James Reid opened up about why he decided to step back from acting and focus on making music.
In an interview with The Juans, James shared that he committed his time to music because he wanted creative control.
“What I did crave was artistic expression. I didn’t want people to recognize me for my name or the fame. It was for the things that I did or that I created myself,” he said in the interview.
James added that though he was in a good place when he was doing acting, it became repetitive for him.
“I love acting. But sometimes after doing teleserye after teleserye, it gets repetitive and I felt like kind of robotic. I craved something that came from me, that I can really express. I was just following instructions. It wasn’t feeding my soul," James said.
But while pursuing music has been creatively fulfilling, the actor-singer admitted that it has been a more difficult path than acting.
"It was difficult for me to step away from all of that because I was in a very good place. But I stepped away from doing that and I chose something more difficult, which is something that I still had to grow in [such as] making music and production, writing songs,” he confessed.
He relayed that the most challenging part was the business aspect of music.
James is the founder and the chairman of record label Careless.
“At the start, it was just me and my friends doing music. We do one show once a month and we think it’s great. But after a while and you look at the numbers, it’s like oh my God. We need to earn money. We can’t just be doing shows and spending money on this. The hard part was learning how to make it professional. That’s what we spend this year doing, growing up. It was really hard," he shared.
Amid the difficulties, James said that all the hard work is paying off and remarked that he is living the dream at the moment.