Young, but not restless
by Tinna S. Bonifacio
What's it like to be 18years old, a second-lead on a hit primetime show and earning your own money?
Ask Megan Young. The former Starstruck avenger has found a new home—and gotten a new lease on her career—with ABS-CBN, which gave her the role of John Lloyd Cruz's second leading lady in its remake of the Colombian soap I Love Betty La Fea.
Her first exposure on the Kapamilya network was as a celebrity housemate on Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2.
She didn't win the top prize (in fact, she was among the first few celebrities to get voted off) but the show successfully introduced her to the primetime audience and taught her independence and a lot of other lessons—lessons that are now serving her well in her career.
Megan's success is the result of patience (waiting for the right break), talent and some good career advice. Listen to Megan as she talks about being young and definitely not restless.
You started with GMA-7 and now, you're with ABS-CBN. But your move doesn't seem to have attracted the same kind of controversy that accompanied the move of other stars.
OK naman yung pag-alis ko doon (GMA). There was nothing bad, no away, nothing. Tahimik lang. At nagpaalam ako ng maayos. Tapos sa ABS naman, sobrang warm ang welcome nila sa akin. N'ung una, siyempre, natakot ako, because I was coming from GMA, pero habang tumagal, I realized, it's all the same. It's only the environment, the names and the faces that change. I only came here to work, and that's what's important.
What's the best thing about having a career in show business?
It's been a great experience so far kahit hindi pa naman ako ganoon katagal sa industry. I really enjoy the workshops because I learn so much. Sobrang enjoy siya, because not only do you get to be with people you enjoy being with, you test the limits of your abilities and discover that you can do so many things you thought you couldn't do before. You work with your body, and are given opportunities to develop your talents in dancing and singing. Imagine, na-discover ko nga na kaya ko naman pala sumayaw!
What is the biggest lesson you've learned from your stay in showbiz so far?
You have to work hard, at kailangan matatag ang loob mo, lalo sa mga intriga kasi part talaga 'yan ng showbiz.
What's the best career advice that you've been given?
I remember, may nagsabi sa akin dati na dapat, you should give it your all every single time, because if you don't, maraming nakapila na naman diyan, at laging may kasunod. There's always someone ready to take over your spot, someone who probably wants it more than you, and is willing to work harder. So you have to give your best every time. Hanggang ngayon, sinusunod ko pa din ang advice na 'yon.
You're getting good reviews for your performance in I Love Betty La Fea. How do those reviews make you feel?
Siyempre, nakakatuwa—sino ba naman ang hindi matutuwa kapag nakakarinig ka ng magagandang comments?—but my attitude has always been, you smile, you say thank you, and then you forget about it. Kasi kapag nilagay mo sa utak mo, ang tendency is, you become relaxed. I don't want to make that mistake again. There was a time before, early in my career, that I became relaxed because of people's good comments. I was just starting then. Naging relaxed ako masyado. Ganyan kasi talaga minsan, you receive compliments, and they go to your head. I don't want that to happen to me again.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps and also make a career in show business?
Cool! If you want to, go! Maybe the best thing I could say is, 'Be yourself.' Because if you start out your career trying to be someone else—the next like this, the next like that—it's setting yourself up for failure. Siyempre, kasi iba yung original. People will know you're not genuine and real.
And finally, once you're in, don't forget to have fun! It may be a job, but it's also important to enjoy yourself while doing it.