Jess Kendrick Kun Ibasco aka Kendick Ibasco in the world of Philippine Theater scene, he was part of the recently concluded run of Disney’s Newsies by 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live. This guy is starting to make himself known as a real triple threat in the industry. Whenever he is not on stage performing, you can see him at parties and events as a master of ceremonies.
In this Psst.Ph Part of the Story Series,Jess Kendrick Kun Ibasco talks to us about his career in Philippine Theater and his experience in the industry.
Full Name and Alias: Jess Kendrick Kun Ibasco / Kendrick
Education: BS MassCom graduate at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
Tell me something about yourself that people don’t know:
That I may be noisy and loud during rehearsals or with people but at home I want some peace and silence. Haha . and that I also like doing straight plays but I never had the chance to do it professionally yet.
What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview?
I just got home from hosting a party, so im trying to relax a bit. Im also happy to be doing this interview and pretty excited about your next questions
When did you first know you wanted to become an stage actor?
I honestly can’t remember when exactly but i had my first theater show when i was a teenager. After that i did a few shows for my church. Then i found myself wishing that i could just do this over and over again. Grateful that after how many years i still get to do what i love most, performing.
What was the first show you ever did? And hows the experience?
The first show I ever did was called base six of life. It was a tradition in our school for graduating high school students to mount a production. I auditioned because it was required and luckily got one of the lead parts in the show. It was very difficult because I had no idea about theater at the time but I enjoyed it very much.
What has been your favorite role so far?
I have done several roles in my short time in theater but I think I have two favorites so far. One is doing Oscar Delancey for Disney’s Newsies and the other I did when I was still in church. It was a story about Job called from Out of the Whirlwind. I played satan (lol) who taunted Job and went back and forth with God. And now I noticed I like my villain roles.
Have you ever played someone of the opposite gender? (If not do you want to try it?) What was that like?
I don’t think I have but I have played a gay role before and it was really fun. I actually don’t have any problem doing such roles again. And if you will just look at some of our newsies photos you’ll see me wearing a Madonna inspired costume for our warm up costume contest, that made me win best costume that day. haha
What show/shows are you currently working on?
We just closed Newsies this past week which is really sad, but right now I will be doing a show for Treehouse Theater Company called Anabelle then go straight into Christmas Carol once again.
Have you ever forgotten your lines, or a prop, or choreography during a performance? What happened?
I’m sure I have but I can’t remember an instance where I did but what I do remember is the feeling of when it happens. One example is this scene in A Christmas Carol when a kid was supposed to be in the scene with 3 other kids but one forgot to enter. So as I was saying my line to each of them and giving them coins, I noticed that one kid was missing and suddenly time feels like it slows down and I have time to look at the kids, realize what was going on, panic for a bit, think of a solution and then say my line. All this happened in a second.
What is something that you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out as an actor?
What I know now is that as long as you work hard and stay true to your craft no matter who or what puts you down, the universe will still reward you no matter what. I also wish I was more patient before and wasn’t rushing into things.
Besides acting, what other training have you had (voice, dance, stage combat, etc.)?
Well I just finished with training ground where we did jazz, ballet, tap, hiphop, gymnastics, acting and voice as well. I definetely improved a lot as an artist after that. I am also a part time mad scientist where I do science shows to schools and also an events host as well.
How do they memorize alot of lines?
Usually, I read the script once and then try to understand the whole thing over and over. I don’t have a special technique in memorizing lines, because even way before, I was always good at memorizing stuff.
If you could choose, what three actors would you really want to work with?
There are a lot of actors whom I haven’t worked with and I’m sure they are all wonderful. What I can say instead are the three actors that I have enjoyed working with and have learned a lot at the same time. One is tito Miguel Faustman, Nyoy Volante and Liesel Batucan.
Why do you think theater is important?
Well, one is because this is where I make my living. Theater is important for me because it can be a medium for a lot of things, whether for entertainment, advocacy, escape from reality and a whole lot more. Also whenever someone has experienced theater for himself, he/she gets to know a lot about discipline, hard work, and team work that you can apply to everything in life.
Why do you think so many aspiring actors end up giving up on their dream?
Two things. Money and a lack of opportunity. Personally these are the two things that affect me as well that I was ready to give it all up last year.
What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on stage?
It is sort of funny now but when it happened my GULAY!! I randomly crossed the stage because I thought a panel upstage was closed. Apparently it wasn’t.
What are some of the greatest fears you think actors/actress face?
I don’t know about others but for me it’s not having a project and failing to deliver as an actor.
What do you need in order to become a successful actor?
Work smarter and harder.
What makes a good stage actor in your opinion?
For me a good stage actor is not only someone who is magnificent and compelling on stage but is also someone who is kind and generous off stage.
What is the most rewarding part of stage actor?
The genuine applause and smiles of the audience, the family you make during the process and learning something new each and every time.
What are the pros and cons of being a actor? Please be specific.
Get to be on an adventure
Open doors to new possibilities
Improve yourself as an individual
Sometimes share an unbreakable bond with people
Fulfill your dreams
Be someone else
Explore the wonders of life
I can go on and on but ill cut it here
The struggle is real
What goal are you working towards within your career and when will you know you have reached it?
I just want to be able to continue what I’m doing and just keep on working hard. I thought before that I have reached as far as I could that is why I was ready to quit but new doors have opened and I was shown that I could still reach new heights and that I can still continue on evolving. So, I don’t know when but ill be wherever destiny takes me.
What organizations do you belong to?
I can’t really say that I belong to a group because I’m a freelancer but I have been continuously doing shows for 9works Theatrical and I sure hope to do some more.
If you weren’t a stage actor or an artist, what would you
want to be? Why?
Since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to be lawyer. I wanted to protect and be able to fight for what is right.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to do what you do?
My advice is to never give up on your dream and believe in yourself. Be wise about your finances and be prepared for dry months. Learn from your mistakes and always be humble. Endure.
How do you see yourself 20 or 30 yrs from now?
I see myself owning my own business and hopefully still be doing theater.
What legacy you will leave on?
If ever I will be leaving any legacy at all in this industry I want it to be someone who shattered expectations and exceeded his limits.
Any final message? Its time to shine!!
Never give up. I said this to myself when I quit my day job. It is better to fail doing what you love than succeed in something you don’t.
Photos from the official facebook of Jess Kendrick Kun Ibasco