It’s normal for undergrads to not know what they want to do with their lives. Many spend their college years so overwhelmed by their options that they don’t which ones to pick. Or, perhaps, they’re unsure whether a specific career they envision for themselves is truly right for them. In 25-year-old Mikee Lim’s case, advertising was always the dream—that is, until he actually entered the industry.
After graduating from De La Salle University in 2013, Mikee joined different ad agencies, climbing the corporate ladder a little higher with each new job. Case in point: in just over a year, Mikee went from being an intern in one agency to manager in another.
The stress that came with promotion, however, took a toll on him. “I was getting sick, my hair was falling out, I lost 15 pounds in a span of five months. So, that wasn’t good,” he confesses. Even his mother was concerned. “She told me to choose,” he says. “Either keep getting sick (and) spend so much money on your health that you have no savings or resign. Needless to say, he opted for the latter.
Mikee was determined to find a job that would pay commensurate to the effort he could put in. His mother once again stepped in and suggested he try becoming an insurance agent. Almost four years later, Mikee is now a certified wealth manager and financial advisor for one of the country’s premier insurance companies.
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Sometimes, work is tough. Mikee is thus constantly searching for new clients and helping them recognize the need for financial planning. Patience is key and the pay-off is definitely worth it. “Your client may not be ready, but somewhere along the road—maybe (in) a few months or a year or two they might,” Mikee explains.
Another benefit is the flexibility. Because agents aren’t tied to a desk and call the shots for their hours, it’s easier for them to pursue other passions. For Mikee, it’s acting. When he isn’t tending to clients, a typical day may include attending acting workshops, go sees, or VTRs (Video Tape Recordings).
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His biggest break to date was when he was cast in a film that was sent to compete abroad. “I was just asked to be a talent,” he recalls. “Then the director saw how well I performed and I heard from one of the production staff that he was going to give me a role on the spot. It felt good!”
If there’s anything he’s learned these past few years, it’s that it’s very possible to dream big and reap the benefits of two totally different worlds. Says Mikee, “I hope to put up my own unit in the company so I can help people.” As for acting? “Not every actor is perfect; I hope to be able to hone my craft even more and win awards. Fingers crossed!”
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Produced by Mels Timan and Barry Viloria | Photography by Vyn Radovan | Cinematography by Lui Jimenez | Makeup by NARS Cosmetics: March Santos and Jason Delos Reyes | Hairstyling by Triple Luck Hair & Nail Salon
Shot on location at Paperwork Coworking QC, Mezzanine AL Building #1 Campanilla cor. E. Rodriguez, Quezon City, Philippines
Special Thanks to Ivan Cabral, Janine Jayme, and Ogie Rodriguez