I broke out of my 'identity'. Ever since I was 14, I was the singer, and at times, an industry puppet. I remember trying to do something else, and being told that I couldn't because Ming Bridges was a singer. Starting RENTADELLA without having a clue how to do it was so scary. From always being told what to do, I turned into a boss who had to be strong and stand up for myself. From obsessively wanting to be liked and affirmed by others, I had to learn to seek respect instead. I took control of my life and shifted my attention away from how I looked and sounded, to focusing on other people and how I could make them feel. In an Instagram-obsessed world, especially when you're in the entertainment industry, it can feel like your entire self-worth is dependent on your followers and their opinions of you (because, to a degree, it does matter to your career what others think). It's wonderful being the driving force behind a product instead of being the product, and to remind myself that my worth is so much more than a like on a photo.