Speaking to Daiyan Trisha is like hanging out with a friend as she’s approachable, open and laughs a lot, especially when she reminisced those days growing up with her siblings with whom she’s close to till today. “I was such a nerd,” she laughs. “When I was little, my sisters and I were all about anime and comic books. And when we go to people’s houses (for visitation) we were these nerds who would rather read comic books than socialise!” She insists that she still can be nerdy sometimes, particularly when people catch her off guard on camera and she’s “just being myself.”
However, any signs of said trait were not present throughout the day I spent with her in the park for this shoot. She was game for anything the photographer required of her, from twirling, jumping and running to climbing up trees—all under the hot sun, no less (disclaimer: no plants or trees were harmed during the production of this photo shoot). Any lesser being would have withered. But not this spunky 27-year-old, whose beaming smile never faltered while shooting was underway.
Having established herself as a singer, songwriter, actress and poet, with a self-produced album and 1.5 million followers on Instagram, Daiyan’s talent, sincerity, authenticity and high content engagement are what makes her sought after by brands and other artistes that want to work with her. Case in point: In 2019 she went on her first Southeast Asia tour with American YouTube sensation Sam Tsui as his opening act. And in 2016, she collaborated with Indonesian singer Calvin Jeremy on the single Kita for which she got a nomination at the Anugerah Plaza Muzik in 2017 for ‘best collaboration’.
“I feel this happens when you just put yourself out there and show people that you’re open to working with them, and only then they would think of you,” remarks Daiyan matter-of-factly.
“Travelling and working with people outside of Malaysia has given me new perspectives and another mindset that is needed for me to develop more as a person if I want to go on a global level,” she continues. “If there’s an opportunity to just go out and show yourself to the world and put Malaysia on the map, why not?”
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