He is a believer who believes nothing is impossible. That inherently makes him a free soul with no boundaries. He is passionate about life and has high regard for people who have a burning desire to be something or somewhere. Junii Zeyad started out as a model and performing artist who later graduated on to becoming an entrepreneur. Here, Junii talks to Pakistan Life Illustrated about his life and aspirations.
Q: Briefly tell us about your performing arts career?
A: Describing my journey in brief words is tough. I left my home when I was 13. I wanted to pursue a performing arts career which the society didn’t approve of. So I went to the United States. Life in the States was difficult. I mopped floors, cleaned bathrooms to survive also worked at fast food joints. But eventually with the hardwork, I achieved what I wanted to, and I love it more now than ever before. I came back to Pakistan; I created an entertainment company with an aim to promote performing arts. The more I grew, the more I fulfilled the things I wanted to do. I love creating things myself food , clothes , furniture , art, etc . I didn’t just stick to performing arts career, I later diversified.
Q: What inspired you to get into performing arts?
A: My mother was and is the biggest inspiration. Her name is Sehr Jennifer Butt. She was a dancer and an actor while working two jobs to support herself and her passion. She was also one of the few actors who appeared in Pakistan’s first coloured movie. I knew I was born with it, and I owe it to my mother.
Q: We heard that you’re launching a song. What is your song about?
A: It’s a dance number. It’s about who I am. It depicts my love and passion for dance and music, with a flirtatious touch to it.
Q: When and how did you first become interested in music? How long have you been singing?
A: I have been singing for as long as I remember. Maybe perhaps since the age of 3, but it has been two years since I started sharing my love for music with my audience. I took a chance, and I am making the most of it.
Q: How do you describe your art and music to people?
A: Freedom and True Love, that’s all it is.
Q: What are your musical influences?
A: Latin music is my major inspiration because I am a huge fan of Latin American dance. Enrique Iglesias is my ideal, and there is no doubt about the fact that he is one of the greatest singers of his time.
Q: Do you play any instrument?
A: I don’t play anything anymore. I used to love playing Sitar and Dhol. My current favorite is guitar, which I sometimes practice.
Q: What’s next on the cards for you?
A: Sky’s the limit! You never know what I’ll do next.