Guest Lifestyle Editor Alexis SueAnn On The Reality Of Following Dreams And Staying Real In The Social Media Age | #FEMALE45

The high life that most celebs lead may be the envy of many, but our Guest Lifestyle Editor, actress-emcee-TV host, Alexis SueAnn believes that everyone should be true to themselves despite the unrealistic expectations that social media could inspire.

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I’m not going to lie, there are days when I wake up and wonder what my life would have been like if I had dropped everything in Malaysia and accepted the offer to go to Canada to further my studies. But that’s me, from a very young age – I’ve been making my own decisions based on instinct.

It was my dream to complete my studies in Canada but I never did as I decided to take on something entirely different, which happened by chance. You see, after completing my pre-university course, I had to wait for a few months to find out if my scholarship application was approved.

While waiting, I got an offer to work as an intern at a media giant in Kuala Lumpur (FYI I served coffee, photocopied documents and faxed paperwork without fussing over the tasks given to me). The only difference between me and the rest in my team was that I was given the opportunity to do some scriptwriting as I was one of the few who’s proficient in English.

I was even asked to fill in as a host for one of the live shows and that was when I realised that hosting is something that I’m passionate about. I remember it was quite nerve-racking as I was given only 15 minutes to prepare! Despite being thrown into the deep end, thankfully I managed to ace the job. Naturally, I went on to sign a contract with the company.

Coincidentally, a day after signing the contract, I got news that my scholarship application was given the nod. Imagine the quandary I was in! After much thought and consideration, I chose to uphold what I had signed up for. After all, it was the company that gave me my big break and it was where I discovered my true calling – hosting.

Believe me, my choice has nothing to do with fame but rather the feeling of joy and gratification I get whenever I receive positive messages from viewers – they’re very meaningful to me and they inspire and motivate me to do better.

I hosted a popular segment for one of the TV stations at the media organisation for a year and the experience taught me how to open up to people and to take constructive criticism positively. Fast forward six years later, I’m here to tell you that it’s absolutely fine to listen to your heart and follow your intuition. I admit that I’ve built upon a persona on social media which revolves around on all things positive. As a result, most people assume that my life is perfect.

Alexis at work as our Guest Lifestyle Editor!

But just like the lives of many other celebrities and personalities that I know, mine isn’t a bed of roses either.

There are ups and downs (for example, I often find myself questioning why do I have to work extra hard while some people my age have it easy?), but at the end of the day, I feel beyond blessed with what the universe has given me.

This year, I made a vow to look and behave as vulnerable as possible through my digital platforms so that people will get to know the real me. Sure, I admire celebrities who take pride in being and looking their perfect best, but I want to show the real me as well. If I feel like wearing jeans and a T-shirt without any makeup on, that’s exactly what I’d feature on my IG. I feel that as a public figure, it’s my duty to educate and motivate my followers.

Sometimes I’d get DMs from my followers who tell me that I’ve helped them overcome their feelings of hopelessness or sadness. Such heart-warming notes really make my day and they make me want to do more for my fans! I always tell them that a beautiful person is one who has a beautiful mind and soul, and that looks are secondary and temporary.

Sometimes I’d get DMs from my followers who tell me that I’ve helped them overcome their feelings of hopelessness or sadness. Such heart-warming notes really make my day and they make me want to do more for my fans! I always tell them that a beautiful person is one who has a beautiful mind and soul, and that looks are secondary and temporary.

You’re more talented than you know and more capable than you think you are! Most importantly, learn how to accept yourself for who you are. Sit down, relax and learn how to manifest all these positive thoughts and count your blessings. Only then will you start to feel good being you and that’s when you gain happiness!

From the print edition.