Work and personal life have no separation for singer and model, Gabrielle Current. Since the age of five, Gab has been modeling and singing, and has recently begun writing her own music. Three of her songs were featured in the Season Finale of Pretty Little Liars and her face is popping up in advertisements you may have seen before. Being physically, emotionally, and culturally aware of herself has helped Gab within all aspects of her life, career, and future. Read more about Gab Current in her interview for MISSBISH below!
Quick introduction! Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Gabrielle Current. I’m a singer and model from Pasadena, California.
You are Filipino, Korean and Swedish. Does your multicultural background influence your work in any way?
Of course! It definitely plays a part in the jobs I book for modeling. Being multicultural allows me to fit into many categories of ethnicities, so I'm not defined by just one. I love getting to represent multiple nationalities.
Earlier this year you decided to make some lifestyle/health changes for your career. What changes did you make and what challenges did you face in the process?
Modeling and having a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand, so I decided to change my eating habits and start an exercise routine in the months leading up to 2017. I cut out a ton of fats, carbs, sugars, and dairy, which was the biggest challenge for me because I’m such a foodie. I also started working out every day and took up classes I never thought I’d find myself doing, like boxing and Zumba. It was difficult to stick to the routine in the first few weeks, but once I got used to the schedule it was a lot easier to maintain and extremely rewarding.
Do you have any advice for anyone hoping to transition towards a healthier lifestyle?
Patience! Results don’t come overnight. Oftentimes, I would do so many sit-ups and think I would have abs the next morning or even the next week, which was not the case. Give yourself at least 21 days before you see changes.
How did you begin your singing and modeling careers?
I started both when I was 5. My mom insisted that my sister and I take up piano and voice lessons, so she enrolled us in a performing arts school on the weekends. I immediately caught the performing bug; I studied classical voice and musical theatre and continued singing ever since. It wasn't until a few years ago that I decided to write my own songs.
Modeling began at the same time. It started with a photo contest where my mom missed the submission deadline, so she sent my photos to a few modeling agencies. I ended up signing with two!
Who are some of your musical and fashion inspirations?
I’m heavily inspired by R&B artists right now. I especially love The Internet and how Daniel Ceasar incorporates flares of gospel in his music. Vocally, I'm inspired by women like Amy Winehouse, Alina Baraz, Jorja Smith, and Naomi Saalfield from Hiatus Kaiyote.
As for fashion, I think I have a quirky style and like to mix skater/athletic with feminine pieces. I’ll combine sneakers with floral dresses, mini skirts, or wide leg trousers.
"I try to keep everything connected, so I love working and creating with friends and family on my projects."
Three of your songs were in the Series Finale of Pretty Little Liars and you are popping up on store walls, advertisements, and websites. What is it like seeing your name out there and gaining more popularity?
Everything feels so surreal! I have been passionate about modeling and music for as long as I can remember, so having my first songs featured on a show I grew up watching was a huge and unexpected blessing.
What are some upcoming projects you are working on?
I'm writing and working on a lot of new music. My taste is always changing, so it's fun getting to explore new sounds. I also have some features coming out soon, so stay tuned!
How do you balance your career and your personal life?
There isn't really a need for balance because they're not separate. Right now I'm dedicating all my time to modeling and making music. I try to keep everything connected, so I love working and creating with friends and family on my projects.
Where do you hope to see yourself in the next 5 years?
In 5 years, I hope to still be doing what I love and involved with music and fashion whether that's styling, designing, or performing.
What are 3 hidden gems in Los Angeles?
1. Copa Vida in Pasadena: The atmosphere is friendly, their lattes are amazing and it's where I edit most of my YouTube videos.
2. Downtown Flower Market: I'm there almost every other week. Having a home filled with plants, flowers, and succulents makes me so happy!
3. Cafe 86: It has the best Ube desserts, which is one of my favorite Filipino foods. I always get the Ube shake.
What does MISSBISH mean to you and who is your MISSBISH?
To me, MISSBISH is someone who is genuine and unapologetically confident. My MISSBISH is anyone who is just that--authentic and unafraid to be themselves.
Photography by: Christina Choi