I had the pleasure of interviewing Pop Sensation, Singer/Songwriter, Record-Producer, TV Host, Executive Producer, and Actress — Rutherine!
What is your “backstory”?
I started singing as young as 4 years old, it came naturally to me but, I didn’t really pursue music professionally until 2016 when I decided to start writing my own music. I had this strong desire to create music that was encouraging, inspiring and uplifting. I recall writing poetries to God when I was happy or sad (mostly sad). Most of the poetries I wrote were for boyfriends (or should I say, ex-boyfriends) of which they never saw. My own little secret poetries just between me and God.
As far as dancing…it’s in my lifeblood. Now that I have my own label, I’m able to infuse my singing, dancing, and songwriting all at the same time. With the help of a lot of people on my team from co-writers, co-producers, engineers, dancers, choreographers, assistants, my beautiful and hardworking publicist, videographers, photographers, directors, actors and extras on my music videos, sponsors, my fans, friends and family’s support — I am able to somewhat make it all happen (it’s been quite an evolution). I’m grateful for the journey.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?
Most interesting story I would have to say is meeting famous artists backstage. I have to admit, I still get a little star struck. I wouldn’t be able to meet with anyone famous had I not been an artist myself. It’s been quite surreal to say the least.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I’m working on a new music video in September. There’s also a great deal of TV appearances, “LIVE” shows, radio interviews, and performances lined up.
Who are some of the most famous people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I guess it would depend on who you would consider “famous”. I have had the privilege to interact with a lot of BIG Filipino artists. Lani Misalucha is one of them. She had a residency at Bally’s Vegas Hotel & Casino. I have met her and her husband and admire them as individuals and as a couple.
I had lunch with Donita Rose, TV host and former MTV Asia VJ. She’s considered a Super Star in the Philippines.
I did a front act for Regine Velasquez and Oggie Alcasid, Vhong Navarro, AEGIS band (all huge names from the Philippines). I was able to hang out with them backstage and take pictures. In the early years of my career, I did opening acts for Piolo Pascual, Coco Martin, Sheryn Regis and Sarah Geronimo just to name a few.
I have also met Eddie Levert. I ran into him when we were doing our own recording sessions at the same time. I said hi to him, we chatted a bit and took pictures.
Who has inspired you? Why?
As an artist, Whitney Houston because of her originality, wide vocal range, and style.
As a person, I’m inspired by Business Coach, Dani Johnson. I love that she’s fierce, genuine, hard-working, is good-hearted and is such an encourager.
Can you share 6 “non-intuitive tips” to succeed in the music industry? Can you explain?
HARD WORK. We reap what we sow. We can’t be upset for the results we didn’t get from the work we didn’t do. When a farmer plants a seed, he knows the fruits by its season. A normal person would probably just stomp the soil after waiting a couple of months with no harvest. A farmer on the other hand, plants the seed, gives it water, plenty of sunshine, fertilizer then waits for its due season. Likewise, in pursuing our dreams we need to know that nothing materializes overnight. Anything that’s truly worth it, takes time. Eventually, dreams do come true. But, we can’t lose hope when nothing happens right away.
ACT ON IT. Dreams are a “MUST” to-do list; an important task that has to be accomplished. What were your dreams when you were kid? Some dreamed of becoming a star in Hollywood, some dreamed of traveling the world, others aspired to play a guitar, to learn several languages, to be a millionaire… The difference between someone accomplishing their dreams and those who do not is the action behind it.
IMPROVE YOUR CRAFT. There’s good, and then…there’s great! You raise your value by investing in yourself. Spend money on trainings, classes, workshops, vocal coaches, choreographers, etc… Hone your skills, and set a high performance standard that’s worthy of recognition.
PEOPLE FACTOR. Your popularity and long term success in the industry has a direct correlation on the support of your fan base and those you work with. Be genuinely grateful and show how much you value them.
HUMILITY. We’ve all at some point seen “diva” attitudes in full display. And, I’m sure everyone would agree that it’s not a good look. There’s so much truth to the saying, “Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will.” Fame and fortune can get to one’s head real quick. But, I think remaining grounded regardless of all that comes with the celebrity status will bring in more good and abundance.
PRAY. Sometimes no matter how hard we work, without God’s anointing, we labor in vain. Acknowledging where all the blessing comes from is the key to ultimate success.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
The talents I have would be worthless if I’m unable to use it for good. I pursued a career in entertainment not for the “Super Star” status, but to be able to utilize the platform and influence to inspire a generation. The songs I write are written to uplift, motivate, and inspire. In a world where we’re inundated with a lot of bad news and negativity, my hope is that I can bring some good vibes that bring hope, and encouragement through my music.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
- SEEK A MENTOR — there’s wisdom in learning from those who have gone before you. You’ll still make mistakes in the process, but it’ll cost you less the time, money & effort to have first-hand guidance from those that have already experienced and lived through it.
- VET THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH — In this industry, many will promise you the world but will seldom deliver. Ask for references, and review the work they’ve done in the past. Look at their proven track record. The results never lie.
- IT’S NOT EASY — the red carpet, the limelight and the stage might be enticing for those admiring you from a distant but there’s a great deal of disappointments, rejection and competition in this industry. It definitely is not for the faint of heart. But, if this is everything you’ve ever dreamed of, I assure you that it’s worth fighting for.
- EDUCATE YOURSELF — It’s not just about singing, dancing or performing. There is so much to learn. Protect yourself by educating yourself in every aspect of your career. The only way to make sound decisions is to be informed.
- THIS IS A BUSINESS — treat it like one.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview and be in touch with some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she just might see this.
Jennifer Lopez! I would like to have breakfast or lunch with her and ask her to share the secrets to her success. I admire her a lot. I like her classy style, the passion she puts into her performances, her success as an entrepreneur, as a pop artist, and as an actress. She’s done it all and has been at the top of her game in all of it. It would be a dream come true to be able to sit down with her one day.