Tracy Ley Orencio’s world circumnavigates between being a beauty blogger, gaming enthusiast, and a mom to a son. She is renowned for her online channel Tracy Lee by either giving beauty tips or just doing live game streaming.
Initially, it wasn’t her intention to work in Dubai, but her mother decided in 2001 that it was better for her to work abroad along with her sister, so they’ll get a chance to have better life and education. Before securing the project manager position for events and conferences, she had worked first as a receptionist, sales executive, and administrative assistant.
She was first known to provide her followers with the latest beauty trends and sharing her understanding of the cross and eating healthy.
Get to know more about Orencio’s personal life:
Tell us more about yourself.
I joined my mom in Dubai in 2001 and gladly settled in. I continued my studies and pursued Business Management Course and landed my very first official job as a sales executive at an events company. I had a shift of career and went ahead as an administrative assistant in an investment and banking company for 10 years. A decade after, I was terminated and became unemployed for eight months. I was then hired as a project manager at a conference and events company.
I was also included in The Top 100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf in 2015 and became the brand ambassador of Loreal and Maybelline in the Middle East. I am also a licensed beauty influencer in the region. Currently, I am a content creator and a live gaming streamer.
What do you enjoy in your work?
As a project manager, I get to travel and meet new people. I love how I get to interact with different nationalities. I also love the idea of learning new things all the time. Having to work in the events industry, it improves my ability to adapt and make me more knowledgeable of what’s really happening in today’s generation. As a game creator, I have overcome my fear of facing the camera for a live stream and interact with players alike.
What’s in it for you working overseas?
Having to work abroad, specifically here in Dubai, is fascinating because it is so diverse. I love that I learn about their various cultures and I also get to meet new people all the time. Working abroad provides me broader options when it comes to employment and more opportunities.
What were the struggles you have endured along the way before you reach this stage?
The struggle I have endured is that I am not with my son. I know everyone must make sacrifices to give their child a better future. Therefore, I always remind myself to be strong. This is how I become independent at an early age. I taught myself to be strong and pursue what I needed to do in my life. My family has been my back support from day one and I believe that it has been family over everything.
You’ve been in Dubai for 20 years now, what’s your plan after your OFW journey?
I would like to have a stable business that would really generate a good income. Secondly, I would like to be with my son as soon as possible because not being with him is the hardest thing I must endure.
What is your advice to your kabayans who are abroad and struggling?
The advice I always give is to have a fierce heart and a brave mind. Learn how to trust a few good people, do not depend on anybody but seek help when needed. Never spend on anything unnecessary and just always buy the essentials. Last but not the least, never allow anyone to push you around.
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