Asia’s pop heartthrob Darren Espanto is back in the country and gearing up for his digital concert Darren Home Run: The Comeback Concert this coming June 19. In a recent interview with Monster RX93.1, the actor and singer, who just turned 20 last May, shared lessons from working seven years in the showbiz industry.
“Be yourself and be unique,” he said, crediting part of his success to authenticity. He also told his supporters to believe in their dreams. Darren, who placed second to Lyca Gairanod in The Voice Kids, said that after the show aired he just planned to go home and continue his life in Canada. “But that’s not how it went,” Darren said, adding that he felt grateful and blessed to still be doing what he loves seven years after.
Darren also said there is a learning curve in the industry. “There are some decisions that you may sometimes regret doing,” but in the long run, you will learn from it, he said. Both him and his family, Darren added, are still “figuring out” and “adjusting” to showbiz. Nevertheless, Darren is thankful for his parents’ unwavering support in this “unpredictable” industry. He also expressed his appreciation and gratitude toward the “Darrenatics” for their continued support, emphasizing that he would not have survived this industry without his fans. According to Darren, as a 13-year old, moving to another country without his parents was a massive change, his supporters were a huge help in this transition.
The singer-actor also shared how he sees himself 10 years from now. “Sana (Hopefully) I’m still doing what I love which is performing and making music and all that and hopefully by then I’ve released a few international singles and I’ve gotten a few international recognitions na rin (as well) hopefully. Libre lang naman mangarap (It's free to dream)." Regarding his personal life, he said, "Maybe I’ll be married, you know we never know. 30 is a weird age. Some people are married, some people are having kids, some people are enjoying their single life. So you never know what the future holds. Siguro (Perhaps) by then I may not just have a girlfriend, maybe fiancée ko na siya or maybe single pa rin ako (maybe she is my fiancée or maybe I'm still single),” Darren said.
But for now, Darren's main focus is his career. His concert Darren Home Run: The Comeback Concert will air on June 19 at 8 pm Manila time with a special run on June 20. Tickets are available at KTX.ph, iWant TFC, and TFC IPTV.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. The views expressed are her own.
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