Like many well-known Gen Z celebrities today, Miles Ocampo joined the showbiz industry at a young age. She’s gained a loyal fanbase and a wide range of acting credits since she became a child star at 12 years old, but she still had to deal with moments of self-doubt every now and then.
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“Habang lumalalaki ka siyempre, ang goal mo, gusto kong sumikat—’yung sikat na sikat,” Miles revealed in an interview with Bernadette Sembrano. “The typical artista na pinagkakaguluhan. Tapos dumating ako sa point na [naiisip ko], ‘May mangyayari pa ba sa’kin?’”
Miles then admitted that she used to compare herself to fellow child stars like Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes, who were arguably more popular than her at the time. ICYDK, these three ladies were all Goin’ Bulilit castmates ~back in the day.~
“Sina Kath and Ate Julia ‘yung parang first sa batch namin na talagang sikat na sikat after Mara Clara. Tapos ‘yun ‘yung andoon na ako sa awkward stage ko na, ‘Shucks, gusto ko rin ng ganoon,” she confessed. “Pa-ulit-ulit ko naman sinasabi, hindi ko i-de-deny na dumating sa, ‘Sana ako rin.’”
Fortunately, Miles eventually realized that career progression varies for every person. She explained, “Pero wala eh, ma-re-realize mo na sa industry natin, hindi na sa’yo ang spotlight all the time. Lagi kong iniisip na baka hindi ko talaga time, hindi talaga.”
“So once na may project na binigay sa’yo or may work na binigay sa’yo, then that’s your time to shine. That’s your time na galingan mo, na ibigay mo ‘yung best mo,” she added. “Hindi mo alam kung sino makakanood noon so itotodo mo siya.”
Miles also shared that being a celebrity isn’t just about fame, but rather staying consistent: “Tapos na-realize ko na ‘pag tiningnan mo ‘yung bigger picture ng pagiging artista, hindi naman siya pasikatan. Hindi naman siya pinakatinitilian.”
“Longevity nalang ako talaga, ‘yung kalma ka lang, steady ka lang, tapos kapag may work, doon mo ibibigay ‘yung best mo. Kasi doon ko na-realize na any time pwede kang palitan,” she concluded.
You can watch Miles’ full interview here: