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Life and Work with Jeserey Sanchez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeserey Sanchez.

Jeserey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve loved singing for as long as I can remember. Singing is where it all started for me. I wasn’t always comfortable with performing, until one middle school performance. The reaction of my friends, seeing my parents at the corner with their camcorder in hand. How proud they were of me, the support of my teachers and best friends, ultimately the feeling of singing on stage is indescribable. But, did I think I would pursue it as a career, no. I am not afraid, nor embarrassed to say that I am a very practical person. A pessimist, at times too. As much as I loved singing, from choir through high school, musicals/ shows, festivals, any opportunity that allowed me to perform. But, it was always a hobby, my favorite pastime. Then, at 17, I made the biggest decision of my life to move to Los Angeles and pursue a music career. With the undying support of my family, I’m going on 7 years living in Los Angeles. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with amazing directors, actors, have had the opportunity to travel doing what I love. There have been many times, every day if I’m being completely honest that I didn’t think I would be cut out for the “LA Lifestyle.” I didn’t stop, I know I am constantly learning and evolving. I started modeling, on-camera work, audition after audition. Long drives, sitting in LA traffic, working a 9-5, sleepless nights.

It hasn’t been easy, and there has been more rough than good at times. But, my faith, love of my family, and the willingness to succeed have not wavered. I promised a lifestyle for myself. I owe myself to achieve my goals and aspirations at the very least. More often than not, sometimes I tell myself to take a step back and see the progress I have made. Am I where I was this time last year, absolutely not? My progress is my constant reminder to myself that I am here, not everyone gets that opportunity to live out and work towards their dreams. I still can.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been everything, but smooth. The biggest struggle I face on a daily is self- doubt, comparing my progress to others, overthinking. I find the biggest struggles I run into are within myself.

My advice for young women who are just about to embark on any journey is to stay grounded, humble, believe in yourself always. There is always going to be someone that will be ahead of you and vise versa. Learning that your process is different from theirs is key. Trust the process, as cliché as that may be. Your work ethic is all your own. No one can compete with that. Work hard, play fair, and grind until you get to where you want to be. And even when you get there, don’t stop! Don’t get comfortable, because that’s where the real work begins. You will be discouraged, you will find yourself at a crossroad at times, but know you’re made for this. I believe what’s meant for you, will make it’s a way to you.

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” -Stephen King

Please tell us about your work.
I am a singer, model, and actor. I enjoy singing musical theatre, pop, and jazz. No matter the venue, I love pulling out a Disney classic. I take pride in being able to tap into different areas in my craft. Whether that be performing on stage or walking down a runway, to being on set. May it be something I have never done before, I will study, learn, and follow through.

I am a strong-willed and determined young woman. I may get knocked down a couple of times, but that has only made this journey worthwhile. I am most proud of taking on any challenge thrown at me, sometimes I’m not sure how I will do it, but giving results isn’t something I lack in. Where I come from, my background, my family, they keep me grounded and hopeful. I’ve been extremely blessed to have amazing parents and a younger brother who has never questioned the path I decided to take in life. Whenever I feel I am not cut out for this, I remember them. My mindset that I keep of, it’s not a matter of if, but when.

Who have you been inspired by?
It seems nearly impossible to name all the women in my life that have shaped me to become the woman I am today. But, a constant inspiration I have each and every day would be my Mom. From leaving her home country, the Philippines at 24, her entire family, what she’s known her whole life, to moving to a new country she’s never known and start a completely new life in the United States. In the first five years in the US, she had me, my brother, figuring out a new career, and lost her mom. She stayed strong for her husband, her siblings, her dad, and my younger brother. She’s my constant reminder that I am strong enough to weather anything, she has raised me to be independent and to never settle for anything less than what I deserve. She has taught me to be patient, trust my instincts, and those great things take time. Giving up is not and should never be an option.

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Mary Harber

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