ARTISTS PROFILE: MARK ABCEDE (ACTOR)

One day a friend sent me a 'craigslist' link where Paramount Pictures was looking for Filipino background performers for a feature film. I quickly applied and got an e-mail back the next day saying I was approved.

Photo by Darryl Lincoln Friday

Today we shine the spotlight on Actor Mark Abcede

WHAT WAS YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING AN ACTOR? WHERE DID IT BEGIN?
I wasn’t always dreaming of becoming an actor. I was into the visual arts. I found myself as early as 3 years old being able to draw very well. I wanted to either be an illustrator or an animator in my elementary years. After high school I graduated in a game development course and tried pursuing a career in the videogame industry. I had trouble finding work and things were not going as I hoped.

Then one day a friend sent me a ‘craigslist’ link where Paramount Pictures was looking for Filipino background performers for a feature film. I quickly applied and got an e-mail back the next day saying I was approved. I spent 9 days on set in Toronto and loved every bit of it. When I was done performing I went back to my normal day job and felt like I wanted more work like I had when I was on set. So I decided to take acting lessons to see if maybe there’s something for me in this industry. Maybe I’ll love this maybe I won’t, but I have to try. After my first class I wanted more. I didn’t just want more but I wanted as much as I could get and go as far as I possibly can.

I thought about it long and hard and I decided to move out to Toronto to pursue acting. Ever since that day I never stopped working for my dream on becoming a full time actor. I surprised myself to say the least. The journey is still going and I had some good days and quite a few bad ones but I decide to keep my head up and keep going.

WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?
I am most proud of a Christmas film called ‘A Christmas Village’ I was lucky to be part of. I am most proud of that project because I auditioned 2 short lines for the role but as the production kept rolling the director trusted me with more lines to say and gave me more performances to do. I’m thankful to say the least that I was trusted to get more than I was originally asked.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
When I wake up I’ll get some coffee before heading to my day job. After work I will either workout or read a book depending when my rest day is. I will then go and memorize lines for my acting class and if not an acting class I’ll try a new monologue. If I have time late a night I may play an online game with my friends.

IF YOU COULD TURN BACK TIME AND DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY, WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE?
If I could turn back time I would defiantly jump in the entertainment industry a lot earlier. Perhaps 12 or 13 years old. I would also enroll in martial art classes and stay a little longer as I would normally leave after 2 months or less in some martial art dojos. The martial art classes would prepare for me for action films and while I’m at it take some classes for fighting on camera. I love martial art movies and grew up watching a lot of them so if I had the chance to go back I would center my focus on action films.

WE ALL HAVE MENTORS. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE US THE HOPE, INSPIRATION, AND THE DRIVE TO KEEP GOING. IN THE INDUSTRY, WHO ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN YOUR MENTORS AND WHY?
There have been quite a few inspirational people in this industry to me. To name a couple I’ll start with the up-and-coming actor Chase Tang. He is not only a nice guy but extremely humble. He has taken quite a few bumps but that didn’t stop him from pursuing the acting career he always wanted. He is very knowledgeable about the industry and always willing to lend a helping hand especially for aspiring actors. He’s a very hard working individual and always keeps himself busy.

The next person I would call a mentor would be Thet Win. He is my acting coach and also a very humble hard working individual. He has a passion for the industry and takes time teaching multiple classes and also writes screenplays that he ends up filming. Very knowledgeable and sincere person and loves helping and uplifting his students. Also very hardworking individual as well.

MARK IS REPRESENTED BY:  Lisa Meuser РThe Meus Productions

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