Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — We all have our own anecdotes of braving the stage. Talent shows, in particular, have always been a testament of courage and a labor of love — from the rigorous preparation down to the nervous execution, it’s a definitive moment that has its lasting effects. Not only can it build up your confidence, but it can strengthen your skills, too. Who can ever forget their first talent show?
Honing that sense of confidence is John Robert Powers (JRP) expertise. As a brand known for courses in Personal Development and English Learning, the school holds an annual showcase — a culminating program in which JRP students get to show the skills they’ve learned and enhanced in dancing, acting, singing, runway modelling, and hosting. Every year has a theme and this year, it’s retro Jukebox — top hits from the ‘50s to the present time will be sung, danced, and performed.
Ma. Sylvia Pengson, Curriculum Director of JRP, explains the show’s process, saying, “All you see in the show we do live, and we have an MTV. All the songs were sung by the kids so it’s a particularly long rehearsal period. They had to learn the songs, they had to record the songs, they had to learn the dance sequences then they had to shoot the MTV, and they have to do the live [show]. We’re very proud of our MTV because we try to get creative with it.”
This preparation is evident from every detail presented on stage — the costumes, the numbers, and the music videos were well thought out, and the kids were vibrant and prepared.
Cassandra Chloe Fernandez, a student of JRP, says, “It was hard for me to balance this because I have my studies, but I think it actually helped me become better, and it also helped me become stronger. It doesn’t terrify me anymore — because of the showcase, I became good at handling my responsibilities and priorities.”
This boost to self-esteem is what the showcase exemplifies, as it’s their avenue to help the kids become better individuals. “It’s really about [giving the kids] a chance to own what they learn in JRP, which is more confidence, higher self-worth, a chance to explore and discover,” adds Pengson.
Richard Upton, president of John Robert Powers International, points out the vision of the brand, saying, “Our emphasis is not on a specific talent, our emphasis in JRP is about knowing who you are no matter what field you go into. Whether you become a doctor or architect or something in media, it’s about having the confidence to believe in yourself and to do what you want to do.”
You can see this drive in the kids’ faces too, especially as they strut their way down the runway. This is more about being their best self, rather than being a champion of a specific talent. The showcase also gave them a platform to be who they are. Pengson adds, “We’re very inclusive, our students claim who they are in terms of their best self, and we try to provide them with that safe space for them to express themselves.”
It is worth noting that a lot of these kids were not as exuberant as before. As Fernandez puts it, “It impacted my confidence in a way that they helped me gain it from myself. Because of JRP, I grew from what I was before.”
Self-confidence can really go a long way — and if you’re one to shy away from the spotlight, it’s never too late to experience a transformation. JRP’s classes are still ongoing, and you can give yourself a boost by trying a class or two. Ina Rodriguez, Marketing Manager of JRP, says, “JRP cater to all ages — people who need confidence, people who want to improve themselves; we’re here to help them unleash their full potential.”
Just like the kids, maybe you can own that runway, too.