Jas Baldoza pushes boundaries as the youngest female director of Prowess Supremacy Production Inc.
A powerful woman rises from adversity but never forgets her origin. She learns from her past and strives for excellence in her present. She chooses to keep moving forward for her future. Jas Baldoza is equipped with an intuition that guides her course like a compass — especially, as the youngest female director of Prowess Supremacy Inc.
It’s not a secret that every industry is a male-dominated industry. It’s also not a secret that being a woman in such an industry will continue to be difficult and exhausting. However, women of today continue to push past boundaries and break the walls that our patriarchial society has built. And, Jas Baldoza is one of them.
Jas Baldoza, the youngest female director of Prowess Supremacy Production Inc.
At such a young age, she injects herself into the history of Prowess Supremacy Production Inc. as their youngest female director. Being a female director is already impressive enough. But, being the youngest one in their company? Aside from being unheard of, it seems unfathomable. In an interview with Village Pipol Magazine, Jas Baldoza tells us about how she made it happen.
From an early age, I’ve always been a perfectionist. I always wanted to be the best. When I was younger, I remember that I was always interested in topics, films, and articles that were way beyond my age. I was always that ‘grown-up’ kid that always dreamt of becoming successful.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Well, it seems as if Jas Baldoza became an empowered young woman by watching her powerful mother dominate award after award. They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It reigns true with Jas and her mother. But, in this case, the apple was strong because the tree that grew it was indestructible.
I think it stems from having to grow up and seeing my mom as someone who is always strong and determined. And, witnessing her grow from a baby cub to a lioness. She didn’t only grow but also reached the top such as being awarded a Presidential Award, Top Service Providers, and 12 Empowered Women of Achievement among others.
As a young girl, I was able to witness the start, and the ending, and watch the entire process. Being at the top and becoming the best has been my dream and my mom would always tell me, ‘when you join or venture into anything, do not only join but show them your expertise where you are good at, explore, network, and reach the top award.’
Jas Baldoza is a huge fan of Michael Jackson. She expressed that she is a huge fan, not only of his music but because of his wisdom and hard work as well. He has two quotes that she applies in her work and in her sport.
The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.Michael Jackson
You have to believe in order to become.Michael Jackson
Jas Baldoza on striving for excellence
When one strives for excellence, it impacts their view of taking control of their own future. They don’t rely on others to take them on the journey. They take the wheel and drive themselves to their own destination. Jas Baldoza admitted that she has always been a planner and she would always look at the vision from all its angles.
I would always explore different areas that I know would challenge me and make me improve even better. Not only in terms of hobbies, sports, or interests but in my education as well. This is why I am such an advocate for continuing education. I don’t believe that once you graduate, that’s the last of it. No – you must continue to learn more and explore your expertise. Learning is a never-ending process. As long as you have the talent, the skills, and the determination, you will be unstoppable.
Jas Baldoza worked in the fashion industry as a model and turned into a young businesswoman, specializing in marketing and advertising. She had various experiences in different fields. That’s why it comes as no surprise that she made an impact as the youngest director of Prowess Supremacy Production Inc.
I was surrounded by very creative people in the fashion industry because my mom was a model. Her being a model resulted in me becoming one as well. The people around me influenced me, seeing their passion at work.
When I used to do fashion shows for my mentor, Tito Robby Carmona, I would see him directing the shows right down to the music and the lighting. Immediately, I was sure I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. I wanted to be in this industry.
The youngest female director of Prowess Supremacy Production Inc.
Prowess Supremacy Production Inc. started when Jas Baldoza was just nineteen or twenty years old. There was a modeling competition called World’s Best Models Philippines. And, that’s where it all started. The Chairman of the Board Jose Stephen B. Santos gave her a break to handle The Creative Team of Prowess. There, she explored all her ideas with their guidance and encouragement.
It was very surreal that during the final night, I was able to co-direct the show with big fashion directors. I saw how this made a mark in the industry of modeling competitions. I couldn’t have done it without an amazing team behind me and the support of the board. Everything started from that night and the rest is history.
Although being the youngest director of Prowess Supremacy Production Inc. remains the most impressive thing to know about Jas Baldoza, there are still times that people try to invalidate her experiences and achievements just because she is ‘too young.’
As someone who is younger than the typical executive or businesswoman, everyone expects that it’s impossible. But, I’ve dedicated myself to work ever since I was younger. It was always for my career, and my work. It was something that I knew people criticize me for. But, I let my work speak for itself. I know there will be rejections.
A woman does not need to prove herself worthy.
She already is.
We’ve heard it a lot of times before. A woman almost always has to prove herself to be worthy of something. She doesn’t need to. No one ever needs to, really. Aside from being ‘too young,’ Jas Baldoza is a woman in this industry which has affected her perspective about how she was going to present herself.
It’s like you constantly have to prove yourself more because you’re young and you’re a woman. But, with the industry becoming more inclusive, having these women’s representation and being a woman in the industry feels like a superpower. It’s something to feel proud of. It wasn’t always like this when I was growing up. But, times have changed. Having representation is important to show a young woman that she can do this and that she can become who she wants to be.
Being part of Prowess Supremacy Production Inc. seems to be one of the things that made Jas Baldoza even more indestructible. She dedicated passion and hard work. Although it looks glamorous, it’s not always easy. But, it’s all worth it, especially when she looks back and sees how far she has come and how far Prowess has come.
I’ve always looked at it in a way that it’s a challenge, not a struggle. It’s part of the process that you have to get through. I’ve always been thankful and very proud of Prowess, and our staff behind it, without them supporting the board and management’s vision, we wouldn’t be here. One of the things that make me go ‘Oh, I want to do this’ is seeing all of our hard work pay off after a project and seeing the team very proud to be part of Prowess.
Breaking down expectations and norms
It’s always important to see how powerful women actually are. And, it’s also important for women who have a voice to utilize their platforms to empower other women and the young girls that may or may not look up to them. Of course, Jas Baldoza agrees with such a sentiment and points out the movement’s significance.
It’s important to show powerful women because it shows gender equality and it provides role models. With online platforms, it is now easier to show representation to young children. Seeing women in leadership positions can inspire other women and girls who aspire to similar roles. It can also provide a sense of validation and support for women who may face discrimination or barriers in their own lives.
When women are seen as capable and successful leaders, it can help break down gendered expectations and norms. I intend to continue to share the journey I faced at such a young age to encourage other women that they can be leaders, too. Hindi lang kayo basta babae, babae kayo. And, that is a superpower.
As we end the interview to a close, Jas Baldoza leaves a message for her younger self.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Making mistakes is a natural part of growing. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Embrace the journey of life with an adventurous spirit.
Of course, we would ask her to leave a message to her future self, too.
I hope this message finds you well and that you have continued to learn and grow as a young businesswoman. As your past self, I want to remind you of the importance of your purpose. Remember to always use your knowledge and power for the good. I encourage you to continue to improve and evolve and to always strive to be the best version of yourself. Your potential is limitless and I have no doubt that you will continue to inspire those around you.
It’s inspiring to see a woman in her element. It’s also inspiring to see a woman dominating said element. Because just like we said, Jas Baldoza is equipped with an intuition that guides her course like a compass. And, that is why we asked her to send a message to other women who are dominating and are planning to dominate the industry that they are in right now.
Keep pushing boundaries and breaking barriers. Your achievements are paving the way for future generations of women to follow in your footsteps. Don’t let anyone hold you back. You have the talent, skills, and drive to succeed.
And, to all those wonderful women out there, biological or not, you are amazing. Happy International Women’s Month everybody!
Photographer | Jet Bolado
Co-Photographer | JP Mariano
Makeup | Josh Deato and Chen Riños
Stylist | January Saga Abad
Suits | Ryan Chris
Studio | Prowess Supremacy Production Inc.
Angela Grace P. Baltan has been writing professionally since 2017. She doesn’t hesitate to be opinionated in analyzing movies and television series. Aside from that, she has an affinity for writing anything under the sun. As a writer, she uses her articles to advocate for feminism, gender equality, the LGBTQIA+ community, and mental health among others.