A painter, a fashion designer, a celebrity, a singer, a make-up artist, a cook, is there anything Solenn Heussaff cannot do?
So long as there's an opportunity, she will continuously evolve.
Just recently, she turned her name into a brand by launching her own perfume line, Scent of Solenn or SOS, which happens to be her nickname.
“I can actually launch almost every thing now that I have that name: SOS,” the 30-year-old beamed during her perfume line launch at City Club Alphaland in Makati City, on February 26.
“I really want my name to be a brand kasi I studied fashion designing.
"I love art, I love visual arts, and I’m the type to try new things.
“Kung puwede akong mag-touch ng every thing, I’m a person who loves to learn, yung gagawin ko lahat."
PERFUME LINE. Her perfume was a two-years-in-the-making project.
She teamed up with Thailand-based company, Bel Perfurmes Ltd.
“I worked so hard on this.
“Pumunta ako ng Thailand para gumawa ako ng scent ko, marketing strategy, yung packaging, ako ang nag-design lahat.
“Ako yung nag-draw ng flowers, artwork, so pag may meeting [on] distribution, about pricing, makers, laging ando’n ako.”
SOS has three scents--Sunrise, Sunset, Sunshine, which come in pocket-sized bottles.
WHAT'S NEXT? This April, a month before her wedding, she is mounting her own art exhibit, which will showcase not just her paintings but also the pieces of furniture she designed.
After that, “Di ko alam.
“For me, you really need to diversify yourself kasi now, millennial-era people do so many things, so you really try and touch a little bit of every thing.”
And though she remains active in showbiz, Solenn is aware that her career won't last forever.
“Unless isang Nora Aunor ka. Di ako Nora Aunor, so I won’t be for life in this industry."
Thus, she explores other things.
“Siyempre naman, I’m still enjoying it. I’m still learning a lot from it, and I still want to be in it.
"Pero kung may time ako gumawa ng ibang things, I would do that din.”
“For me, I love to always meet new people and discover new things, kasi life is a learning process and that’s what makes me hungry: to learn.”
It doesn't matter she has her hands full.
“I only get tired when I stop,” she said.
“When I stop, that’s when I notice pagod talaga ako.
“I get bored if I’m not doing anything.
“When I’m not working, pag asa bahay ako, I do my own groceries, I [cook] my own food, I wash my own dishes, I pay for my bills.
"Wala akong secretary or assistant.
“Wala akong kasambahay. Ako lang sa house.”
And she has her parents to thank for encouraging independence.
“My mom and my dad taught me to do things on our own.”