Starting her career as a model and actress, Nabilah Mohamad (better known as Muna Bella) experienced a life-changing moment after she submitted her video audition for Personaliti Top Era Milo in 2019.
She got second place in the competition and was offered a radio announcer position at Era. Now she’s featured in popular segments such as Hit Era and Hallyu Era. If you’re K-Pop fan who regularly requested your favourite idol songs from Muna on Twitter, find out more about her in this Q&A with myeppo….
How have you adapted to life in the new norm?
As a radio announcer, I learned how to do my recording or go on-air from home. As a content creator, I started to shoot more at home due to Covid-19 restrictions, investing in equipment like monitor, lighting and camera to produce better content. Because of that, it’s easy for me to do an interview session with any international artist.
What has been the biggest lesson learnt during the pandemic?
Never take anything for granted! Before the pandemic happened, we all used to procrastinate. Once the pandemic hit, it just stopped everything. Anything can happen, so we should enjoy and appreciate our life. From that, I learnt to be strong inside and out.
Growing up, who was your role model?
My mum because she’s a very optimistic person and will always be my number one supporter. She’s the one that constantly encourages me to take action. In terms of career, I adore Pak Nil (Aznil Nawawi)!
How do you achieve a work-life balance?
The best part of my job is I enjoy doing it. For me, it does not feel like work. It’s pretty straightforward for me to achieve a work-life balance. Before the pandemic, I usually to treat myself to cafes or something as simple as watching Korean dramas at home.
Speaking of K drama, what are you currently watching?
Right now, I’m watching My Roommate Is A Gumiho. The lead oppa Jang Ki Yong is so handsome! I am enjoying Racket Boys too.
What advice would you give to those who want to follow in your footsteps?
Never give up! Opportunity can come along and knock on your door any time. Whether you’re a content creator or want to be a radio announcer or presenter, it is always advisable to practice your skills. We never know when the opportunity will arise. In my case, it all happened very suddenly because of one video audition that changed my life. Whatever you’re doing right now, never give up.
What is your beauty routine like?
I won’t ever miss out on wearing sunscreen. My all-time favourite sunscreen products are Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50, Wardah UV Shield Essential Sunscreen Gel SPF30 PA+++ and La Roche Posay Anthelios Invisible Tinted SPF50+ Non-Perfumed Sunscreen.
Away from work, what forms of wellness do you indulge?
I love candles! My favourite is Cherry Blossom from Bath & Body Works, and I’m obsessed with it. Other than that, I’m doing Pilates right now, and I like it more than yoga. I sometimes treat myself to a massage, somewhere around Bangsar!
What are your goals for the rest of 2021?
My goal for 2021 is to improve my career. I’m learning the Korean language right now, and I want to enhance my skills to produce more content. But I want to travel once this year, which I really hope can happen soon.
What is your greatest accomplishment in life?
My greatest accomplishment in life, as of now, is becoming a radio announcer. I started in competition … and after competing for two weeks, won second place and got to work as a radio announcer. The best part is I get to interview K-pop artists!
Myeppo Talks To… is a weekly series in which we profile dynamic personalities. It is out every Monday. For more of Muna’s works, follow her @munaabella on Instagram.