Hundreds of job seekers flocked the Skydome of SM North EDSA for Manila Bulletin Classifieds Job Fair 2017, held on March 7-8. Companies in various industries such as BPO, real estate, food and apparel were featured in the job fair to select and hire their next employees. A free seminar was also conducted in the stage area, where Filipino motivational speaker Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales was one of the speakers.
Pocholo was the first speaker on the first day of the job fair. He started by introducing his work, and shared a little bit about the voice acting industry where he started at the young age of 16. Pocholo showed a video about his company, Creativoices Productions, and told the audience the story of how he opened the first and only voice acting school in the country.
Pocholo also went on to share the challenges he met when he was starting out in his profession. He talked about the several times he was rejected in auditions, the frustrations he encountered with veteran voice artists who seem to have monopolized the industry, and even those who have discouraged him from becoming a voice artist. Pocholo said that those challenges propelled him to move forward, to the point that it became his life mission to help others reach for their dreams – which is why he became a youth advocate and also a sought-after Filipino motivational speaker.
Pocholo’s inspiring story became his transition to talk about the lesson he wanted to impart to the job seekers – and that is to have PASSION in their chosen work. He challenged the audience to find work that would enable them to express their passion and talent, and not just to find the job that is available, in-demand or will pay well. “I don’t know any of you here, but I know that each one of you has greatness inside,” were the empowering words of the VoiceMaster. So he encouraged the audience to dedicate their life to the kind of work that will let their greatness shine even if the “career ladder” is difficult to climb (which is a usual thing for lawyers, for example, as lawyer career path is rather unpredictable).
Pocholo then talked about “8 to be great,” or the 8 qualities that make a person great. He told the audience that passion, purpose, sharing, faith, opportunity, among many others all contribute to discovering one’s potential and greatness.
Pocholo ended his talk with the reality check that life has an end, which is why it is crucial for everyone to maximize their present in order to fulfill their life purpose, and leave a legacy behind.