SEVEN YEARS IN THE FREELANCE WORLD AND COUNTING…

June 15, 2012 marked my 7th year Anniversary in this unpredictable, profound, meaningful, adventurous yet risky world of freelance work.  May it be animation, comics or an acting job; everything has been a blessing.  Even though the salary in this third world country is not that good plus limited benefits, the challenges and experiences are always worth remembering.

Interacting with homo-sapiens such as David Campitti, local actors and actresses, International Hip-hop artist Akala and other famous celebrities in their respective fields have truly contributed to my growth as an artist.  The lessons that I have learned from these people that I met over the past five years have been my foundation for motivation and inspiration in doing something creative and spectacular, whether for work or personal.

It is always about the passion, and capturing a special entertainment moment, mesmerizing your audience; planting it in their hearts so that they would remember it and talk about for a long time.  This is what makes my job in the freelance world a remarkable one, making me always excited to wake up each morning knowing that I can do something to enthrall the tv audiences or readers.

Furthermore, last July I was lucky to be one of the participants in Akala’s acting and rapping workshop held at the Peta Theater in Quezon City; it was sponsored by the British Council.  The workshop was a unique one, considering that it combined acting, rapping and lessons about William Shakespeare’s works.   In the three day workshop I met some freelance actors and actresses as well who like myself have big goals in life and are semi-weird (haha, just kidding).  The groupings, Akala’s ingenious games, rehearsals to the final performance; all made our bonding stronger.  And working with experienced PETA performers helped me become more disciplined and prepared in any stage performance.

Akala’s workshop concluded with a two day performance, tickets were sold out and on the first day it was our groups and on the last day, it was Akala’s band.  All of the performances were held at the PETA Theater.  I would also like to mention the lovely ladies from the British Council who helped supervise the event: Ana Tan, (Programmes Manager) Jen Domingo (Programmes Officer) and Verily Villamor (Programmes Assistant).

One may conclude that working in a freelance world is really cool and risky.  Cool in a sense that you don’t wake up 4 am in the morning and go to a stable job and click in and out in that office like a zombie; you manage your time everyday.  Cool in a way that you do what you like, you wear clothes that represent your personality, no uniforms (well, actors, actresses and dancers have in the movies and television shows).  I can always choose if I would dress up like James Bond going to work, or John Cena.

Looking at the other side of the picture, it is risky because you don’t have health benefits and yes, you don’t earn salary on a regular basis.  But that is what it is all about in life, achieving greatness and taking the risks, balancing your dreams and reality.  My ultimate dream is still to make it to Pixar or Dreamworks as an animator in the future, and I won’t stop until I fulfill that.  As long as I believe that life is a journey, I can graciously accept failures and celebrate victories as I continue pursuing my goals, one step at a time.

 

 

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The Peta Universe, revisited.

Today, May 15 marks the 2nd Anniversary of our Peta Recital Plays entitled Amnexia and Elevator (I hope my bathmates still remember).  Wow, it has been two years since those unforgettable Peta memories.  So despite my super busy schedule, I took some time to sit back and relax in front of my laptop in commemorating my wonderful adventures in Peta, in text. 😉

Summer of 2010 was truly a memorable one for me as I got my first formal taste of theater experience by joining the 2010 Peta Summer Theater Arts Workshop.  It was off season at Toon City Animation Inc, back then, so I decided to kill time by enrolling in the summer workshop.  The theater workshop was all about discovering your inner self, while at the same time interacting with different kind of creature, I mean people.  Our batch was unique, so many noble young ladies and gentlemen with their respective personalities spicing up every session of the course.  There were the religious people; composed of Ed, Dodik and Kuya Renate; the hunks; the students like Steph, Rizza and the beauties like Dian and Maria, and others.  In the workshop, besides learning how to act, I kind of bonded with the universe, my body, the people around me, and the learning process touched all of my childhood experiences.  Amazing, it was like going back in time.  The four week workshop was really fast and each day was like a precious jewelry that has to be put in treasure chest.  One of the exciting and unforgettable activities that I liked was the trip to the call center office where we did a research for our recital play.  We all took an airconditioned jeepney going to the office and we just simply walked back from there to Glorietta going home.  I could still recall the moment where we all passed by the skywalk connecting Greenbelt and Glorietta as we headed back to the transport area.  I told myself that this moment would never happen again.  Too bad nobody even took a picture of it, haha.  There were also the “express your feelings” sessions, where in all of us made letters that were read out loud in the circle (clap clap clap), voicing out our opinions and feelings towards each other and the course.   I also missed my regular routine of having lunch at Broadway Centrum before heading to class.  So I usually see the celebrities of Eat Bulaga! (hosts, dancers etc), and it was really a motivating factor before heading to class ;). Haha.

In our group’s recital play entitled “Amnexia”, I was lucky to be the leading man and the mastermind behind the play.  Perhaps unconsciously inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight express, I created a world of a call center which starred Rusty (Me) and the beautiful Princess Zen (Diandra Zach).  Thanks of course to the help of my super friends like Erwin, Dodik, Kuya RJ and John for the polishing of the story.  Alas, May 15, 2010, we pulled through with the play and congratulations also for the success of the other group, with their Elevator play.  We had our final “express your feelings” and good byes to one another in our final circle formation (clap clap clap) that day.  Tears and joy came out of that session, a truly remarkable one.  The theater workshop indeed changed something in me, I learned to appreciate nature more and value life, the people around me and love unselfishly towards others.  Nowadays, the members of the batch are living normal lives, having normal jobs, continuing their studies, going abroad, some are active in show business (T.V shows, movies etc.) but all of us are still in the journey of learning, and striving hard to reach our individual goals toward success.

This is my sweetest blog yet, recalling all of the moments from that workshop.  I really miss all of the Peta people who made my 2010 summer the best summer of my life.

I would like to thank Mam. Joyce Titular for the group picture (visit her amazing blog site: adventuresofabeautyqueen.com), John Harold Bulilan and Chad Turingan for their financial contributions for my Peta Summer Workshop Tuition Fee.  And of course I would also like to thanks our great teachers Mam. Lot Bustamante and Sir. Ron Alfonso, for the guidance and making summer 2010 one heck of a roller coaster ride.  Let me end this blog with a line from the song “Memory” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats:

“Touch me, it’s so easy to leave me, all alone with the memories; of my days in the sun, If you touch me, you’ll understand what happiness means, let the memories live again.”

(P.S: To anyone who ever reads this, please take the time to hang out with your friends, family and loved ones, from time to time. Indeed we are all super busy these days, that’s a given fact, but life is not all about work, it is spending time with the people around you and creating special bonding moments with them.  What is the point of living, if you can’t feel life? )