With a new attitude towards her life, Liza Soberano is free to do she wants for her career.
Liza Soberano, or should we say Hope Soberano, is no longer just the pretty face that some stereotype her to be. While a new era was coming following her signing with Careless Music in 2022, that all went into overdrive when she dropped her latest YouTube video, This Is Me, on February 26. In no uncertain terms, she laid down how up until recently, she felt her career was one that she had barely any control over. And while she has gone on to express gratitude towards the people who helped her become the star that she is, Liza let it be known that she’s ready to be her own person moving forward.
As one of the country’s top stars, Liza’s vlog felt like a revelation to many as she mapped out the plans for herself. It’s one of the boldest moves the superstar has ever done, and one many of us can learn from. From Liza’s latest career move to being her own person, here are some takeaways to consider.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START SOMETHING NEW
Ever since she was 16, Liza was mostly known as a stunning beauty, matinee idol, and one-half of the LizQuen love team. But years in that persona undoubtedly left Liza feeling like she was in a box. “During all those years, I was never really asked for my input, my thoughts, my ideas,” she shared in the vlog. While Liza could have easily stayed and continued to do what she was known for, she decided that the pandemic offered her the opportunity to follow her heart, try something new, and grow as an artist. Now, she’s set her sights on taking on new roles, as well as dabbling in writing and directing.
After so long, she wants the world to know who Hope is and reminds us that there’s always the chance to break away from the box. Whether you are in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, life always has room for something new or things you want to try as long as you endeavor to pursue it.
KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON
While there’s nothing wrong with doing the same thing over and over again, this repetitiveness could weigh down on one’s soul. For Liza, this manifested in how she felt that she was just typecast into three genres. Now, she’s ready to break free from the mold. She knew it was time to start something new, and that is something we can all take to heart. When you’re unhappy or feel like you’re life is going in circles, it’s time to reassess and see if this is where you want your life to end up. Change can be scary, but it also can be freeing and unlock new adventures that could change your life for the better.
DON’T BE ASHAMED OF DOING WHAT YOU WANT
While Liza made it clear that she was grateful for the opportunity ABS-CBN and Star Magic gave her, it was time for her to move on to do different things. However, despite that, she was dragged with criticism that frankly reeked of internalized misogyny and toxic utang na loob culture. Still, Liza didn’t let the hate get to her, and her commercial is already one of the most unique and exciting things she’s ever done.
Take it from Liza and never put yourself down just because you want to do what you like. There’s no need to diminish yourself just because you want to try new avenues. The fact that Liza was able to find her tribe with Careless shows that there will be people out there ready to support you and give you that boost you need.
COMPROMISING YOURSELF FOR OTHERS AIN’T IT
You would think that with the life she has, Liza Soberano is on Cloud 9. However, behind the scenes, the actress shares that it’s not all sunshine and roses. “I’ve sacrificed myself, I’ve sacrificed my freedom, I’ve sacrificed my happiness to present Liza Soberano to the world.” At the end of the day, life is going to try to take you in many directions, but you have the power to steer it where you want it to go. As Liza says, “I think I’ve earned the right to finally be me, to finally be able to do things for myself as Hope Soberano.”
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
As cliché as it sounds, loving yourself can do wonders for your well-being. In the vlog, Liza revealed that the pandemic gave her the first real break since her career began. She took her time and spent it with people she holds dear to her heart. She gave herself the space to rest, reflect, and grow which led her to a new chapter of her career. Life can be cruel which is why you owe it to yourself to prioritize your well-being when you can. If someone like Liza Soberano can give her heart, mind, and body what it needs, so can you.