“Grateful.” This was how Ylona Garcia described her journey as an artist throughout the years.
The 19-year-old artist, who started her career at the age of 13, has come a long way from being a celebrated local artist to becoming the next international artist to watch out for.
Just recently, she marked a new milestone in her career through a song called “Entertain Me” released to introduce Valoran’ts newest playable character – a Filipino agent called Neon.
Indeed, her teeny-bopper days are over, starting a new chapter in her life as an artist set to conquer more exciting things in the future. But for Garcia, her heart is filled with nothing but gratitude for everything.
“I’ve quite enjoyed how my career has been growing from start to wherever I am right now. Like here in LA. I feel like everything happens for a reason,” Garcia said during a roundtable interview.
But it wasn’t an easy journey for Ylona who has always been open about her mental health journey. Thankfully, her freedom as an artist helped her overcome those battles by expressing how she feels through her art.
“I feel like what really helps me is being able to express how I feel. And being an artist, I am able to do that in many, many different forms like, for example, writing songs, creating songs, performing, acting, dancing – a lot of different ways in how I can express myself. That has helped me in my mental health and that has been continuously doing so,” she said.
At this point in time, it may appear as though her fans across the globe have already seen everything she has to offer. But according to her, she still wants to explore a different form of art.
“I would like to be able to direct my own music video,” she said with a hint of excitement on her face.
Asked about her reaction to fans saying she and Niki shared the same empowering vibe, she said: “I think that’s really cool. I think Niki is an amazing artist. I think she’s a phenomenal songwriter. She’s an amazing singer,” she said.
“And to be deemed an empowered woman alongside her, I think that’s really cool,” she added.