MANILA – At 44, “Your Face Sounds Familiar” contestant Eric Nicolas never expected to still be given a break in showbiz.
Before joining the ABS-CBN show, Nicolas worked as an audience jester for various Kapamilya shows. He was also once a member of a dance group and worked as a stand-up comedian.
Nicolas also worked on several Japanese shows aired in the country in the 1990s as an animator. These shows included seminal favorites such as "Slam Dunk," "Sailor Moon," and "Dragon Ball Z."
In an interview on “Kris TV” on Wednesday, Nicolas said he was already content working behind the cameras.
“Actually sa akin naman, kumbaga ine-enjoy ko 'yung trabaho ko sa ABS. Ginagawa kong TV 'yung audience ko sa studio. Masaya po ako kapag nagpapatawa ako ng tao. Hindi ko ine-expect na makakarating ako sa ganito talaga. Kasi 44 years old na ako. Hindi ko ine-expect ito,” he said.
Here's a piece of trivia: it was Nicolas who helped Pokwang when she first entered showbiz.
“Nagkaroon kasi ng contest na ‘Clown in a Million’ sa ABS-CBN. 'Yung researcher nagpunta sa mga comedy bars tapos nakita po ako. Sumali ako pero hindi po ako pinalad. Nung naghanap ng babae, nakita ko si Pokwang, binigay ko 'yung number niya tapos siya 'yung pinapunta ko doon,” he said.
Although it took him many years, Nicolas said he is grateful for all the showbiz opportunities being given to him, especially "Your Face Sounds Familiar."
"Kinabahan po talaga ako kasi sanay lang po talaga ako sa likod ng camera. Alam po ng karamihan na pagdating sa harap ng camera, kabado po ako," he admitted in a previous interview. "Pero noong nalaman ko po na pumasa ako sa audition, hinanda ko na po talaga 'yung sarili ko."