Ask any Malaysian who Yuna
is, and everyone will proudly say that she’s a local girl/internationa star who's making it big in the United States.
From working with with A-list superstars such as Usher
and Pharrell Williams
to singing soundtracks for box-office movies such as The Croods
, Yunalis Zarai proved that anything’s possible as long as you set your mind to it.
Well, before all the international fame and fortune, Yuna was already doing very well in the local music scene. Realising that the she has more to offer to the rest of the world, she decided to move to Los Angeles to further her career.
However, it wasn’t an easy feat climbing to the top.
singer recently had an opportunity of a lifetime, performing a mini-concert at the Para Asean Games closing ceremony on Sunday and mesmerising thousands of spectators at the Bukit Jalil Stadium. She also performed during the opening ceremony.
A few days before her performance, she posted a heartfelt note on her Instagram recounting the journey and struggles she faced during her early days as an artist, especially when she first moved to Los Angeles.
“You can achieve a small amount of success, or a huge one, but you never could have done it by yourself.
Someone in your life, somewhere, was there to help you.”
She added that people nowadays tend to attribute their success to their own efforts, without acknowledging the help of others.
The law graduate then said that she “always knew someone went out of their way for me when I needed help, when I had nothing.”
She then continued with a line that probably thousands of struggling musicians around the world can relate to.
“Once, I had to split RM50 (about USD$15) with my bandmates & crew
, and sometimes they worked for free
because we didn’t get paid
“When I first moved to LA, I ate instant noodles or rice and sardines on alternate days to save money because everything was too expensive
in LA. But I had friends who looked after me and got me food.”
Yuna ended the note by thanking those who has helped her throughout her journey from the start, especially during hard times, and said that she “will remember it forever.”
You can achieve a small amount of success, or a huge one, but you never could have done it by yourself. Someone in your life, somewhere, was there to help you. I feel like a lot of people nowadays think that if they become something, they did it all by themselves. But I always knew someone went out of their way for me when I needed help, when I had nothing. Once, I had to split RM50 (about USD$15) with my bandmates & crew, and sometimes they worked for free coz we didnt get paid.. Or, when I first moved to LA, I ate instant noodles or rice and sardines on alternate days to save money coz everything was too expensive in LA. But I had friends who looked after me & got me food. You know. Stuff like that.. I will remember forever. Thank you. ❤️ photo: @allisamazing // Me at the @Cartier event with the team
Who knew behind her sparkly and eye-catching dresses, golden performances, and charming persona lies a humble human being who has had her fair share of struggles in life.
The Kedah native proved that hard work, perseverance, and determination will eventually pay off in the end.
The singer, who’s turning 31-years old this November, is probably reaching the pinnacle of her career and is definitely an inspiration to many Malaysians.
So, what’s next for Yuna? Perhaps adding 'Grammy-award winner' to your list of accolades and achievements? We wish you all the best and may your star keep on shining for many years to come.