't just imitate what you know will work. You have to take risks because this is what will create the division between you and the mainstream. Sail away from safe harbor or you will be anchored to the same spot forever.

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Frances is a 15-year-old student from Saint Pedro College. If she's not writing stories, DIY-ing crafts and accessories, styling both herself and friends, binge watching TV shows, acting or singing on a stage, then you'll probably find her obsessing over her meticulously assembled Instagram captions or attempting to achieve the perfect flat lay.
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When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

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6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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