By Sara Grace C. Fojas
What to do with that nagging feeling of becoming a singer, actor, dancer, or an artist? Simple, you sing, act, dance, and draw. You do whatever it takes to make that dream come true.
With perseverance, and little help from your supportive parents and Promil I-Shine, that dream is within reach sooner that you thought it would, just like what happened to Alta Saycon, Claire Geonzon, and Yessha Dela Calzada.
I-Shine is an online talent camp for kids, which help you hone your talent to its maximum potential. Open to kids three years old and above, this year’s I-Shine Camp 5 will have three camps: stage camp (singing and dancing), music camp, and art camp. At the camps, you’ll get the opportunity to work with super cool mentors who will draw out your talents like Teacher Georcelle Dapat-Sy and Rico Blanco for the stage camp, Ryan Cayabyab for the music camp, and Robert Alejandro for art camp.
This is not your usual camping adventure where you sleep in tents and roast marshmallows over a campfire. I-Shine is a digital camp where put your artistic gifts and computers to good use because your mentors will send you tutorial videos along with tasks you have to accomplish—at the comforts of your own home. You then send a video of yourself completing your tasks to your mentors. In turn, they will give you useful tips and tricks to keep you on track to your road to awesomeness. Cool, right?
“The camp is really fun and exciting. Last year, my teacher was Xian Lim for art and, working with him, I learned how to improve my talent. He always reminds me to color in one stroke only so that my drawings will look beautiful,” says eight-year-old Alta.
Alta was always fond of art even when she was younger. Her crayons wouldn’t last a week because she would draw and color all the time. Claire and Yessha, on other hand, are born singers.
“I always have fun when I sing. My teacher was Karylle and she taught me how to lip drill and vocalize. My favorite song is “Maybe” from Annie,” says seven-year-old Claire.
Claire once surprised her parents when she sang “Let it Go” in a school program, while Yessha could already hum tunes as early as two years old.
“It was a very fun experience because I met a lot of friends and I became the Grand Finalist. I’m also happy because my mom and dad supported and helped me do my tasks and we practiced together. The mentors would send us emails every week. They would give us tasks and a deadline. Then we’d send our videos to them promptly,” shares Yessha, who is now seven.
After the camp, many doors opened for the three very talented girls like winning in various contests and getting recognition. They just practiced, had fun, and believed in themselves, and everything just fell into place.
“If you like singing, then sing. Just practice and practice and listen to your parents,” ends Yessha.