Young actor Marco Gumabao is making a name for himself in local Tinseltown. Starting out as a teen star seven years ago, the 24-year-old Marco, also known as one of the poster boys of a local fashion brand known for its endorsers who flaunt their enviable physique in underwear, now discovers his great passion for acting, especially in drama.
He hopes to do more projects that will showcase his acting skills like in Los Bastardos where he plays one of the main characters.
“I think I am at my best doing it. I hope they’d give me more projects that will allow me to explore my dramatic side,” Marco shared in an interview.
In September 2017, he left Star Magic, where he was a talent for six years, and signed up with Viva Artist Agency. It was a decision some people thought would not be beneficial to this career that was taking flight then. But time tells us it’s otherwise.
With Viva, people started noticing Marco again. He’s no longer the hot guy playing support roles. In 2018 alone, he’s starred in three notable movies namely the Metro Manila Film Festival entry Aurora opposite Anne Curtis, Para Sa Broken Hearted and Abay Babes. And this year, he’s part of two films including the Nadine Lustre starrer, Ulan.
“I think it was a good career decision. I owe a lot to Star Magic because I was with them for six years. Something happened to my career but it was not the pace I really wanted. So, when I told them that I wanted to do more, they let me go,” he expressed.
He further said that he wanted to explore and get a harder push on his acting career. And he made a conscious decision to transfer management where there is less competition.
“I couldn’t blame Star Magic if they were not able to give me more projects because there are so many talents who are also waiting for assignments,” the actor said.
Although he was certain on what he wanted to do with his showbiz career, he still had a few doubts and initial fears, which he said was normal when you’re already part of established talent management linked to a big network.
“I was hesitant to leave at first. But I have to try new things, and moving to a different management was a logical decision,” he added and assured that there was no any bad blood between him and his former management.
At the moment, Marco is content with his progress as he takes things in small chunks.
“I am where I really wanted to be. I don’t want to have that sudden rise, yung overnight kang sisikat. I believe in the step-by-step process. Kasi mahirap if from one step, mag-jump ka nang sobrang laki, baka mabigla ka, baka hindi ka ready sa ibibigay sa ‘yo. Now, I’m happy sa pace na tinatakbo ng career ko. And I pray na sana magtuluy-tuloy,” he ended.