As a handful of my colleagues in the marketing team, my family, and good friends know that I auditioned for a reality singing contest last March 9, I found my self preparing for it few weeks back before THE day. Here are few highlights.
Aside from having to relentlessly work-out for 15 straight days every night and sleep very late, I planned a photo shoot with my friends and enrolled in a 2-day + 4-hour crash course to bring back the shape of my voice.
During the last month of February this year, I got in touch with one of my professional photographer friends, Paulo Navarra, and asked his help if he can take my photos. Little did I expect that he’ll insist to do the photo shoot (slightly) for free. All he wanted in return were Hot Wings and Charlie Chan from Yellow Cab. Those were his requests. Thought I was going to pay huge amount of money for that shoot, but he’s super kind and treated this shoot just like one of his client shoots. ;)
Here’s us after wrapping up the shoot and after eating our late lunch. Aside from Pau, I have also got in touch with one of the best make-up artists I know, Ria Redor, who agreed to do my hair and make-up for the shoot. Gave her few photos of models / celebrities as to how I want my HMU to look and yes, she definitely pulled it off. We loved the lip colors so much, we can’t stop saying we love ‘em. HAHA! :P
I loved how Pau and Ria helped out in the styling and found each other as friends from common friends - small world, huh? :>
This is my first time EVER to reveal this. My good friend (*coughs* a.k.a the photographer) placed “The Voice” in the middle of my nickname and last name on the envelope where the DVD of the photos is placed. You didn’t fail to encourage me TOO much to pursue this lifelong dream, mister. You’re such a VERY supportive friend and I’m truly grateful for that!:)
Here are two of my fave photos:
Just that week, I started with my voice lessons with two of the kindest voice coaches in Trumpets Musicademy, Teacher Weng Belar and Teacher Francis Belar. They teamed up in giving tips to get through the auditions and in helping out to choose which songs fit my vocal range. Never to be forgotten were their prayers and well wishes for me to make it through.
And here’s their cute and talented daughter, Ashley, who kept us (me and teacher Weng) company on my both days of my voice lessons.
FAST FORWARD TO THE DAY » After cuing in a VERY long line with aspirants and auditionees, I got this sticker that qualified me to the second round of auditions. Two of my good college friends auditioned as well and we all made it to the second round. This time, it’s the TV screening. Although, the three of us didn’t make it and didn’t receive any calls from the TVP team few weeks after the auditions, we were okay about it.
I will forever be grateful for this experience cause the last time I auditioned for a singing contest few years ago, I didn’t make it even through the first round. Truly grateful to make it to the second round this time. This whole experience from the photo shoot, voice lessons, down to the auditions kept me on my toes cause of the people I’ve met in this journey and how they made me feel. This changed me in a good way and helped me to become a better person.
I am now one step closer to that dream to make it to the final round for the next singing competitions I’ll audition in the future. It may not be for me this time, but I know in God’s perfect time I will.
All of the hard work paid off (the voice lessons, long lines, heat, almost 8 hours of no decent meal to eat and what have you) and I couldn’t thank God enough for placing me this close to THAT aspiration to make it.