One’s a geologist, one’s a musician. Elang to Eros, these Tjokros made each of their own history and though background wise they’re different, but truth be told they’re like two peas in a pod. Eros Tjokro and Erlangga Tjokro, two brothers who grew up with music by their sides, but currently pursuing each of own dreams. The brothers reminisced their dreams as kids and talk about what they have in store in the future.
As previously featured in the articles in Letter F in here, Eros Tjokro is a musician who has released three singles: “Good Times”, “Addicted”, and “Crazy (Daydreaming)”. An actor as well as he starred in Provoke magazine’s miniseries Anjas, and of course the host The F Thing’s own Jakarta Street Chapter with Tuan Tigabelas. Meanwhile the brother, Erlangga TJokro or Elang, is an entrepreneur at the oil and mining company, PT Batara Nusantara Investama, that he built together with his friends, Elang is also a father of one and a husband to a beautiful actress, Cynthia Ramlan.
What was your dreams growing up? Has any of it come true?
Elang: “I thought I wanted to do something for my country, but since I was young, I’ve always looked up to our late dad who was an entrepreneur, so that made me decide to follow his steps as an entrepreneur.”
“For me, though we grew up together, I’ve always enjoyed singing. When we were young, our late dad often asked me to sing while my brother played the drums, but I didn’t really like the spotlight and refused to do so. However, as I grew older I knew that singing is what I wanted to do in the future and if I were to be asked whether one of my dreams has come true, the answer would be yes.”
What is your biggest sacrifice that you did for your current career now?
Elang: “Back then I faced a dilemma: to create my own company with my friends, or to work in one of the state owned enterprises because I was in a good path with a good position. After discussing with my family, especially my wife, they supported me to follow my dream: being an entrepreneur.”
Eros: “For me, it’s choosing my current path as my career. I’m the youngest of three and I’m the only one who chose music as my main career. So in a way, I’m still maintaining the music habit in my family, and giving my best effort to this industry.”
Could the current career be considered as your biggest achievements?
“At the age of 29 years old, my partners and I were dreaming of having a renewable energy based company, and we’re currently on progress in having 100% assets worth of USD 2 million—and we’re about to accomplish that.”
Eros: “First of all, becoming a musician has always been underestimated by most people, and my dream is to become a musician with my own hard work: blood, sweat, and tears, to build my own connections and my own values.”
“If I may add, our late father always reminded us to be responsible with our own choice of career. Whichever career we chose, be focused and consistent in our path. I honestly believe that both of us are doing the best with our own way.”
As we’re doing Creating Your Own History as our main theme for the shoot, what does Creating Your Own History mean to you?
Elang: “Being useful for others. As an entrepreneur, I wanted to open up job opportunities and to make an impact to the communities. So to me, it’s about being focused in the energy industry in order to support Indonesia, so that we can become independent in the energy sector.”
“To me, I’ve always wanted ‘Tjokro’ to remain in many fields, my brother in the energy sector, me in a music field with my own achievements.”
Elang: “Talking about inheriting the name ‘Tjokro’ brought a memory years ago when I was a president for the student council during my high school years in Labschool Kebayoran Lama and got a trophy with ‘Tjokro’ name written. Three years later, another ‘Tjokro’ was elected once again because Eros was the president of student council. That’s pretty cool too to see our name in a different trophy being displayed side by side.”
Eros: “That actually prove how I looked up to him.”
We’ve been talking about dreams and goals, but these days there are so many kids struggling to achieve their dreams, do you have any advices for them to reach their dreams?
“As long as you believe in your goals with well-thought out plans, then go for it. Don’t listen to what others say about you. Fight for it, don’t stop. Anything is possible if you put your hardest efforts.”
“For those who wish to be in the entertainment industry whether it’s acting or singing, you should have a determination. Being in this industry is not easy, once you’re in, it’s hard to get out of it. Set your goals straight and focus on them.”
Editor: Galuh Tathya
Writer: Windyannisa Cindrati
Photographer: Vicky Melly
Digital Imaging: Rian Pandu
Stylist: Salsabila Sari
MUA: Nadia Renata
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