Mark Bryan Gervero also known as Yan-yan Gervero is one of the pillars in Theater In Alternative Platforms, he is the one who performed the famous monologue of “Ang Huling Tagay na Ilalaklak Ko Para Sa’yo” which is written by the founder of Ampalaya Monologue Mark Ghosn
In this Psst.Ph Part of the Story Series, Mark Bryan Gervero talks to us about his career in Ampalaya Monologue and his experience in the industry.
Full Name and Alias: Yan-yan Lopez Gervero
Location: Alabang, Muntinlupa.
Education: AB Mass Communication.
Tell me something about yourself that people don’t know:
I’m a graphic designer by profession.
What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview?
When did you first know you wanted to become an stage actor?
Back when I was in high school when I joined the Acting Club.
What was the first show you ever did?
Unang Aswang by Rody Vera, played the role of Aso.
And hows the experience?
It was exhausting but exciting and fulfilling too. I remember I had an injury before the show and I was in crutches but the show must go on!
What has been your favorite role so far?
The Character of Bryan in Ang Huling Laklak na Itatagay Ko Para Sa’yo. It is a monologue written by my friend Mark Ghosn for Ampalaya Monologues.
Have you ever played someone of the opposite gender?
(If not do you want to try it?) Not yet but I’m good with the idea.
What show/shows are you currently working on?
New monologue for Ampalaya Monologues’ Valentine Show and a new stage play for Theater in Alternative Platforms this June.
Have you ever forgotten your lines, or a prop, or choreography during a performance? Forgotten a line, yes.
What happened? Adlib! lol
What is something that you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out as an actor? That an actor should really research about characterization.
Besides acting, what other training have you had (voice, dance, stage combat, etc.)? None but I sing and dance in the shower. lol
How do you memorize a lot of lines? I usually memorize my script during the wee hours of the day. It is really effective.
If you could choose, who three actors would you really want to work with?
Ms Eugene Domingo, Irma Adlawan and Kim Molina.
Why do you think theater is important? Theatre is important because it gives me the opportunity to step into another person’s life and feel their emotions and go through their journeys as a human being.
Why do you think so many aspiring actors end up giving up on their dream? No opportunity and lack of support from family and friends.
What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on stage? Everytime I forgot my lines.
What are some of the greatest fears you think actors/actress face?
Boundless rejection: not being good enough, beautiful enough, talented enough.
What do you need in order to become a successful actor?
To be a successful actor you must overcome your fears.
What makes a good stage actor in your opinion?
Discipline and character building.
What is the most rewarding part of stage actor?
Moving an audience to tears or to laughter, depending on the situation and getting the instant gratification of applause and standing ovations from a live audience.
What are the pros and cons of being a actor? Please be specific.
PROS: Instant fame and scope of displaying one’s talent and creativity.
CONS: Hectic and tiring schedule and one has to be extremely talented to survive in the competitive market.
What goal are you working towards within your career and when will you know you have reached it?
To perform with my idols, I will know if I already have “selfies” with them on my phone.
What organizations do you belong to?
Theater In Alternative Platforms
If you weren’t a stage actor or an artist, what would you want to be? Why?
I think I’ll work in an ad agency to have an outlet for my creativity.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to do what you do?
Never give up!
How do you see yourself 20 or 30 yrs from now?
What legacy you will leave on?
I can’t answer that now, will get back to you! haha