Your Favorite YouTube Stars Share That One Advice You Need to Make It Just Like Them
Ayala Malls gathered your favorite YouTubers for a meet up with fans, and we had a chance to interview some of them! We know that being a YouTuber isn't easy; you have to be in front of the camera, come up with high-quality content, post videos every week (at least), and be your own production team. It's really a Do-It-Yourself process, and that's what we admire most about them.
So we really have to ask your faves Janina Vela, Michelle Dy, and Lloyd Cadena to answer some questions you have been dying to ask them below!
How do you keep your private life "private" because it's difficult as a public figure?
Janina: "Actually, it just goes with how comfortable I am. There are those moments where I just want to be in the moment. When those times come, I don't force it because when I force things out, they won't be happy with the content, and I won't be happy with the content. So it would be unsatisfying for both parties. As long as I'm comfortable enough, I share as much as I can."
Michelle: "Minsan hindi siya nako-control, but it takes a lot of work."
Lloyd: "Siguro i-segregate mo lang 'yung mga parts na hindi pwedeng i-share, like love life. Set a standard kung ano lang mga gusto mong ilabas. Anyway, you can edit it naman because you're the editor; you have the freedom to choose."
If you weren't a YouTuber, what would you be doing right now?
Janina: "I would be a very good student." *winks*
Michelle: "A professional bummer." *laughs*
Lloyd: "Kasi ang course ko Financial Management, so baka teller sa bangko."
Which celebrity would you want to be on your YouTube channel?
Janina: "The voice actress of Moana, Auli'i Cravalho. A lot of people are telling me we have a lot of similarities. I would really want her to be on my channel or just actually meet her! That would really be great, too. Another person is Liza Soberano. Everyone wants to meet her, right? She's just so cute, and so nice!"
Michelle: "Of course I would want Liza Soberano."
Lloyd: "Vice Ganda, that would be fun."
What is your advice to people who want to be a YouTuber, but don't have the confidence to do so?
Janina: "I think that when I started YouTubing, I wasn't confident either. The more you think about it, the more the nerves get to you. There are times you just YOLO; you just do it. I understand why they're not comfortable in doing it, but there's a different kind of confidence and bravery that comes with being vulnerable with people, and showing who you really are. And that's such a beautiful thing about YouTube."
Michelle: "Forget the worries; start NOW."
Lloyd: "First, dapat may confidence ka talaga because when you're on YouTube, you're facing a lot of people na may iba't ibang personality. So dapat even if you don't have that confidence yet, practice mo na. You would face a lot of haters sa umpisa; masakit talaga 'yun. At the end of the day, it's what you do naman. If you love what you're doing, it will love you back.”
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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.
If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.
And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.
Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.
Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”