Noel Comia Jr., is one of the best theater child actor in this generation and aside from that, he’s one of the scholars of Kids Acts Philippines (KAPI), a prime children theater production in the Philippines. One of the unforgettable play of Noel Comia Jr. this 2017, is when he portrayed Basilio in Noli Me Tangere, The Opera under the production of CCP and J&S Productions.
Everyone in the audience gave him a standing ovation after the show. Aside from that, everyone giggled and approached him to take photos. No doubt, he was also recognized as one of the child wonder of the Philippine theater.
In this Psst.Ph Part of the Story Series,Noel Comia Jr talks to us about his career in theater world and his experience in the industry.
Full Name and Alias: Noel Marasigan Comia Jr. / Noel Comia Jr
Location: Makati City
Age: 12 years old
Education: Graduated from Grade 6
Tell me about yourself that people don’t know: I love music and I can play different musical instruments like piano, keyboard, drums, harmonica, recorder, violin, ukulele and guitar. I learned playing these instruments without formal lessons.
What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview? Happy
When did you first know you wanted to become a stage actor? Wen I passed the audition for a scholarship in musical theater at Kids Acts Philippines (KAPI), I was 6 years old then.
What was the first show you ever did? And how’s the experience? My first show was Hansel and Gretel by KAPI. I was part of the ensemble and my role was a dwarf. I felt excited ‘coz it was my first show and it was wonderful! I immediately felt at home!
What has been your favorite role so far? My favorite role so far is Basilio. It was a short featured role in Noli Me Tangere: The Opera Manila, but I loved it.
Have you ever played someone of the opposite gender? (If not do you want to try it?) What was that like? Not yet, but it’s fine with me. I want to try anything.
What show/shows are you currently working on? I have theater shows coming up by June until December, but I can’t divulge any details yet.
Have you ever forgotten your lines, or a prop, or choreography during a performance? What happened? Yes, there was a play where I forgot my line. There were also times where my co-actors, during our scene, forgot their lines and I just did some adlibs. As an actor, we should always be ready for any situation so that the audience would not notice that there was something wrong.
What is something that you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out as an actor? None. I guess, I have the best training from KAPI. I learned almost everything about theater from them. When I started doing professional theater, I somehow already knew what to expect. Besides acting, what other training have you had (voice, dance, stage combat, etc.)? As a scholar in KAPI, aside from theater acting, we also have music theory, solfege and jazz (dance) lessons. I also attended hip hop dance lessons before. Right now, I do voice and piano lessons, also in KAPI.
How do you memorize a lot of lines? My parents always help me memorize my lines. They always tell me to be focused on what I am doing so that I could do it fast. I read the script a lot of times. Sometimes, I would record my lines so I could listen to it anytime. If you could choose, who are the three actors that you would really want to work with? I don’t have any other in my mind right now, but Lin-Manuel Miranda from Hamilton. He seems cool 😉
Why do you think theater is important? For me, theater is important because it can inspire people to do certain things.
Why do you think so many aspiring actors end up giving up on their dream? I think those aspiring actors who ended giving up on their dreams don’t have the right attitude and the right trainings, or maybe they don’t have the passion on what they are doing.
What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on stage? There was one time when I was rapping my song instead of singing it! But I was 7 years old at that time and it was my first recital so…. Yeah!
What are some of the greatest fears you think actors/actress face? When nobody believes in your talent or when no one gets your services anymore.
What do you need in order to become a successful actor? To become a successful actor, you should be professional at all times. Be focused, disciplined, have the right trainings and be passionate in what you are doing. My parents and theater mentors also told me to be always humble and to treat everyone nicely. Theater is just a small world and everyone knows everyone, so you shouldn’t burn bridges, but instead build one.
What makes a good stage actor in your opinion? For me, a good stage actor is someone who is a natural. One can be called a good stage actor if he can transport his audience to the very heart of the story and can make them feel that they are part of what is being told on stage. Someone who can convey the right messages across the audience. He is that someone who can educate and inspire other people to do what is right and good through his performance.
What is the most rewarding part of stage actor? Well, the applause of the audience is the most rewarding part for a stage actor. It means they are happy with what they experienced in the show. Getting rave reviews is also one.
What are the pros and cons of being an actor? Please be specific.
Pros: 1) Being an actor somehow helps you realize your dreams of becoming whoever and whatever you want to be. You can be a Disney prince, a doctor, priest, pilot or anything. There’s so much joy in playing different roles. 2) Most commercial and TV outfits nowadays get the services of theater actors, as they are easy to work with because of their discipline 3) You get paid for your talent 4) You get to meet lots of people who eventually become your friends and treat you like family.
Cons: 1) You will have a very limited time for yourself and family. Rehearsals can be 1 month and starts from 10 am to 5 pm, and can go beyond 10 pm during production week. You will have to miss family gatherings at certain point. 2) People will expect so much from you.
What goals are you working towards within your career and when will you know you have reached it? Right now, I think I am on the right track and my goals are slowly but surely coming true. I never dreamt of receiving an acting award before, but today, I already got 2 Best Child Performer awards from Aliw Awards Foundation. I am aiming to get another one this year. If that happens I will be elevated to the Hall of Fame.
What organizations do you belong to? I am a scholar of Kids Acts Philippines – a non-stock, non-profit Professional Theater Company that stages original and adapted youth and children’s plays. I am a MCA Music Inc.’s artist, as well.
If you weren’t a stage actor or an artist, what would you want to be? Why? If I am not a stage actor or artist, I want to be a pilot, animator or a scientist someday.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to do what you do? Just enjoy what you are doing. Theater, acting and singing are very tiring! If you’re not happy with it, you won’t last that long.
How do you see yourself 20 or 30 yrs from now? Hmmm, 20 or 30 years from now I would be 32 or 42 years old already. By then, I’m already enjoying myself as a family man and already a successful actor and a singer.
What legacy you will leave on? I’d like to be remembered as one of the best (child) actors the Philippine theater has ever produced and someone who was able to inspire a lot of kids/youths to do theater.
Any final message? It’s time to shine!! Hey guys, if you’re not sure of what to do with yourself, why not get involved in theater or performing arts. You’ll never know what it will bring you in the future. If you want to become successful in what you’re doing, you should always have passion for whatever that is. Love your craft and be professional! Don’t forget to have a sense of humor, too. And always give thanks to God for everything. Please check out my cover of Beauty and the Beast with Elha Nympha on You Tube and watch out for the release of my first single under MCA Music, Inc. very soon. Also, please check out my Social Media accounts – Official FB page: @NoelComiaOfficial; Twitter: @NMCJR_0529 and Instagram: @noelcomiajr
All photos of Noel Comia Jr grab from official facebook page.