Play It Forward

A few things in life scare me more than being in a production. I’ve avoided productions like a plague, which is ironic because I’m a Broadcast Communication student. For so long, it’s been my biggest fear and frustration.

It was so frustrating to have shots and visions stuck in my head that I can’t make come to life. But because I’m in my senior year, I decided to tick something off my college bucket list and enroll under Sir Raz de la Torre’s BC128.


This is our midterms project. It’s called Play It Forward, a lifestyle magazine show that features homegrown brands and social enterprises. When we think of the word “consumerism,” we often associate it to corporate greed and materialism. But the truth is, everyday, we consume and we purchase products and services. What we often fail to see is the power and the implications that our buying habits have.

Play It Forward aims to encourage its viewers to be ethical consumers and to start up businesses doing what they are passionate about.

This concept was a collaborative effort among my groupmates (Yanna Heramia, Jag San Mateo, Myrtle Sarrosa) and is a product of lots of consultation with Sir Raz. The rest of the BC128 class also helped us refine our focus and branding when we first pitched it to the class.






This production is sentimental to me because its goals and message are so similar to my blog’s. The brands in this video are the kinds of brands I want to feature, too. I’ve worked with some of them before, but most of our exchanges were through emails and Instagram comments. Through this production, we were finally able to enjoy each other’s company and have face-to-face conversations. It was so fun and inspiring to meet the people behind these brands.

After three weeks of meetings and shoots, we finally screened the segments. I realized that most of my fears and excuses were products of my own imagination. Throughout the whole process, my group mates kept a great sense of humor and calmness that made the little blips feel like the punchline of a bad joke instead of epic failures. I think they balanced out the constant anxiety I had. I always felt like I was one careless mistake away from an impending doom or a singko. (Or both.)

This experience also made me realize that some dreams (and dream productions) are much more doable than we think. I guess that’s the thing with staying too long in your comfort zone and with allowing fear to push you to procrastinate. Stuck in that protective bubble, you use up your time and effort conjuring the worst possible scenarios, overthinking, fearing, but never doing.

One of the main reasons why I stayed so long in my comfort zone is my strong belief in this quote:

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Venturing into something I know I’m not naturally good at seemed counterproductive. I felt like I was a fish insisting on flying instead of focusing on improving my swimming. I didn’t want to be the proverbial jack of all trades, master of none. So, I stayed in my comfort zone.

There’s a danger to this: there’s a very thin line between being comfortable and being complacent. And how will we know what we want to do and what we’re capable of when we don’t chase our fears?

Lately, I’m learning that life is a constant balancing act. There are numerous quotes and schools of thought that all makes sense. It makes sense to specialize on what you’re comfortable doing; it makes sense to do the things that scare you. It makes sense to stick to old favorites; it makes sense to try new adventures.

In this constant balancing act, I’ve found that the projects that are worth your while are those that really mean something to you–regardless of how comfortable you are with them. I’ve also learned that this constant balancing act is worth the while when spent with (com)passionate dreamers and doers.