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Christian Bables reveals how he started in acting: ‘Wala akong pambayad ng workshops’

Star Magic workshops alumni Christian Bables looks back on his six years as a trainee before getting his big break in showbiz.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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10/09/2021 09:43 AM
Christian Bables reveals how he started in acting: ‘Wala akong pambayad ng workshops’
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As one of the most popular alumni of Star Magic’s workshops, actor Christian Bables shared that he is most grateful to director Rahyan Carlos for believing in him when he was just starting his journey in acting.

“Ang dami kong dreams na natutulungan matupad nitong Star Magic workshops. More than the learnings, feeling ko ang nakukuha ko, ang pinaka blessing sa akin sa pagpasok sa Star Magic workshops is yung pagiging pamilya namin. Si direk Rahyan (Carlos) kung hindi yan naniwala at sumuporta sa akin siguro wala ako dito ngayon. Dahil before, wala akong pambayad ng workshops (laughs). Kung hindi dahil sa consideration ni direk to train under him hanggang sa nag-open ang mga doors for me. Kung wala yung pusong ganun sa loob ng Star Magic workshops, marahil wala ako dito ngayon. So ang laki ng pasasalamat ko sa kanila,” he said.

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Aside from helping him hone his craft that led him to win acting awards, Christian revealed that the workshops prepared him for the different challenges in-x and outside showbiz.

“Natutunan ko na kapag nag-knock ang opportunity sa ‘yo dapat prepared ka. Naniniwala ako dun dahil siguro it took me six years bago ako mabigyan ng opportunity na yung first film ko. Dun sa six years na yun aral lang ako ng aral kay direk Rahyan. There were a series of rejections, a series of nos, pero hindi ako natinag eh. Kasi more than anything, ang na-e-enjoy ko dun sa workshops, lagi ko siyang outlet. Parang naging parte siya ng paghinga ko kumbaga, parang ganun. Ang hirap ng wala siya. Dahil hindi ka lang natuturuang umarte, tuturuan ka niya to win in life.

“Ayan ang tinuturo ng Chubbuck technique ni direk Rahyan. And hindi lang siya sa acting nagagamit eh kundi sa buhay talaga. And sa lahat ng natutunan ko sa Star Magic workshops, ayan yung pinagpapasalamat ko dahil it keeps my sanity intact kumbaga. Mag-iiba yung tingin mo in life eh. Iba yung pag-abot mo sa mga goals mo. Alam mo yun, kung paano mo tanggapin ang mga bagay bagay. Ngayon ko siya sobrang naappreciate ngayong pandemic sobra,” he said.

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The 28-year-old actor also said that until now, he is still applying everything he learned while doing workshops under director Rahyan Carlos. “Believe it or not, meron pa rin akong papel na binigay sa akin sa workshop. Every time na may shooting ako or taping dala ko yun. Guide ko yun eh. Hindi ako makapag-rely sa sarili kong memory. May guide pa rin akong sinusunod just to make sure,” he revealed.

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With the Star Magic workshops now available for enrollment online, Christian said he was impressed by the transition from physical to virtual workshop format. “In all fairness, sa set-up ngayon ng virtual workshops na-experience ko siya na pinaarte ako ni direk Rahyan sa isa sa mga virtual workshop events niya. Grabe, hands down sa team dahil nagawa nilang patagusin ang emotions kahit na wala sa harapan mo yung ka-eksena mo. Possible pala. And ang galing ng Star Magic workshops for having that system. Ang galing,” he said.

Despite having numerous projects on television and in film under his belt as well as distinguished acting awards like winning Best Leading Actor at the Hanoi International Film Festival for the movie Signal Rock in 2018 and a  Best Supporting Actor Award at the Gawad Urian Awards for his impressive portrayal of a trans woman in the film Die Beautiful, Christian stressed the importance of why continually attending workshops is important to him as an actor. 

“There’s one thing na na-impart sa akin ni direk Rahyan na hindi ko maalis sa akin and never kong aalisin sa akin yung sinabi niya ‘Acting is just a lifestyle of learning’ at yung ‘You’re just as good as your last work.’ For me it’s very true as an actor. I can impart my knowledge sa acting, my process as an actor, but I can never stop learning. Kasi once na tinigil ko yung pagtanggap ng bagong learnings, everyday may na-di-discover ka sa sarili mo eh, at yun ang turo ng workshop. To help you be grounded kumbaga. 

“In layman’s terms, tutulungan ka ng workshop na panatilihing nakatapak ang mga paa mo sa lupa na makaramdam ng mga bagay bagay.’Yan ang kailangan naming mga actors eh. Once na kami mismo ang lumayo dun sa learnings, eh end na namin yun. Kumbaga katapusan na namin yun, hindi na kami makakapagbigay ng truth dun sa aming ginagawa,” he added.

Learn more about Star Magic Online Workshops by going to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Starmagicworkshops or on their Instagram account: @abscbnstarmagicworkshops. Click the google document link attached in the post and fill up the information as needed. Wait for the email indicating your scheduled date of orientation. After the orientation, you will be given instructions on how to pay your workshop fee. You can also email starmagicworkshops@abs-cbn.com
or text or call  +639493975417.