Bilang isang singer, isa si Jed Madela sa labis na naapektuhan ng pandemya dahil hanggang sa ngayon ay mahigpit ang safety protocols sa entertainment scene.
Ipinagbabawal ang concerts, live shows, at events kunsaan magtitipon ang mga tao.
Dagdag pa rito ang franchise renewal issue na kinahaharap ng ABS-CBN, ang istasyong kinabibilangan ni Jed.
Sa panayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) via Zoom nitong June 25, ibinahagi ni Jed ang biggest challenge na dulot ng COVID-19 pandemic.
"Well, for me, I guess it's more of mentally and emotionally...
"It's the fact na everything is on stand still, everything stopped bigla.
"Especially our performances, live entertainment scenes stopped just like that, na walang mass gatherings.
"Yun ang pinakamalaking adjustments na kinakaharap ko ngayon.
"But eventually, you have to face it and all.
"You just have to support yourself, you just have to surround yourself with the right people."
Aminado si Jed na na wala siyang pinagkukunan ng income dahil sa tigil-trabaho sa gaya niyang singer.
"Ang laki ng effect niya, as I mentioned earlier, everything stopped.
"Our means of livelihood, especially kaming performers sa live entertainment scenes, dun talaga nag-e-earn.
"But because of what happened, ako personally, I am now living on my personal savings.
"So hopefully, I am praying that unti-unti we get to find ways and means to earn pa rin.
"Because I know, not just me, ang dami naming artists who are experiencing difficulty right now in life."
LIFE MUST GO ON
Pero sa kabila ng kawalan ng kasiguraduhan sa trabaho, matapang na hinaharap ng singer ang hamon na manatiling positibo.
"I guess, the mere fact that we are all experiencing the new normal, the new set up in our lives, di naman puwede na mag-stop tayong mamuhay.
"We still have to live our lives, we still have to go on, especially tayong mga artists cannot stop singing or dancing or entertaining people.
"So we have to find ways to reach our audience, to reach our fans.
"This is one way siguro to continuing living our life, continuing living our careers.
"Let's see how it goes."
May payo si Jed sa mga nakakaranas ng anxiety attacks at depression.
"For the longest time I had mga anxiety problems, so I guess I've learned how to cope. It's all about the right mind set.
"It's not easy. Hindi siya madaling sabihin na, 'It's only in the mind.' The mind is very powerful."
Dugtong ng respetadong singer, "But you know, baby steps really help—talk to people, open up, and surround yourself with the right energy and right people.
"Yun na lang, wala naman tayong choice din. We just have to deal with whatever's thrown at us.
"Anxiety, depression is real. Do not be afraid. Open up and talk to people."
COPING WITH THE NEW NORMAL
Sa ngayon, pinaalala ni Jed na manatiling alerto pa rin ang taumbayan sa panganib na dulot ng virus habang unti-unting pinapatupad ang new normal.
"In some ways, I am adjusted, but there's still that feeling of paranoia.
"Yung kapraningan na the enemy is still out there, it's invisible, di natin nakikita yung virus na 'yan.
"Wala pang vaccine, wala pang cure. May kaunting takot pa rin, but we still have to work around with what we have.
"We just have to adjust. Somehow, I have adjusted in some ways, pero nandiyan pa rin yung kaba."
Isa nga sa new normal ay ang virtual shows tulad ng kauna-unahang digital concert ni Jed noong June 27.
Nagpasalamat si Jed sa mga tagahanga niyang patuloy ang suporta kahit na may pandemya.
"Sa lahat nga fans, I just wanna thank you. Thank you very much for the emotional support. Sa lahat ng mga nagri-reach out sa akin lagi, nare-receive ko ang mga messages ninyo.
"I may not reply to everybody, but I read all your messages pag naka-tag ako sa social media. I just want to thank you for not giving up on me, maraming salamat.
"As long as you guys are there, patuloy pa rin akong magpi-perform at kakanta para sa inyo."
Sa huli, sinabi ni Jed na umaasa siyang hindi magtatagal ay makakabangon din ang local entertainment scene.
"You guys stay safe and until that very day na magkikita-kita tayo uli, mag-ingat lang.
"I know that one day, there's going to be that very day we are looking forward to na magkikita-kita tayo in person."
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