As summer season starts, the 21st STI College National Youth Convention concludes in the beautiful province of Cagayan de Oro. About a thousand students filled the SM City Cagayan de Oro cinema as they were treated to a half-day of fun and learning. With the theme “I will innovate,” the students learned all about innovating for the 21st century from 3 very talented and passionate speakers.
Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales spoke in both the morning and afternoon sessions in his 4th leg at the NYC. With his topic “The Innovator’s Creativity,” the VoiceMaster focused his talk on how innovation is not just about coming up with new ideas, but also having the MINDSET of an innovator. The innovator mindset is one where a person is always curious, and always on the lookout for opportunities to do things in a different way. He challenged the students to “remove the box” instead of just thinking outside of it. “When you remove the box, you will only see endless opportunities to make things better.”
Being the inspirational speaker that he is, the VoiceMaster inspired the crowd with his own personal story on innovation, especially how he has established himself as the VoiceMaster of the Philippines. He shared his struggles when he was starting out as a voice artist, and how the challenges he faced ignited a passion in him to be the one that opens the voice acting world to those who aspire to become part of it. He spoke about his voice acting school, his youth advocacies, and his travels around the Philippines to speak to the youth. “I’m sharing this not to brag, but to motivate you to do something great for yourself and other even if you’re still young. You need to do something today that your future self will thank you for” were the wise words from the VoiceMaster.
Of course, the VoiceMaster’s talk would not be complete without the entertaining showcase of his character voices and a barrage of “hugot lines” that left the audience energized all throughout.