KZ Tandingan's Badass Advice to Struggling Artists

Before her rose to fame, KZ Tandingan was just like any other young ladies with big dreams. The fearless jazz, R&B, and soul singer from Davao del Sur joined the very first season of The X Factor Philippines in 2012. Her jaw-dropping and one-of-a-kind powerful voice captured the hearts of the judges as well as the viewers. After her journey in The X Factor, KZ continued and signed under the management of Cornerstone Philippines and Star Magic Artist. Related: Jay-R Gives Advice to Aspiring Musicians In an exclusive interview of Inside Showbiz with KZ, we asked her what keeps her going and what inspires her to continue and aim for bigger dreams. “‘Yung family talaga,” she answered. “Kahit feeling mo ayaw mo na, ‘yung family mo talaga won’t give up on you at sila parati ‘yung maniniwala sa’yo. Kahit dumating ka na sa point na kahit ikaw mismo hindi na naniniwala sa sarili mo. Sila ‘yung talagang hindi mo na maintindihan minsan saan nanggagaling ‘yung confidence nila sa kayang mong gawin at kaya mong ipakita,’ she said. KZ shared that one of her success secrets is that she never stops challenging herself: “Aside from that, ‘yung palagi kang nag di-dream ng malaki. ‘Yung every time na may pangarap ka na naabot mo na, dream bigger. Never settle, never just stay in your comfort zone. Kasi you’ll never grow in your comfort zone. So ‘pag may dumating na opportunity, lalo na if it scares you, go for it! Kasi you will never lose. It’s either you win or you learn.” When asked about what advice she would give to all aspiring musicians who wants to make it big, but still struggling, KZ made a powerful statement: “Ikaw ‘yung unang maniniwala sa sarili mo. Mahihirapan ka if you treat this industry as if nasa isang competition ka. You’ll lose your focus sa sarili mong craft. Tapos tinitingnan mo ‘yung ibang mga tao.” “Dapat focused ka lang sa craft mo. Be authentic and just be yourself. Pakita mo kung sino ka talaga. Like ako, lahat kami, hindi namin ma a-achieve ‘to if nakinig kami dati nung sinabihan kami, when we were told to conform. Hindi namin talaga maipapakita kung sino kami. But then, nung nag breakthrough kami nung nag decide kami na we want to show who we really are as artists as people, doon nag sunod-sunod ‘yung mga blessings sa dumating.” “Dapat focus on yourself and kung ano man ‘yung mga challenges na dumadating, kung halimbawang may mga rejections ka mang pagdadaanan, isipin mo lang ang lahat nang ‘yun as redirections to a better opportunity. A stepping stone,” she ended.


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KZ’s unparalleled passion for music has brought her to where she is now. The 25-year-old talented artist bagged several awards at the recently held Wish Music Awards 2018 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Read more: