He always believes that there is always a reason for everything. Videographer and editor Patrick Joseph Padua Garcia whose artist name is ‘PhatG’ proves that one can tackle two passions at once do things equally well.
Garcia has been working in the UAE for nearly a decade now. Presently, he is working as a videographer and editor at BC MENA, allowing him to explore his artistry, share his ideas during brainstorming for content, and engage with clients from different companies. “The best part is seeing my work being published online,” he added.
Despite having a busy full-time work, the Filipino is also a rap artist, taking over the local music industry.
The early life of the artist
Before coming to Dubai, it was difficult for him to start a life because his mother had just passed away. “I have to live independently and earn a living for myself. During that time, I was not prepared. I did not know what I can do to earn enough for my everyday life,” he said.
Since the situation was already there, he had to deal with it, move forward, and get employed in the same office where his mother had worked.
Garcia then became an official photographer of their provincial governor in the province of Batangas. On the sidelines, he and his then-fiance, now his wife, sold merchandise and other goods to make ends meet.
“During those times, I remember the life story of the legendary black American rapper JayZ which gave me a great impact and became my motivation,” he added.
The artist came to UAE back in 2012 when he was directly hired from Manila by a recruitment agency as a sales associate for a newly-opened theme park in the capital. Garcia worked in the theme park for four years until he was employed by another theme part in Dubai as an audio-visual technician.
After working as an audio-visual technician and gained enough experience, he worked as a freelance multi-media editor for more than a year until he got an opportunity as a videographer and editor for an advertising company where he is currently working now.
When asked about the most unforgettable and the highlight of his overseas career, Garcia said it was when he got the project to create a video for the F1 Grand Prix launch in Abu Dhabi last 2019 and when he was hired and became a part of his current company.
A rapper with a message
While working as a freelancer, Garcia studied and practiced his videography and editing skills, and while having ample time, he also got the chance to focus more on his music career as a rap artist.
“Through my music journey, first, I believe I have inspired the people I know because, during the process, they can see my work ethics in terms of making my craft–how I tried to balance my work and passion, write songs during our free time,” he said.
His circle of friends saw his desire with the newly-acquired passion and respected him for that.
“I think those people that have been reached my music online, somehow my lyrics have been an inspiration to them to pursue their dream just like how I have pursued mine in whatever situation in life there is, we can still do what we love to do and be our best at it,” he added.
He advised his fellow Filipinos abroad to keep on doing what is lawful and right.
“Do not give up on your problems, may it be money, work, family, or whatever it is. There will always be a way to handle it. Approach and ask the right people. Remember your purpose why you are here in the first place. Always look back to that and, of course, keep the faith. Prayers are always powerful,” he further added.
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