MANILA – Yam Concepcion considers being cast as Jade in the ABS-CBN series “Halik” as a turning point in her career as an actress.
In an interview with Ruffa Gutierrez for “Love Thy Chika,” Concepcion opened up about her humble beginnings before she landing the role that changed her life forever.
Concepcion actually started in the music industry as part of a band.
“Yung guitarist namin umalis na sa banda namin. Tapos si Monty Macalino, vocalist of Mayonnaise, he joined our band. So naging four-piece band kami. Tapos sabi ni Monty, ‘Meron akong single. Gusto mo bang maging leading lady ko doon for a music video?’ Sabi ko, ‘O sige why not wala naman akong ginagawa,’” she began.
“Nag-star ako sa music video nila na ‘Sinungaling.’ Doon ako na-discover. Na-discover ako ni Claire dela Fuente sa music video. She connected me to Viva,” she added.
At that time, Concepcion said Viva introduced her as a sexy actress and she was aware of what people were saying about her.
“Lahat ng roles na nakukuha ko puro pa-sexy so automatically 'yung impression doon, ‘Sino naman itong sexy starlet na ito? Masyadong naghahanap ng attention para lang makapasok sa industriya.’ Ganun 'yung parang impression nila,” she said.
Concepcion said it took a while before her dramatic chops got recognized.
“It wasn’t overnight kasi ang dami ko ring pinagdaanan until nakuha ko 'yung role sa ‘Halik.’ That’s why I am very grateful and I feel like everything happens for a reason,” she said.
“Talagang little by little mararamdaman mo. Mas mafi-feel mo 'yung mga wins kapag na-experience mo 'yung pinakamababa hanggang sa you work your way up. Mas ma-aappreciate mo 'yung trabaho,” she added.
To date, Concepcion said her most unforgettable showbiz experience was when she became part of “Halik” because that’s how she got her first award as an actress.