Thursday, 1 November 2012
By Allan Policarpio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
October 31, 2012 | 7:52 pm
Sam Milby admits that he never had to audition for roles after getting the boot in “Pinoy Big Brother” seven years ago. Films, TV shows, albums—they were all pretty much handed to him on a silver platter.
Thus, after three and a half months of hopping from one TV network to another in New York City, in pursuit of an international career, Sam returned last May with a newfound respect for actors in the United States who submit themselves to grueling auditions.
“Here, you don’t need to audition if you already have a name,” Sam said at his recent launch as the endorser of Diana Stalder skincare center by Dermaline. “I was spoon-fed, and everything happened quickly. I was very lucky and blessed that I didn’t have to go through much hardship. In the United States, even big stars still try out for roles.”
He added that the US experience had boosted his confidence and fueled his drive. “The competition is tough out there, but the process is fair. There’s a lot of gifted artists in the country, but they’re not given the chance to show their skills.”
In the Big Apple, Sam auditioned for pilot TV shows of top networks CW, ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO and Fox. And while he didn’t snag any roles, Sam was optimistic that he left a good impression.
He said: “One of my aims was to meet casting directors and establish relationships with them. I got some very nice feedback from some networks. I think it was just a matter of finding a role that would suit me.”
Sam noted that racial diversity in American show biz is growing. “That’s why now is the best time for me to go out there.”Sam noted that racial diversity in American show biz is growing. “That’s why now is the best time for me to go out there.”..