In Their Own Words: Abigail Oliveiro on the value of working hard
In their own words, the artists of Ballet Manila share their thoughts and experiences on not merely surviving but flourishing in the very challenging world of dance. This series is a collection of personal anecdotes, as well as words of wisdom that can be heartwarming, funny or dramatic, but always inspiring regardless of what field one is pursuing.
Honest, hard work – the hard work that you owe yourself, to better yourself, for yourself – really does go a long way. The rewards may not come quickly or easily, and no one may notice at first or at all sometimes! But when it does happen, it will stay with you for a long time and it will be so fulfilling. It all starts from you. People can motivate and encourage, but if you don't want to put the effort for your own good, your drive and the things you produce won't last. I wake up every day, ready to immerse myself in dance, giving what I can and searching for more.”
Top photo by Mark Sumaylo