The Brutal Truth

Currently Listening to: Hozier – Take Me to Church

Here’s an honest entry. I’m going to be a little vulnerable here and open up. I have been lazy. The thought of updating my site was such an overwhelming feeling that I felt discouraged every time I thought about it. It wasn’t until I finally decided to put my foot down and updated EVERYTHING I’ve done in the past couple years. What have I been up to? Well, I moved to Hong Kong for a year since I was discouraged by the lack of work in Canada. I also came back several months ago because I realized Hong Kong wasn’t for me anymore. Passion killing in some sense. It’s been reinvigorated lately due to pilot season! It’s funny how things work. It was the moment I decided to finally update my website that jump started everything. I became proactive and in doing so, not only did I update my website, I managed to edit my own demo reel. I then proceeded to have my business cards designed and printed off. I started nailing my auditions. I’ve even set up a couple meetings that could possibly take me on a new adventure. Had I not updated any of my work, these meetings would not have been possible. I am feeling way more confident about being an actor so long as I stay proactive. The problem, and here’s the part where I have to be brutally honest here, was me. I felt entitled. I felt that I was some hot shot coming out of acting school that deserved every part. When I didn’t get the part, I was offended and blamed others and not myself. These last couple years have been enlightening for me. I’m glad I made the trip to Hong Kong only to realize it wasn’t for me. Coming back was a choice. I was getting work but it wasn’t work I wanted to be doing my entire life. There’s a power in that. That I wanted to do it my way. I don’t know if it was the right decision but I’m going with my gut on this one.


Just Telling a Story…

Currently Listening to: Jay-Z – Tom Ford

The web series/feature I worked on back in Toronto is finally wrapping up it’s Toronto run tonight! Our mission statement? Telling a story. That’s it. It just so happens that the main cast is comprised of only Asian Canadians. Interested? Check out the interview with the director Andrew and his sister Melanie Chung chatting about Millions! Two weeks from now Millions will be making it’s online premier! I’ll post a link then!

CBC’s Our Toronto feature on Millions with Marivel Taruc


Being positive.

Currently Listening to: Foster the People – Houdini

It’s tough being an actor. Work is never guaranteed. Money could be tight. People often don’t take you seriously. So why pursue it right? Well…a simple answer would be that I rather be doing this than working in an office (I applaud people who can. It’s just not for me). What people often mistakenly do is assume that actors have it good and that we only work a couple days a month and that’s it. WRONG! We’re ALWAYS on the clock. The successful ones in my opinion.


Finally, an update!

Currently Listening to: Passion Pit – Constant Conversations

So I must apologize for the lack of blog entries. Work and life in general has been keeping me occupied for the past couple months.

So what has happened since my last entry? Well my good friend Sarah Lian scored a big role on the show XIII! The same show I’m starring in! She also booked a couple of other big roles for different shows so I’m really excited for her. She’s on fire!

As for me, I just had my season wrap for XIII. The writers have been very generous to me and have been trying to give me a bigger role in the series. I’m just happy to say that I have been a working actor for the past several months! I have no idea when the second season will be out but I’m really excited to see all that footage put together. I’ve heard that I should be back in season 3 so I’m crossing my fingers!

Here’s a picture of me in costume.


Respecting the Art

Currently Listening to: Foster the People – Ruby

So since my last update, I’ve shot another episode for XII and a commercial for a local college. I also became a full member of the actor’s union here in Toronto and today I have an audition for the SyFy show Alphas.

Looking back at my career, I wish I knew how to approach it the way I am now when I first started. I was so green and just didn’t know where to start. I figured if I just threw myself in the fire that things would eventually work out. Upon finishing high school I figured I didn’t want to waste time and wanted to start working as an actor. I ended up signing with an agency which I was not happy with and rarely had auditions, if not any. Wasted a couple years doing that.

I disrespected the craft. I admit it. I felt that I could just wing it in this industry and I had to learn it the hard way. I should’ve attended acting school then instead of thrusting myself out in the working field so early. Rushing my career without much planning set my plans back instead of pushing it forward. If I can go back in time, I’d tell the younger Hubert to go to school and learn the craft. Learn to respect it and that it’s no walk in the park because I feel I’m working harder at this career than any other job I’ve had in the past. But I work harder at this because I feel it’s worth it. I’m passionate about acting and everything acting related. So that’s what I would tell myself.

“Respect the art and work hard at improving your craft instead of settling.”

Anyways, my break is over and I gotta resume prepping for my audition now. Until next time.


Story of my life…

Currently listening to: Whitney Houston – How Will I Know

“Actors are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the Earth. They deal with more day-today rejection in 1 year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, actors face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get “real jobs,” and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day they have to ignore the possibility that the vision to which they have dedicated their lives is a pipe dream. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the cars, the family, the house, the nest egg.” But they stay true to their dream, in spite of sacrifices. Why? Because actors are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that line, that laugh, that gesture or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Actors are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another person’s heart. In that instant, they are as close to magic, God and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.” –David Ackert

***My friend took that picture as soon as I found out I was released from being on hold for a commercial. (Which means I was SO CLOSE to getting booked but didn’t)

Ah well…as they say. On to the next one.


Be yourself.

“When I look around, I always learn something. That is to be always yourself. And to express yourself. To have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee

This tribute to Bruce Lee is truly inspirational. His teaching transcends martial arts. I use his philosophy towards my craft.



TV-Movie Audition

Role calls for a computer wiz at a security operations centre. Wish me luck.