The girls wanted to know how I got my dream job (or jobs). I walked them through my long TV career — from how I started as a reporter to how I became a TV host for the shows F, Proudly Filipina, ANC Life, Guide to Urban Living and to eventually produce and host Urban Zone. I also talked about how I got my brand collaborations and how I started this blog. My language and delivery were much simplified because I wanted the girls to get my story. I shared some lessons like all the good things happening to me now (like the Taylor Swift interview) are results of many years of hard work and mastering my craft. And one thing I want them to remember – never be afraid to ask for what you want.
I loved seeing the faces of these wide-eyed girls with big dreams! It was a privilege to share my story – that nothing is impossible if you are determined, focused, willing to learn and work hard. But you have to be smart too. Education counts. Even though I didn’t end up in the field that I studied, having my degree a good university gave me confidence to try new things without being afraid of failure. There was no road map for this journey that I chose. No one new that blogs would be considered a valid form of media 10 years ago. I didn’t know how to get DAPHNE products out in the market. In my TV work, I’ve had doors close on me. I’ve handled disappointment. I was told that what I wanted was impossible. But continued doing what I loved doing which was telling a story – using words, pictures and videos. Everything else followed. And I still love what I’m doing.
All the kids and moms received bracelets from my sponsor Gingersnaps.