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AsiaFinest Shayla's Interview
Ben: Thanks for taking time out of your schedule for this interview.
Shayla: thank you for wanting to interview me, I was just going to thank you. jinx!
Ben: haha, Great minds think a like.
Ben: How was your weekend?
Shayla: nice, i was in Witchita, Missouri. It was hot though
Ben: Hot.. don't remind me.. it's 94 here in NYC
Ben: You had a performance there?
Ben: A solo performance or a combination of artists?
Shayla: Combination. I was going to ask you what it was like living in NYC?
Ben: It's the best
Shayla: It's seem so exciting to live there.
Ben: What is your nationality?
Shayla: It always starts out easy then gets difficult. I am Vietnamese
Ben: yup ;-) Were you born here?
Shayla: No, I was born in Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. I came over to America when I was a toddler.
Ben: How did you get into the music business?
Shayla: I like to say I was born into it. My mother was a famous singer, so was my aunt. It runs deeply in my blood.
Ben: Ah cool. It runs in the genes. What's your daily life like?
Shayla: It's great, because everyday is a surprise. On weekends I get to fly to different destinations for shows, and on weekdays I have the flexibility of creating my own schedule. It's pretty much something like, wake up, exercise, vocal workouts, then there's photo shoots, recording sessions. I don't have a manager so I have to do everything myself. I've learned to be a make-up artist, fashion stylist, booking agent, travel consultant. Everything there is that you need to know in the music industry.
Ben: Multi-talented I see. What was your favorite project or work to this date?
Shayla: There's so many great experience I've had that it's difficult to pinpoint one event. Working on album projects and video projects are such a joy I can't choose a favorite. To me, its like picking a favorite child. You love them all!
Ben: What's the most embarrassing moment in your life?
Shayla: Too many!! I think I don't get embarrass anymore because it's happened so often it doesn't faze me anymore. There's the time when I first sang on stage (before I was famous), and the microphone cord wrapped around the heal of my shoe. I had know idea, so when I yanked up the microphone, up went my feet. My bottom hit that stage so fast I had no idea what to do. I somehow manage to finish my song and run faster than anything to the dressing room. What's funny thing is years later, after I became famous, a man came up to me and said "Do you remember me? I was there at the show where you fell and hit your bottom?" LoL. Thank goodness I only had that one show where I fell.
Ben: ouch! How has the Internet changed your life?
Shayla: The internet is amazing. I have easier access to my friends and family. It also keeps me closer to my fans. It's incredible to me how you can write anything and anybody can log on and read it. You reach so many people where normally you just wouldn't.
Ben: For the female visitors of AsiaFinest: How do you keep in shape? Any advice or tips for girls who's thinking of becoming singers?
Shayla: The truth is, it's harder for me to keep in shape than other singers because I love Vietnamese food. I love to cook it and also love to eat it. I know I'm not super skinny, and that's okay with me. I've grown to appreciate what I have and not have. Overall, I try to have a good body image of myself. it's hard sometimes when people would go up to me and say "Oh your were fat in that last video" but then on the same day, another person would go up and say "Gosh, you're too skinny, eat something." So you can't make everybody happy. You have to make yourself happy. As for singing, or any form of entertainment. You have to have a strong mind-set or the industry can kill you. Meaning, people will put you down and critize you, can you handle that? I think a lot of people get into singing for the wrong reasons. Maybe's its for the fame and attention, but the truth is, it can takes much more out of you than you imagine. I say do it for the right reasons, cause you truly have a talent that you can share with the world.
Ben: That was the best answer i ever got! ;-) Did your parents support your decision to sing?
Shayla: They did only because they too were musicians. So it was easier for me. Unfortunately, I know a lot of parents that don't support their children's decision in whatever career they choose. So I was lucky.
Ben: What's the hardest parts of being a singer?
Shayla: I say the expectation. Living up to everyone's expectation. I was so stress at one point feeling like I dissapointed everyone. You are in the public eye, so people do judge you and expect things from you. But I let that go, because it can drive a person insane.
Shayla: I would probably have a couple of kids by now, in my nice little house with white picket fences. LoL. Seriously, I would be anywhere I choose to.
Ben: lol. Any goals that you want to achieve but still haven't?
Shayla: To many! I think the minute we stop setting goals for ourselves is the minute we die of boredom. So I have too many to name.
Ben: For the male visitors of AsiaFinest: Are you currently single? How would a guy approach a beauty like you? What do you look for in a guy? Turn Ons and Turn Offs?
Shayla: LOL. I feel when guys approach any girl they should have confidence without trying to hard. Sounds difficult huh? Pretty much be yourself. The qualities I look for in a guy is: I notice how he treats other people. He can treat me great but if he treat other people disrespectly, he is bound to do that to you someday. Also, sense of humor is number one on my list. If he can make me laugh, then I know we will get through the bad times with a smile. My biggest turn-off is guys who shows off. Like a nice car or money in the bank account is going to impress me. Girls need more than that. Girls need a guy who's real.
Ben: What do you do for fun?
Shayla: I like to play with "children". My two canines, and a feline. That and a good book is my source of fun. And of course spending time with my friends and family.
Ben: OK last one, What type of music and which artist do you listen to now?
Shayla: I grew up listening to Top 40, pop stations, but now i can honestly say listen to everything. From country to r&b, to jazz and rock. They each have they're own beauty so I don't discriminate. It all depends on how I'm feeling. Sometimes music just say everything that you're feeling. Thank you Ben, and AsiaFinest for having this chat with me. You can find out what's happening with me on Shaylaworld.com. Take great care everyone!!!
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