If you've ever come across TikTok skits that feature a man who acts like a young boy with "Luh" as his catchphrase, you know who Marvin Fojas is. He's also responsible for the "Bhie" TikTok series, where he plays two young girls who call each other "Bhie" but aren't ~exactly~ sincere with their friendship.
Since we're big fans of the Bhies, we just had to talk to the CEO of Luh, Marvin! Know more about this Pinoy content creator below:
When and what made you decide to become a content creator?
Marvin: I’ve always been into creative stuff since I was in high school. I tried sketching, graphic design, and video editing. Tapos noong college, I tried photography, doodle art, spoken poetry, calligraphy, and hand lettering. Palagi kong ine-explore yung creativity ko. Then, noong nagka-work na ako at nakabili ng sarili kong camera, tinuloy ko pa rin siya pero mas nag-focus ako sa photography. I also create and edit videos lalo na kapag nagta-travel. Then late 2018, mas napadalas yung paga-upload ko ng mga videos tapos na-discover ko rin yung TikTok. Pinakita ko na rin yung personality ko sa mga videos ko
You are a pharmacist by profession, we'd love to know how you balance your two careers.
Marvin: I’m renting a place near my office kaya may extra time pa rin talaga ako outside of work. Creating content is also my passion kaya in a way, importante sa akin to have a good work-life balance. Sobrang nage-enjoy ako every time I create content.
How did you come up with the "Luh" and "Bhie" series?
Marvin: Yung "luh," usual expression ko siya every time I’m with my friends hanggang sa nadala ko siya sa videos. Tapos, may mga nakapansin at nagco-comment na sa videos ko na ang hilig ko daw magsabi ng "luh." Natutuwa naman sila kaya tinuloy-tuloy ko na.
Yung "bhie" naman, yoon kasi yung usual na tawagan ng ibang high school students ngayon. So dahil school-related content ang ginagawa ko, gumawa ako hung "open-forum" video involving two girls na nagpaplastikan. Marami naka-relate doon sa video kaya nag-decide na rin ako na gawing na siyang TikTok series.
Where did you get that iconic wig?
Marvin: I bought that wig from Divisoria for P250 in 2018 especially for Tiktok—para may magamit ako every time I would portray a female character. Actually, mahaba siya dati, pero pinutulan ko siya noong ginaya ko si You Do Note Girl. Two years na yoong wig at marami na rin talaga siyang napagdaanang pagsubok kaya ganoon na yoong itsura niya.
How do you come up with the funniest TikTok ideas?
Marvin: My videos are mostly relatable videos na nangyayari sa totoong buhay. Since most of them are school-related videos, tina-try kong i-recall yoong mga experiences ko noong student pa ako. Yoong iba naman, requested ng mga viewers na nakikita ko kapag nagbabasa ako ng mga comments nila. Every time I make videos, I always try to make it as authentic and relatable as I can. Hindi ko na iniisip kung ano magiging itsura ko.
What keeps you busy during quarantine?
Marvin: I have a full-time job. Outside work, I go on social media—on Tiktok most of the time. I also shoot and edit vlogs. I do adulting stuff like grocery and I cook my own food.
What's your advice to small TikTokers who want to make it big?
Marvin: First, it’s important to find their niche or what type of videos they want to make, the more specific, the better. Then, consistency is key. Be consistent with the content, the quality, posting schedule, your personality, engaging with viewers, and the like. Lastly, they should enjoy what they do. It’s hard to entertain people if you are not happy with what you do.
*Answers have been edited for clarity.
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