Good afternoon my name is Celina Jade,I'm a singer-songwriter and actress when Jose asked me to speak at Ted.
I thought, awesome and then I thought oh shit I've gotta talk and sing for 18 minutes and then I got even more scared, because I looked at the website I have to offer and "free knowledge and inspiration to" again "some of the world's most inspired thinkers".
I was terrified there's like Mike who's seen more of the earth than any other human being and a bell who's climbed the highest summits well let's just say I got lost trying to find ty ku place this morning anybody with me.
Let's just say these people have come definitely a bit further than I have in our journeys then it hit me journeys that's what I can speak of it.
I'm sure you've all heard the Shakespearean saying that all life's a stage and all the men and women merely players. it's 2010, so let's update that a little I say life is a movie and we are the producer director actor and audience, so why are we our own directors, it all comes down to choices, we all have to make choices in life some smaller choices.
do I wear a pink jacket today or a blue jacket, bigger life-changing choices, like, do I eat an extra cookie over there or do I stick to a low-carb diet? or do I just went to the bathroom right now, just hide for 18 minutes until it's all over.
Ultimately it comes down to whether or not you know you want to make a movie, that's like comedy some people may be a documentary and it's all about the movie of our life that we're going to make.
Maybe I can share a little bit of my choices in my life, music has always been a passion for me, I love music because it's very empowering it connects people through a shared emotion and I knew that growing up in Hong Kong.
I want to give back to younger people because I want them to feel like this is their movie and we're free to make whatever movie that we want.
I was really lucky at 15, I was given the opportunity to release a CD I was signed to Japanese producer who was a techno dance guy, and within one week's in Hawaii recording.
one day before recording their like Selena you're singing these songs and I'm like okay I'm 15 years old, all right.I'll do whatever you know you tell me to and then all of a sudden it hits number one Taiwan, all of a sudden I'm this Selena the techno dance chase.
This is when I was 15 as you can tell I was pretty lost I don't think so, the company at the time soon realized you know what we can't have Selena studying in school, I was doing my GCSEs and doing this career so they came up to my parents and they're like mr. and mrs. heron, you know I can offer you a very lucrative deal, if you get your daughter to quit school.
My dad's a professor he can imagine that, but they were really nice they SAT me down there like you know this is your choice, this is your life, I know singing has always been like a dream and it's kind of a awesome thing,You get to fly around the world do cool things and then I thought about it.
And the first thing that came to my mind is: am I going to become somebody that I really admire? will I be able to give back like artists and music has given me in the past? and I was like Selena the techno dance check my head was like the size of a peanut how am I mature enough were responsible enough to take take this on, because being famous are successful is actually a huge responsibility.
so I was like all right, you know I'm going to continue my education go to school so I went to the LSC. I studied management I graduated with a first and all my friends are going into finance, bankers,consultants,accountants, and here am but I kind of want to sing,
So then I was faced with another choice and these choices just get harder, because then you there's a pressure but aunties and uncles being like oh you sick in the head you know. why do you want to become a singer? you can make a lot of money just faced with the highway to stability, security money, a real job someone once told me hi how are you I'm like hi I'm Selena what do you do I'm an actual singer oh is that like code for unemployed.
Anyway so I had this highway to finance or yeah! Selena the investment banker I don't know or do I choose like the long and windy road ? and you know and pursue entertainment.
To me that's kind of what my paths going to look like? and the destination is a big question mark it was it was a tough choice, but then I thought you know this is my movie, I give my own movie meaning, it's up to me and I would like to share a song that I wrote during this time.
it's called freeway.
where she remembers an entire routine she wants, but she's every day she reminds the stuff of the pay to do this job she found the Wits mundane.
excusesOn me there's no other way complacent she became it in the Silence of the night.
she fights are more inside or wondering what life would be had she taken, just one little chance the freeway you're free to find, you don't hesitate break.
You know me, a friend freeway whatever it's up to you and all to find your own to find your own way their top of me, okay I stand out the counter song, watching today singing thing that comes through the the music started out some it got louder k2 bird song.
I'm singing along damn i get out of the freeway with feeding take over he brings you don't be afraid life and I'm freedom I still nation on it's up to me and only me to find my own way there by my own then controllable the adventure you never too late take the winding Mr Shorten go dro.
cuz life is a freeway, we're fade away don't hesitate, don't hit the brakes, don't be afraid every way, we're free whatever destination, it's up to you it's up to me to find out to find our own way
thank you this ivan on piano by the way so you're probably thinking all right I get it we're directors of our life this is a freeway very original Selena
but why are we our own producers? because I realized making a choice is not enough, you know you can make a choice and sit in your butt all day, but that's that's not going to happen.
it's about perseverance, so we're kind of like the producers of our own life, we've got to invest in that choice whether that's effort time skills money and we need to problem-solve and we will face a lot of challenges.
There will be a lot of turns in the road and we need to be resourceful and committed and it's a tough road but you know the cool thing about life is that you know if you keep your wits about it you make a choice you can always turn around and take another road.
It's kind of cool, so instead of going on about this, I would like to share my second song that I wrote about perseverance.
it's called snowstorm.
I used to think that I couldn't carry on trying to 80 the impossible dry,
I was done I'll never make it that it was nothing, but a tree it was why I suffered just what does this only,
it's so fight me against the odds but there's a fire somewhere within that keeps on burnin stone.
Oh hurry to my head a finger inside cover or am I nice top of me No from and us too there's a me
Ralston never ma used to say even water and stuck in the man No me get us down.
thank you thank you why are we our own audience, this is probably a trickier one to me
I think that we are our own audience, because we give our movies meaning, it's up to us to decide is this life meaningful, nobody's judging us, truly I mean we're here we die were gone.
so to me meaning comes in two parts to live a meaningful life, I know that I need to live and I need to give why, because living gives us an opportunity to experience divinity and others through your relationship, your friendships through nature through everything.
that's outside of ourselves and giving allows us to experience divinity within ourselves, because when we give we realize how great a being we can be,.
and we feel fulfilled and satisfied and that's how I think we have meaning lastly, I would just like to share a story recently.
I asked my dad, dad, can we really make a difference in this world? and like moes? dads who never give a straight forward answer.
He said well let me tell you a story, my dear, he told me the story a guy was walking down a beach, it was a gray gray morning and he sees a little girl in the distance, she seems to be bending over picking something up and throwing it back into the ocean.
so as the guy approaches her, he starts to see oh she's picking up starfish and he's throwing it back into the ocean.
so he walks up to the girl and he says:"you know what are you doing" and the girl said:" well it's low tide right now and all these starfish have been washed up onto the beach if I don't throw them back in their gonna die of lack of oxygen".
and the guy looked at the girl he said:"yeah but do you know how many starfish there are washed up on this beach and they're probably a million other beaches out there with just the same thing happening you can't possibly think that you can make a difference".
so the girl picks up a starfish and now she throws it out into the ocean she says I bet I made a difference to that one so I hope we all make oscar-winning movies thank you.