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Creatives On Q: Maxie Garcia is all about self-improvement and nothing more

Fashion

One remarkable thing about this young, talented model: she will do whatever it takes to be on top of her game. Plus, she knows the value of educating one’s self through reading books.

Maxie on her goals: “Aside from the fact that I want to become a successful model, I also want to become a CEO in the future. That’s why as early as now, I do my best to imitate and acquire the necessary principles that I need in order to achieve my goals..."




Maxie Garcia is currently a STEM Senior High School student from Davao Doctors College. She’s currently one of the talents under Icon Elites Artist Management. In an interview, Maxie shared that one of her goals this year is to read as many books as she can. For her, nothing beats the feeling of being immersed into another world and to be able to learn new things by simply reading books.


“I made a pledge especially to myself that I’m going to finish reading a hundred books a year. Looking forward to finish 2021 with my book list all crossed out LOL,” Maxie said. She further added, “Every single day, I always try my best to be as productive as I can, to utilize my time for self-improvement, and to increase my worth and value as a person.”


If there’s anything that she wants to embody or at least characterize, Maxie said that it’s discipline. Believe it or not, she keeps a list of the things that she wants to achieve. This is one way for her to never lose track of her goals and again, to gradually improve herself.


“Aside from the fact that I want to become a successful model, I also want to become a CEO in the future. That’s why as early as now, I do my best to imitate and acquire the necessary principles that I need in order to achieve my goals,” Maxie expressed.


At such a young age and with a clear purpose of what she wants in life, Maxie is on her way to become a successful self-made woman someday — only if she continues to walk the talk.


The Middle Mag PH sat down with Maxie and talked all things about modeling, self-love, discipline, and more.


Creatives on Q by The Middle Mag PH is a special feature story that documents and highlights the creative process and plight of the young emerging artists in Mindanao while in community quarantine. The creatives industry, among other sectors, has also been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.


How do you keep your mental health in check amidst these uncertain times?


I had experienced a lot of situations that put me no choice than to believe in God or give up but I chose the former. In these trying times, all we need is to trust God in every steps of our lives. Moreover, we need to communicate to the people around us to ask them about how they feel and be honest with them too of what we feel. Furthermore, I consider motivation that comes from oneself the most powerful one. When I am down, I motivate myself and do not depend on others.


How has Icon Elites Management helped hone your craft?


I certainly agree with the quote “Tell me and I’ll forget, teach me and I’ll understand, involve me and I’ll learn”. The CEO of Icon Elites has never failed to continually educate us through series of workshops and exposure from different projects. From those, I gradually acquire new knowledge.


What are your plans in the future or at present?

Application is very important. You may be as smart as Einstein but without execution it is in vain. By the way, Einstein and I have the same birthday LOL. My plan is to apply all the things that I have learned from the different people who mentored me.


What is/are your biggest realization/s this pandemic?


This pandemic has made me realize that the world provides unlimited possibilities, your success may be as huge as the tallest building ever created in the world but any seconds from now you may be pulled down to where you have started. It means you have to be very flexible and adapt easily to changes. In addition, faith in The Higher Intelligence or God is really important because God will always make a way even if there seems no way. It is only in God that we can find assurance.


Maxie on perfection: "In reality, there are no perfect people, also, how boring it is to be perfect—there is no thrill or any challenge."




How do you handle constructive criticism?


I am open to others’ opinion even if it is destructive because it drives me to be better. Though, I will not sugar coat that it doesn’t affect me, yes it affects me but I try to take it as a motivation to push myself forward. The people around me are sometimes startled at how much I can improve easily but they did not know that it comes from the words that pierced my heart. I love this quote “Defeat can be your priceless asset if one takes the right attitude towards it.”


Why is self-love important?


Self-love should be prioritized because at the end of the day, you only got yourself. If you don’t love yourself, who else will? How will you love too? Remember, you can’t give what you don’t have. Only then when you love yourself you’ll start to appreciate the things around you. Though, you may not love yourself and at the same time appreciate others but it is only superficial as its driving force comes from insecurity.


What is the biggest misconception that you want to break or defy about the modeling industry? And why?


I want to erase the misconception of perfection because it doesn’t work that way. Nobody is perfect. So it will not be convincing to the eyes of the people if you are perfect. People will think that it would not work for them as it is only for perfect people. In reality, there are no perfect people, also, how boring it is to be perfect—there is no thrill or any challenge. You don’t need to be perfect to be a model, you just have to be confident in your own skin. Clearly, in dictionaries one of the definitions of a model is “an example to follow”. Thus, you have to be realistic and above all should manifest character that is worth emulating.


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