For actor Gerald Anderson, his biggest competitor is not a colleague or another actor, but himself.
Anderson was asked about his views on competition after he inked another contract for Star Magic last Wednesday, Feb. 23.
“Personally… I am a very competitive person,” he noted. “Kaya rin ako nagtagal ng 16 years sa industriya na ito is because of that trait na ‘yan, pagiging competitive.” (That’s also why I have lasted 16 years in the industry; it’s because of that trait of mine, being competitive.)
Even when the question was asked, Anderson said he already thought about it.
“Bago muna ‘yung tanong, naisip ko na ‘yan kanina especially kami dito sa likod. Sa kokonti lang na shows na naipapalabas o nabibigay sa loob ng isang taon, ang dami naming mga artista,” he added. “We’re all fighting for roles, for shows. Competitive kami sa isa’t isa.”
(Even before the question was asked, I already thought about that, us here in the back. There are only a few shows released or created in a year, and there are a lot of us actors… We are competitive towards each other.)
Anderson stressed that he and his fellow actors are all “in a very competitive industry.” He also shared that just before the contract signing, he was talking to fellow Star Magic artists who also renewed their contracts. They asked about what’s new in each other’s lives while also taking note that they all started at just about the same time in the industry.
“Si Jake, sa first show ko siya ang kuya ko doon, si Zanjoe, si Sam. Kami, nagsimula kami sa PBB and we have the younger version namin na boyfriend material na si Ronnie,” he said.
(Jake Cuenca was my elder brother in my very first show. There’s Zanjoe Marudo and Sam Milby. We started in “Pinoy Big Brother” and we had our younger version who was boyfriend material in the person of Ronnie Alonte.)
“Again, ang biggest competitor mo is ‘yung sarili mo talaga,” he stressed. “Isa sa pinakanatutunan ko over the years is ‘yung sarili mo talaga ‘yung biggest competitor mo.” he added.
(Again, your biggest competitor is really yourself. That’s one of the biggest lessons I learned over the years, that your self is your biggest competitor.)
Meanwhile, he promises fans that they can look forward to more and better shows from him and his fellow Kapamilya stars.
“Ngayon pa lang, eto ang pinagdadaanan namin, pero mas gumanda pa ‘yung content namin para sa inyo,” he said. (Despite what we are going through now, we are even able to give you better shows.)
“Just imagine when we come back stronger,” Anderson added. JB