Awesome career advice from John Lloyd Cruz
MANILA, Philippines – John Lloyd Cruz is one of today's most bankable actors, with roles in films like One More Chance, It Takes A Man and A Woman, Honor Thy Father, and recently, Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis. But like any other actor, John Lloyd worked his way up to where he is – and things weren't always so easy.
During a recent interview with reporters at the launch of Western Union where he was introduced as the new celebrity ambassador, John Lloyd talked about his more difficult school years.
"I was kicked out [out of school]," he shared. "Because bawal sa kanila yung mag-appear, lumalabas ka sa TV. I started my home school which didn't work for me. Kasi you'll be given tapes [at that time], CD, modules, ganun yung ibibigay sa iyo and it didn't work for me. "
(Because they don't allow students to appear on TV. I started my home school which didn't work out for me. because you'll be given tapes [at that time], CD, modules, those are the ones that will be given to you and it didn't work out for me.)
John Lloyd added: "Lahat ngayon na alam ko sa buhay, sa trabaho ko, natutunan ko along the way." (What I know now in life, in my work, I've learned that along the way.)
When asked about his advice for those who want to enter acting, John Lloyd said it's hard to say, saying it boils down to the person's intention to enter the industry.
"Mahirap kasi because do they really want to get into it because of the craft? Kasi marami din sa panahon ngayon parang gusto lang sumikat eh. Gusto lang makita sa TV. Like karaniwan sa mga nagsisimula as talents, kasi ako nagsimula din as a talent, may bit role ka ganyan, ganun din ako nagsimula so ang sinasabi ko lang, huwag natin pagkamalan yung paging actor na gusto mo lang sumikat, gusto mo lang mapanood sa TV parang hindi lang po…mas malalim pa iyon.
(It's hard because do they really want to get into it because of the craft? Because there are so many nowadays that the reason they want to do aciting is to be famous. They want to be on TV. Like those who started as talents as I started one myself, you have bit roles so what I'm saying is, don't assume that being an actor, you just want to be famous, you want to be seen on TV. There's more to it than that.)
"Pag nag-aapply kayo na maging isang talent, gusto nyo magkaroon ng isang papel sa teleserye or pelikula, you have to be serious, you have to study," he said.
(If you apply to become a talent, you want a role in a teleserye or movie, you have to be serious, you have to study.)
Know what you want
John Lloyd said that while passion is important, one must know if they are really serious about pursuing a field.
"Yung passion naman in my case nangyayari lang 'yan along the process, pero you have to know what you want. Kung pipiliin niyo yung acting, then you have to study, you have to know what you’re doing.
(The passion in my case it happens along the way, the process, but you have to know what you want. If you're going to choose acting, then you have to study, you have to know what you're doing.)
John Lloyd added: "Akala natin ang acting para lang gusto mo sumikat. Akala natin ang acting, ang paglabas sa sine, ang paglabas sa TV akala natin ganun lang ka simple. Sana kung interesado talaga sila, seryosohin nila."
(Sometimes, people think acting is just about becoming famous, like you're on TV, you're in movies, some think it's that simple. So if you're really interested, be serious about it.)
Although he's now enjoying success, John Lloyd said he's open to the possibility of returning to school, especially acting school. Aside from acting, John Lloyd has tried producing a movie – Honor Thy Father, which received rave reviews despite facing controversy at the Metro Manila Film Festival last year. (READ: John Lloyd Cruz on PH cinema: 'Kapag mahal mo, ipaglalaban mo')
"Yeah why not? Kasi gustong-gusto ko natututo, gustong-gusto nag-aaral and kung magkakaroon ng opportunity, bakit hindi, especially ngayon sa panahon na ito because I’m trying to expand the horizon for myself when it comes to my job. Maybe there’s more to this job than acting," John Lloyd said.
(Yeah why not? I really want to learn, I want to study and if there's an opportunity, why not, especially at these times, because I'm trying to expand the horizon for myself when it comes to my job. Maybe there's more to this job than acting.) – Rappler.com