Singer, songwriter Kiana Valenciano is looking to bring her career to the next level.
And with all the hard work sheâ€™s put into her music — Kiana was set to be a performing artist at this yearâ€™s South-by-Southwest, the renowned interactive, film, and music festival in Austin, Texas.
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, SXSW was canceled.
Despite the disappointment, Kiana said she was not surprised.
â€śI was already preparing myself for it because one by one, all these big events were being canceled, even the smaller ones. So I was like, alright, this is a huge possibility that it’s just not going to happen. And at the same time, I also didn’t want to put myself, my team, the band, I didn’t want to put anyone in that position where we’d be traveling. And, you know, it was just, it was a crazy week.â€ťÂ
Amid Californiaâ€™s shelter-in-place order, Kianaâ€™s away from her family — her father is the Philippinesâ€™ music icon, Gary V.
While she admitted itâ€™s been difficult, sheâ€™s trying to stay productive while on her own.
â€śI’ve been watching a lot of films and not just like the difficult movies, but I’ve been watching concerts and, and documentaries and trying to learn as much as I can from those who have been doing this for years. It’s really like, it’s hard! It’s like you’re in total isolation! It’s like what do you do with all this time? But I’ve also been trying to stay aware and be updated about what is going on in the rest of the world. I think the hardest part of all of this is really not being home.â€ťÂ
As the world continues to take extra precautions during this pandemic — Kiana offered this advice.
â€śDon’t spread negativity, especially not at this time. I think what we all need right now is some light. And if somebody needs you, whether it’s virtually or just for a call, you can be there for your loved ones.â€ť
Kiana said she continues to write and push more music out with two singles releasing soon.