Whenever we look at celebrities, we always assume they have the easy life. We see them on TV and social media, and we get jealous because we have to wake up early in the morning, beat rush hour traffic, and deal with “work” while these artists spend their weekdays at the beach and still get paid thousands (or millions) of pesos.
But Chito Miranda of the rock band Parokya Ni Edgar would like to differ. According to a Facebook post he shared today, it takes just as much work being a musician. According to him:
Maraming nagsasabi sa akin whenever I post pics of me working or resting na ang sarap daw ng buhay ko.
Siguro dahil when they see me relaxing, akala nila hindi ko kailangan masyado magtrabaho, patambay-tambay lang dito sa bahay or tamang biking lang dito sa village namin sa Tagaytay.
At pag nakikita naman nila ako na nagtatrabaho, feeling nila since masaya trabaho namin, na madali lang siya at hindi talaga siya trabaho kasi nga, masaya.
(Whenever people see pictures of me working or resting, they tell me I have the good life.
Maybe it’s because when they see me relaxing, they think I don’t need to work much or that I just hang out or bike around the village in Tagaytay.
And when they do see me working, they think it’s easy because it’s fun and easy, and that it’s not really work because it’s fun.)
It’s a common misconception for those working in the creative field, and Chito would like to set the record straight.
Totoo naman yun…masaya ang buhay ko. But I worked hard my entire life to get here and hanggang ngayon, I still work hard everyday. I am a workaholic and sobra ang focus ko sa Parokya…kaya when I rest, todo-relax din talaga.
(It’s true that my life is fun. But I worked hard my entire life to get here and until now, I still work hard everyday. I am a workaholic and I am really focused on Parokya.. That’s why when I rest, I really rest.)
He then mentioned that he’s been working since he was six years old. He said that his family had to borrow money just so they can send him and his brother to Ateneo so they could go to a good college. And when he reached college, he had to support himself.
I’ve been supporting myself since I was 19 years old. And for the first three years ng Parokya, we played for free. Minsan may bayad na P300, at pag sinuswerte, P1000 (sa buong banda na yun!)
(I’ve been supporting myself since I was 19 years old. And for the first three years of Parokya, we played for free. Sometimes they would pay us P300, and if we’re lucky, P1000 (for the whole band!))
He has really good advice for everyone, whether or not you want to be in the creative field. According to him:
Masarap ang buhay ko kasi I work hard constantly. Masaya ang buhay ko kasi pinaghirapan ko lahat. I’m blessed, not because swerte ako, but because God has given me what He thinks I deserve.
Mas swerte ang taong masipag kesa sa taong tamad.
If you want something, work for it. If you want something bigger, work harder than everyone else.
(I have a good life because I work hard constantly. My life is fun because I worked hard for it. I’m blessed, not because I’m lucky, but because God has given me what He thinks I deserve.
The hardworking person is luckier than the lazy person.
If you want something, work for it. If you want something bigger, work harder than everyone else.)
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