We had the good fortune of connecting with Bea Tablac and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bea, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am a first generation filipino-american and I pride myself in that. Seeing my parents work so hard and come to an unfamiliar place only to find overwhelming success within themselves and where my family has come is one of the reasons why I work so hard. Although, this doesn’t mean it was an easy cruise to the top. My parents faced a lot of financial hardships including moving all over America so my dad could keep up with his work so we would have a roof over our head and eventually a foreclosure on our house so we would have to move yet again. Seeing them bounce back from their setbacks is an amazing thing that I wasn’t able to appreciate until now. My parents and I always used to butt heads because my idea and vision of success was always different from theirs even if I was applying aspects that I learned from them. This separated me from my parents. Eventually in high school, I was hopping houses and sleeping in my friend’s cars because my family didn’t agree with the success I wanted for myself. My separation from them only encouraged me to work even harder and my drive for independence was stronger than ever. I ended up moving out and providing everything for myself on my own. Later on, I reached back to my parents and I informed them of how well I was doing and instead of them distancing themselves from me, they realized I was doing okay and I was setting myself up on the right path even if our success stories were different. This is when I eventually started making music professionally and my family always knew music was what I truly loved. From being in band, to dance, and now showcasing my voice to the public, my parents and I were able to rebuild our family dynamic through their knowledge of how much music means to me. Their support for what I want to do is stronger than ever and my love for music is my drive but most importantly, I want to make my parents proud through something we both love.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I make music that I’d listen back to later. I’m not simply making a song but I’m telling a story for others to listen to but most importantly, me to look back on. When I entered the music industry, I began with a manager, and although he was a great one, I felt like I was changing myself so I realized he wasn’t the manager for me, so about a month in, I decided to go solo. I rather do things my own way, even if it means the hard way, simply because I love to stay true to myself. Aside from my music career, I own a clothing brand called ‘”PRSSTNCE” where my motto is to “keep it going, keep it real”. This is something I hold true to myself because facing hardships in the past got me to a point where I didn’t see life with purpose. I had no drive to keep going, but teaching myself how to move on with things and find peace in a storm is a lesson I apply in my everyday life. This comes with music, as well. I don’t want to make songs simply for a listener’s enjoyment. I want them to feel my emotion almost as if they were living through my eyes. I’m excited to see how much further my voice can take me and how many more ears my stories reach where hopefully I can help others and heal others through music.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Inland Empire is definitely a place you’d want to visit with someone who already knows the area. The best food places aren’t your typical restaurants. Personally, I would take my friend to Lamberto’s which is actually located in a gas station but it has the best carne asada fries. Another place I would take a friend is to Viva Villa. They have the best tacos. As for scenery, I would take my friend up to Mt. Baldy to see a view of all the cities and I know a couple of abandoned spots that are great for pictures. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I couldn’t be where I’m at now without the people who pushed me back onto my feet when I was feeling down on my way up. First off, I’d like to thank my girls for taking me in. I’d like to thank Aisleen Aguilar for sleeping through those cold nights in the car with me. I’d like to thank Amber Garcia and her family for being my second family. I’d like to thank Jessica Preciado and all of Bad Genre for showing me a taste of the music industry, and finally, I want to thank my parents and my siblings for being forgiving, understanding and supportive of the person I’m becoming.
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