Memoirs of a Retiree 53
As a child I dreamt of becoming an actress and seeing myself on screen. Of course, that did not happen. I went to school, went to college, got 2 diplomas. Sabi nga ng mga magulang natin, “study hard so you can have a good job and be stable.” I found a job And after many years I became a senior manager in one of the biggest companies in the Philippines. Not bad. Last year I retired.
Even now, I haven’t forgotten my childhood dreams. The dream to see myself on screen remains. Maybe in retirement, I can fulfill my childhood dreams.
I remember asking a good friend – John Vic de Guzman (athlete and showbiz personality) that if he finds any opportunity for me, he should let me know. I even told him, “Kahit ang role ay tsismosang kapitbahay or tindera sa kanto, it is fine with me. Hehehe.
Then, a couple of weeks back, John Vic Ortiz De Guzman sent me a casting call from Nicole Ong Matti. The role is for a 60+ year old woman who owns a sari sari store. Are you kidding me? Tindera sa kanto! I emailed Nicole, sent her my pictures and she scheduled me for an audition.
I was so excited to go to UPFI for the auditions. First time eh. I met Nicole, the talent coordinator and Claudia, the director. They gave me the scenario and a script. I will not spoil the film by telling you about it, but it is something I really, really can relate too. If I tell you now I know how you will react. I read the lines, in a way I can almost say it was mine. Relate na relate ako eh.
It’s been more than a week since the audition and I haven’t heard from them. I guess I didn’t make it, maybe I did. Sabi naman ni John Vic, “don’t expect too much sa first time”. But is is an opportunity of fulfilling a childhood dream I cannot miss. Even if I didn’t make it, I am happy I went to the audition. At least I tried.
No regrets. Better luck next time.