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Foo Bihzhu, 32

Foo Bihzhu, 32

Singer/Songwriter

I’m making music because I feel like I’m an instrument of love when I perform. That’s kinda like my mission in life. I quit my job in 2009 to focus on my music, but soon after that my band disbanded because my bandmate moved away to Singapore. In 2011 I decided to become a solo artist, and here I am! My career hasn’t blown up in a major way but it has a steady trajectory - I think that’s worked out for me as well. The local music scene is actually really supportive. I’m sure there’s drama and politics in any scene, but so far I’ve experienced a lot of support.

Right now, I’m working on my second album and shooting a couple of videos. Hopefully after the album’s out, I will be able to have a concert and a tour. Outside of my music I love reading; I’m allowed to buy one book a month. I also like watching movies and I’m currently taking ballet for adults. And I like laughing. My boyfriend is a standup comedian, so it comes with the territory.

It’s a gift to be able to do something you enjoy and make that your career. At the same time it’s also very challenging. I just want to make music but I also have to think of making money. I have had to be careful to balance both elements, but that’s a really great learning process. I also really enjoy the experiences that come with it: I’ve gotten the chance the travel to Korea, China, Indonesia and Australia to perform, and I’ve been really lucky to play with talented, big-hearted people. I think what makes me happiest is the relationships that come with the music. It’s made my life a lot richer and I’m a better person for it.

If there’s one thing I could share, it’s that you are enough. No matter what situation you’re in, no matter what you think of yourself, your body, your accomplishments, just know that you are enough and you are exactly where you’re supposed to be: at the right place, at the right time. Just treat everything like a gift and a lesson.