Since she has successfully transformed herself into a TikTok star with 700,000 followers, Thea de Luna took the opportunity to jumpstart a career in showbiz.
De Luna is one of a handful of showbiz hopefuls signed up by Black Entertainment, owned by couple Grace and Louie Cristobal with director Bobet Vidanes as managing director, yesterday, July 13.
“Gumawa ako ng content na question and answer sa Tiktok last year. Hindi ko naman ini-expect na magugustuhan ng mga tao,” de Luna, who came from Candelaria, Quezon, said. (I did a question and answer content on Tiktok last year. I did not expect people to like it.)
Actually, her first TikTok page was banned so she started a new one last November.
“Marami po ang nagre-report, hindi ko alam kung bakit. So nag-start uli ako nong November. Sayang ‘yun kasi 161,000 followers na. Nagsimula uli ako sa zero followers. Ngayon, I have more than 700,000 followers na sa Tiktok,” she said.
(There were many who were reporting [my Tiktok account], I do not know why. So I started from scratch on November. It was too bad because I already had 161,000 followers. I started again with zero followers. Now I have more than 700,000 followers on Tiktok.)
For her content, de Luna dances, does lip-sync, and of course, features her popular Q&A. The highest views came when she danced and lip-synched to the election jingle of now-president Bongbong Marcos.
“Actually, nakikita ko na sinasayaw ng iba, ang daming nagli-lipsync din. Sabi ko, gayahin ko nga, sayawin ko din. Sinayaw ko din. Hindi ko naman ini-expect na… boom! Wala pa pong 24 hours, naka-one million views na,” she said.
(Actually, I saw [the jingle] being danced by other people, there were so many who were doing lip-sync as well. I told myself, I could mimic it and dance to it. I did not expect that it will boom. In less than 24 hours, it already had one million views.)
Meanwhile, de Luna’s idols in showbiz are the Gonzaga sisters, Toni and Alex. She had the privilege of seeing the latter when she played in the Marites segment of “Lunch Out Loud.”
“Ang bait po niya talaga. Actually, tinulungan pa nga niya ako sa mga tanong doon,” she said of Toni. (She is very kind, really. Actually, she helped me with the questions there.) JB