Diether Ocampo is ready to take on whatever else is in store for his showbiz career.
With Diether Ocampo’s youthful face and physique, no one would think that in a few years time he’ll be turning 40. He confessed that his main secret in keeping a youthful look is his mindset. “Ang age irrelevant ‘yan. It’s just a number. Mind over matter lang. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
The actor further explained that he believes life is not gauged by age, rather by the good things he does for other people. “Kung marami kang taong napapasaya, ikaw din magiging masaya. It should come from within. If you feel good, you’ll look good. Ang importante [is] you mature. May mga taong tumatanda lang pero hindi naman nagma-mature. ‘Yun ang pangit. Nakikita niyo naman ngayon mas maganda na ang direksyon ng buhay ko kaysa noon.”
For him, memories of his early days in showbiz are still very clear as if they happened just yesterday, and not actually fifteen years ago. “When I auditioned for Star Circle Batch 1 na-reject ako. Pero hindi ako pinanghinaan ng loob. Naisip ko na mas lalo ko pang dapat galingan. Hindi ako tumatanggap ng failure. Inisip ko kung ano pa ang dapat kong gawin. For a year nag-aral ako ng mga dapat kong matutunan. Nung nagpa-audition uli sila, sinubukan ko ulit, and ‘yun na nga, nakuha ako for Batch 2.”
His early days as an actor were not easy. He recalled the nasty criticisms he got about his acting back then. “Noon kung anu-ano pa ang ibinansag sa akin. Pero ang paniniwala ko kasi lahat naman ng bagay sa buhay natutunan kung gugustuhin ko talaga. Life is a never-ending process of learning. Maganda na nakikita ko ngayon kung paano ako nag-evolve.”
The Guns and Roses actor believed it was his determination to reach for his dream that gave him the longevity that he never thought was going to happen. “I’m not a quitter, I’m a fighter. Lagi kong shine-share sa lahat ng aspiring actors. Marami kasi sa kanila gusto agad mag-give up kapag nare-reject sila. Maraming akong pinagdaanan para marating kung nasaan man ako. Witness diyan ang mga kasamahan ko sa Star Magic. Sila ang nag-groom at nag-guide sa amin.”