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Josh Lorenzo, a Dubai-based makeup artist and singer.

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Meet Filipino makeup artist in Dubai who ‘sings like a girl’

 

DUBAI – There are many shades to Dubai-based Filipino expat Josh Lorenzo, each as colourful as the makeup palette he carries when he moonlights as a makeup artist.

He is also a comedian and singer. But not just any singer. While his regular male singing voice is spot on, he packs a shocker when he sings high notes in his female voice. Watch his inspiring story here:

Before coming to Dubai in 2019, the self-confessed Jack of all trades was active in Manila’s comedy bar circuit, doing standup comedy and singing. This was where he discovered his rare singing talent.

“Most guests would request for high-note songs like Regine Velasquez songs or Whitney’s. I already knew how to do those so I kept singing until I could sing like a girl,” Lorenzo told Expatmedia.net.

Lorenzo, like Marcelo Pomoy of America’s Got Talent, is able to sing in the female range using falsetto. The power of his unique singing style tripled when he formed the group Pepper Divas.

The singing trio were invited to perform at concerts across the Philippines after gaining fame while competing in some of the top TV shows, including It’s Showtime of network giant ABS-CBN and Sunday PinaSaya of GMA 7.

It was a whirlwind time for the Filipino performer but when Lorenzo lost is singing voice due to overuse, he was devastated. “I thought that was the end of it,” he said. Luckily, an opportunity to move to Dubai presented itself.

“They said the pay was really good. Plus, I wanted to experience working abroad,” said Lorenzo, adding that he landed his first job in a movie company after arriving in the emirate in October, 2019.

“But then a few months later the pandemic broke out. I was laid off from work,” he said.

It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. He tried singing again and was surprised to discover that he could hit high notes and produce falsetto sounds again.

“It was a miracle because I really thought I would never get my singing voice back,” he recalled, adding that the five-month break from singing did wonders for his vocal cords.

Work opportunities also opened up in Dubai to help him support his family back home in Cotabato City, Philippines.

The 31-year-old is now back to singing and doing hair styling and makeup for clients and models, while also working as an online promoter for UAE Kabayan Souq. He was one of the official makeup artists at the recent Man of the Philippines-UAE pageant in Dubai.

Lorenzo said he juggles as much freelancing work as he can handle because he is his family’s breadwinner. He is happy to share his blessings and support his seven siblings and his mother.

It is this sense of duty that has driven him to take any challenge head on. Lorenzo said he has never shirked from even the toughest jobs, including doing his dad’s makeup when the latter died.

He was looking at father when he noticed “the makeup wasn’t good”. “I told them to open the coffin so I could redo his makeup. I was crying. It was the toughest thing I ever had to do,” he recalled.

Lorenzo said he has learned to push past the pain of losing his father and work hard to support his remaining family members.

He hopes to launch his own makeup line someday and also open a bar “to give aspiring artists like me a platform to showcase their talent”.

“I have been in the business for ten years. I know their struggle,” he said.

His biggest life lesson? “Life is short. Don’t dwell on your problems. Move on. Move forward. Do what you love,” he said. PIA/Expat Media


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