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Maria Yap Reveals How a Near Death Experience Changed Her Life

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. First and foremost what do you represent?

I rep a lot of things! The indie culture, Hip Hop, Filipinos! and strength/faith.

Marketing and promotion is something that a lot of artist struggle with. Would you mind sharing the difference with the masses?

Well, I handle publicity which a lot of people confuse with marketing and promotion. Granted they are related and go hand in hand, but publicity focuses on generating public interest to an artist and their music. We deal with the press/media and an artist's image and how they are perceived.

In addition to being a hip-hop head you also do a bit of modeling. When did you begin modeling?

I wear many hats. That's not even the half of it lol But yes, modeling is something I do on a freelance basis. Nothing to serious. Some gigs are paid, some aren't. Just really trying to build my portfolio up, get my name & face out there and book more gigs.

Given your last name, do you like to yap a lot?

Ha! It really depends. I'm a pretty chill individual. Unless I'm extremely passionate about a subject, I don't like to talk people's ears off.

We are Facebook friends and I noticed that you posted a gruesome car accident that occurred a few years ago. I was shocked to find out that you were involved in the crash. How did this near death experience change your outlook on life?

It was November 15, 2004. I can't forget that date. It has mos definitely changed my outlook on life. What some people don't know is that prior to the accident, I fell into depression. The accident was an eye-opener and gave me a reality check. Idk what your faith is and what you believe in but I believe God kept me here for a reason.

And being able to survive something, against the odds, moved my motivation from 0 to 100... real quick. I appreciate life a lot more and don't let things get me too down and out. It's my testimony and I use it as fuel to keep going and not give up on my dreams. I also have a lot more appreciation for the people in my life and the little things I once took for granted. All I really have to say after all that is God is good. Stay resilient and have faith. Anything is possible.

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