Points on the matter12:11 AM
I received some e-mails regarding my "experience" post about the styling stint that I did for a major footwear brand runway show. Some of the messages were positive and the rest were otherwise. You see, no matter what other people say (good or bad), I would always strive to stay true to myself, to what I believe in and to what I think is right. Having said that, I would like to point out a few things:
1) The entry is more than just a "rant". I wanted to call your attention; "you" my dear reader and tell you that in whatever industry you'd like to be in, it would always be tough. Not all the time, you'll meet people who'll treat you well and you should always prepare to pick your self up and deal with the real world when it gets as harsh as it can be. And in my experience, I've seen that behind the catwalk wasn't all beauty and glamor.
2) I apologize if I have placed the brand in the bad light but I firmly believe that I made it clear that I was referring to a "few people" both behind the brand and the production. Never have I included "everyone" in the story I narrated. I believe that the people I referred to should have been fully aware of what they represent (whether it's a brand, a corporation, an event, a production) so they should be more conscious of their words and actions.
3) You cannot just tell me to "suck it up" and not do anything about it because my principles reject the idea. I do know how to follow who's in charge given the situation; I do recognize authority and I have so much reverence for people in power with experience.
On the job, I've done my best to be professional but here in my blog, I chose to share the experience because I know someone out there (never estimate the power of one) can probably relate and/or get the message across. Hopefully, that entry will be one of the few little steps that can possibly if not change radically, shake up the system at the very least.
4) Writing that post doesn't mean I'm ungrateful. I thank the Almighty for the whole experience because it has made me realize and reflect, it has exposed me, it has taught me a lot and it has left me memories (good and bad) to smile at and look back to.
I'm overwhelmingly thankful for:
- Aisa because of the opportunity that she has widely opened for me and Ana.
- The friendship that I naturally and genuinely share with Ana and Aisa without pushing ourselves too hard.
- Argie for being nice and helpful during the whole course of the event.
- Ms. Ayet of Accessorize, including GB5 store manager Cheeni for letting us pull out accessories that saved our styling in a major way.
- The cooperative dressers and models at the back stage.
- Designer Dave Ocampo who touched our hearts when he humbly took the time to to acknowledge us and our work.
- The other people behind the scenes who have been pleasing to work with.
- Ana's dad, to Mich, to JR, to a bunch of Aisa's friends from FIP, our friends and family who are proud of us and all those who I forgot to express my gratitude to.
5) Though it saddens me if the entry would cost me some haters, I remain accountable for blogging something that's important to me. On a deeper level, the entry is a campaign for humility; an advocacy of kindness - to deal with people with respect, whether they are on top or at the bottom of the pyramid. This campaign is me plainly saying, "I am against people up the ranks who think highly of themselves; so high that they treat, talk and behave roughly to those below them."