Plus the young creative shares her creative process during the pandemic
For young musician Claudia Barretto, the pandemic and community quarantine have been a time for rest and trying out new things. Like many creatives during these trying days, she’s had to confront many of her demons—among them doubt and insecurities. But instead of using the tried and tested route, she decided to do something new: the unexpected. In the end, her risks proved fortuitous, resulting in a fresh, bold mindset and a new creative flourishing.
“I have been coping creatively by immersing myself in new experiences,” she shares via an email correspondence. “At the beginning of the year, I tried things I’ve never done before. Such as, hosting and dancing. These new experiences renewed my vigor for doing what I love.”
As part of the illustrious Barretto clan, showbiz was always calling, especially to the angelically beautiful Claudia. This year she signed on with Viva Artists Agency and has tried her hand in the entertainment world while still strengthening her musical career. All this and she’s also excelling in school, nabbing first honor at her university. Clearly the risk taking has paid off for Barretto.
“I am currently on the roll-out of some songs I worked on at the beginning of this year. It is fun because this is the more glamorous part of the creative process. This is when I really get to experiment with different looks and work with other creatives,” she shares. “I also experimented with a different genre this year and am looking forward to the release of this project.”
She knows firsthand how challenging it is to pursue the arts at a time like this. “Previously, I hid behind my insecurities instead of working on them,” she says. “The biggest learning I got from this experience is that we’re all capable of doing anything we set our minds to. Through hard work and dedication, anything is possible.”
“Take breaks,” she says, reaching out to fellow creatives and asking them to take it easy.
Additionally, never stop honing your craft. There are many ways to enhance your skills during this time.”
Photography Jerick Sanchez
Creative direction and Makeup ANTON PATDU assisted by CELINE CASTILLA
Hair BOGGY DIAZ
Styling CATH SOBREVEGA, MELAIKA VARCA & KRISTINE LANDIGIN
Photography Assistant DAN FUGRAD
Production Design PATRICIA LACUESTA, BETTINA ERQUIEZA, & DAVID GUTIERREZ
Shoot coordination PATRICIA LACUESTA
Shot at NEW MONARQ STUDIO
Special thanks to CACA of VIVA ARTIST MANAGEMENT