On her current influence
9. One of the coolest things that we notice about you is that at 24, you know who you are and what you want. Does anything ever get to you?
A: “Of course, I get affected by a lot of things. I think I’m at a point in my life where I realise that over caring about things that are not important is just a waste of my time, because in several years, they’re not going to be relevant anymore. So I try not to sweat the small stuff. When you’re surrounded by insanity, sometimes you just have to hold it together.”
10. If you could sum up your ‘vibe’, what would it be?
A: “I used to be so tensed, but now I’m just chill. I used to sweat over everything cos I’m such a perfectionist when it comes to work. If one thing didn’t go well, I would have so much anxiety. Now, if it doesn’t go exactly the way that I planned, it doesn’t mean that it’s not going to be great.”
11. You act, host and model; any other roles you’d like to add to your cap – and which order do they come in today?
A: “I would like to say that acting comes in first, followed by hosting both TV and events. I don’t feel like a digital influencer though. I don’t want to disrespect social media influencers in what they do, because I don’t do that. Like when I work with brands; I can take a picture wearing or with your product, but I don’t film, edit, and do a video, because a content creator is not who I am. There’s a distinct difference. It’s not that I can’t do it, but that’s not not what I do. I always find it interesting when people label me as an influencer; do I have followers, yes, but it’s not because I worked towards getting them. It’s just cos I ended up being on TV and it kind of happened.”
12. How do you feel about being ‘Insta-famous’ and getting an award for it? What do you think of the term ‘digital influencer’ and what’s your take on it in general?
A: “That was the Anugerah Instafamous by hurr.tv and the one that I won was the Instafamous Stylista category. I was really touched when I received it but at the same time, it was just one of those things that I really didn’t expect. Would I consider myself as Insta-famous? I guess I have an above average numbers of followers on Instagram and I do try to keep my posts up. But I also have come to a point in my life where I see this stuff being superficial. Cos I see it misused and mishandled so often. But not to disrespect the entire industry cos I also feel like it’s for people who are genuinely creative and enjoy this type of thing. So I think that there’s a lot of good that can be done there, but also, because I work in the industry, I’ve seen it go so sour. I’m very on the fence about it; I feel that if you’re responsible about your social media usage, then that’s good.”
13. Your fans are called #Famelia. What makes them special to you?
A: “My fans are so cute. They have a group chat, which is only something that happens when you’re on mass market TV, and my manager is a part of it. So they sent her a list of fan club names that they had come up with such as ‘Amelians’ or ‘One in Amelians’. The one that I liked the best was `Famelia’ because it’s a play on the Spanish word which means family. I prefer the word family cos I feel like I’m not being put on a pedestal. I get really wary when someone says they’re my biggest fan. I’m just a normal person. I’m not someone that needs to be looked up to or something because, I’m just trying my best.”