Being a celebrity does not mean being exempt from criticisms of one’s goals and dream. Just ask actress-TV host Anne Curtis, who was once on the receiving end of many negative feedbacks simply because she wanted to become a singer.
“Siyempre, ang dami kayang nagsasabing hindi ako magaling kumanta,” Anne related.
“Pero pinursue ko pa rin ang dream ko na 'yon, nakadalawang sold-out concerts ako.
“Naka-ano pa, triple platinum or double platinum award pa yata,” she said laughing.
In 2011, the It's Showtime host's first music album titled Annebisyosa raised a few eyebrows in the showbiz industry.
Anne even went all-out and staged a concert titled No Other Concert: World Tour to further promote the album.
Interestingly, her first major concert was sold-out, a clear indication that her fans supported her despite knowing the fact that Anne is not really a professional singer.
The Kapamilya star repeatedly told her audience that it would be her “first and last” concert.
However, in 2014, a sequel called Annekapal (The Forbidden Concert Round 2) was staged at the Araneta Coliseum.
Anne said she never thought all of these would happen in her showbiz career.
She recalled, “Dati nagpapa-ghost singer pa ako sa ASAP.
"Totoo, may ghost singer ako sa ASAP.
“Hanggang sa sabi ko, 'You know what, hindi, this is my dream. I wanna be a singer. Ilalabas ko kung sino ang tunay na ako.'
“Thankfully, tinanggap naman. I believe that if your heart is in the right place with pursuing your dreams, you can make it happen.”
GIVING BACK. Now that she has achieved almost all of her dreams, Anne hopes to pay it forward to other dreamers like her.
Through her new Internet-based platform called Dream Machine, the former Dyosa actress hopes to put a stop to “dream shaming.”
“Dream shaming kasi is kapag sinabihan ka ng, 'Naku, ang taas mo naman mangarap, hindi 'yan matutuloy. Hindi mo kaya 'yan.'
“It could be yourself, ikaw ang nagsasabi sa sarili mo na, 'Huwag ka na mangarap nang ganiyang kalaki.'
“It could be other people around you telling you to be realistic about your dreams,” she explained.
“Pero I believe that if it's something you're very passionate about, it's something that you feel that you want to pursue, then, dream big!
“Make it happen and have faith in yourself.
“I mean, I did that, that's why I want to encourage others to do that also,” Anne said.
She went on to further elaborate on her new project.
“Isa po itong passion project para sa akin.
“You know, ang dami na pong pangarap ko na nagkatotoo.
“So, parang naisip ko, paano ba ako makakapagbigay ulit? How can I give back? How can I encourage others na, 'Ikaw din, you can pursue your dreams, you can make it happen.'”
Dream Machine allows people to just go online and “submit” their dreams. Aside from dreamers, the platform is also a hub for those who want to help others fulfill their dreams.
“One of the great things with Dream Machine now is we can help you pursue your dreams.
“We can assist you in making those happen.
“Kasi, a lot of them, 'Hindi namin kaya,' 'We need financial assistance.'
“They may not be having the proper support team around you.
“That's the beauty of Dream Machine.”
To officially kickstart the platform, Dream Machine is hosting The Color Run Dream World Tour on September 3, at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
Proceeds of this fun run will benefit disabled children under the auspices of UNICEF, of which Anne is one of its celebrity ambassadors.
“I hope we can be a community of people, a movement for all the pursuers of dreams and dream chasers.
“Then, we will have a community of dream makers who will help your dreams come true,” Anne concluded.