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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Making It Happen



Perhaps the motto of my life is "make it happen." And I guess Maybel Williams' life, too? 

I think you guys are aware by now that I'm not thin nor pretty. I'm not the popular person in any of my social groups either. And then the word blogger, more so in the Philippines, connotes this thin, pretty, and popular girl who spends all her time living the good life and talking about it. When I started blogging three years ago, I knew I was not that girl. And actually, until now, I'm still not that girl.

I just make it happen. 

Make what happen? 

Make this blog happen. Make time to make this blog happen. Make new content happen even if there are times no one pays attention. Make new content even if I know judgmental people will come on and say things no one even deserves to hear. 

When people read blogs, it all seems too easy, right? Living the great life, getting free products, and enjoying the best of everything. Well, yes, there's that. But I think everyone knows by now that a blogger's blog is just a curated album of his or her life. This beauty blog, for instance, is just everything about the finished product. I never talk about what goes on the backroom, because I know that it's hard to understand the struggles of running a blog. When one is bombarded with images of free products, nice events, and everything that goes with it, it's really difficult to see what goes on behind it. It's not going to be easy to understand the difficulties because the first thing that comes to mind is that how hard can it be when everything is free? And how hard can it be when it's just pictures and writing? 

I know it's not easy to visualize things. But actually, before any blogger can even get free products, it takes at least about a hundred useful and relevant blog posts, about a year into the craft, and hundreds of hours. The pace will of course differ depending on who one knows, how lucky one is, and how popular one is upon starting the blog. 

One thing that's constant, though, is what each blogger goes through when creating each and every blog post. 

My blog doesn't chronicle all the work that goes into one blog post. It doesn't chronicle the time I spend at home instead of going out to finish doing posts. It doesn't chronicle all the hours that go to reviewing one product, from taking photos of the product, photos of me using it, and giving the final verdict on it. 

Even my tutorials work the same way. They are usually five minutes long, and they do not chronicle the fact that I spend at least 12 hours on average to produce one video, from set up, to filming, to editing, to doing voiceovers, and to finishing the whole thing. I've done voiceovers in our bathroom just so I can avoid the loud barks that our neighbors' dogs make and make the sound quality decent. I've also tried sitting down for almost six hours to do the voiceovers of one video because it was raining, it needed to be done, and I just had to make do with recording bit by bit whenever the rain stopped. 

I've also encountered having to clean our wooden floors after getting it soaking wet just for a 0.5 second piece of footage of me washing my face. 


It's just not as easy as it seems. 

More so that I'm not that thin, pretty, and popular girl. 

It's all about métier. Métier denotes craft, but it connotes passion for the craft. I'm not thin, pretty, nor popular. But I know in my heart that I have passion and respect for this craft. I have the passion to make it happen.

And to make exactly what happen?
To bring this blog to life. 

And perhaps métier is what I share with all the other determined bloggers in the world, and Maybel Williams herself. 

I know I've said it here before, but Maybel Williams wasn't exactly the prettiest girl, but she was the most determined to make it happen. She liked this guy, and to get his attention, she used soot to define her eyes. Her brother got scared she'd go blind so he mixed soot with Vaseline for her to use instead. And she snagged the guy. Maybelline is Maybel and Vaseline. 

I read this story about eight years ago and until now it still strikes me. Taking the makeup and the products aside, it's perhaps one of the most compelling brand stories I've ever heard because it's all about making things happen. It's not about being born with it. It's about working with what you have to make it. And I think that for someone like me who was not born with any factor that can make me successful in this craft, that's the mot comforting thing to know. 

I kinda want to tell them to change their slogan from "Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline." to "Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's métier." 

2 comments :

  1. This is such a touching post! I love it. ❤ Kudos to Doll Up Mari for being the #realest.

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