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by Jazzy Lazzie

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”47245″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”“Singing can also be considered a sport in the sense that we need lots of practice, rest and time”” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Bitter%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]How long have you been a part time singer for, and what do you work as full time?

I’ve been singing since I was a toddler but I’ve been active since I was 18. I’m currently working as a Client Representative at Meltwater, where I help and manage our clients.

What was your first public performance like?

I was probably 10 when I sang onstage alone for the very first time. It was at A’ Famosa and I was called on stage because my cousin dared me to. I sang My Heart Will Go On. Not too sure whether the crowd applauded because I was good or because I was stupidly brave.

What do you enjoy about being a part time singer?

Music is my life and singing just comes naturally. I am generally an emotional person so to be able to express myself through songwriting is one of the best feelings in the world.

How often do you practice singing?

I sing in my car everyday – I hope that counts as a practice!

What is a common misconception about singers?

That singing is easy. It’s not.

What are the challenges you face as a singer?

When I was actively singing every weekend, one of the biggest challenges was not having enough rest. Singing can also be considered a sport in the sense that we need lots of practice, rest and time. So when you have back-to-back performances and lack of rest you put your voice into a very dangerous situation that could lead to throat infections.

Seeing as your job is your passion, how do you balance your normal life with your part time singing?

At this moment, I am having a hard time finding the balance. I love music, I love performing, but my job restricts my creativity. The first thing I do after work is to shower and then relax. Being in front of two computer monitors at the same time takes a toll on your mental state.

What do your friends and family think of your career as a part time singer?

They are very supportive and keep telling me to do it full time.

What is your ultimate satisfaction from performing?

When the crowd listens to my own songs and actually gets as emotional as I am – that’s the ultimate satisfaction. To be able to share what you feel and to know that there’s somebody out there that feels the same way… It’s just like falling in love.

How do you keep up your popularity among a pool of singers? Any magic tool/trait?

(Laughs) I don’t keep up! I’m a little introverted so it’s a tad tough to have the spotlight on me. But having a loud and clear voice projection really helps to get attention.

What was your most memorable performance?

It was last year for a fundraising show at Kedai Sebelah. It was a highlight because it was my first time singing my song Disappear in front of the person I wrote the song about. I don’t usually get nervous before a performance but I was literally shaking because the song is very personal and I got super emotional.

What’s your ultimate goal from this singing career?

My ultimate goal is to be able to have enough money to release an EP and share my music to the world by touring!

How much longer do you see yourself as a singer in future?

I have slowed down because I can’t find the time anymore but singing/songwriting/music is my life so I don’t see myself stopping. Not even when I’m wrinkly and old. I foresee myself singing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ at that age.

What’s your advice to aspiring singers?

Never stop singing and take your talent to the Internet. Viral is the way to go now![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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