July 18 2018
Acclaimed international acting coach Anthony Vincent Bova returns to the Philippines to provide a new round of workshops for Kapuso talents.
Anthony attends a media conference on July 17 at the GMA Network Center to talk about the 'Empowerment' training that he will conduct with his co-teacher and actress Anna Feleo.
HAPPENING NOW: Media conference of international acting coach Anthony Vincent Bova with his co-teacher Anna Feleo. Also present this afternoon are Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, and GMA Artist Center stars Benjamin Alves, Andrea Torres, Chynna Ortaleza, Thea Tolentino, Gil Cuerva, and Mikoy Morales. #BovaMediacon
While there, a member of the press asked the New York-based acting coach what he thinks are the strengths of local actors and actresses as opposed to those living in the United States.
"Actors here are extremely connected. You can't effectively do this work if you're not connected emotionally. Actors here are very grounded. And what they have going for them, which is a huge thing, for the most part, their ego is not in the way of their work. Many times, especially the higher status actors that are insecure back in the States, I gotta try to get over their ego just to get to them. I don't have that issue here, I could just work."
But Anthony also pointed out a critical weakness he noticed that Filipino actors possess.
According to him, "The weakness part is this, the actors here are beautiful, humble, and so respectful, they are. But there's a fine line between being humble and small. I believe I'm humble but I don't necessarily believe I'm small. People tend to think that if they're small, 'I'm being humble.' No, you gotta take your space. Being humble to me has to do with the level of gratitude and respect and not being so assuming and not having an entitled attitude."
Lastly, Anthony shared his method on how he plans to remove their self-doubts and transform them into more efficient actors.
"Well number one is to have the awareness, because without the awareness, you don't know. You're just going about how you think, how you talk. After we have the awareness, I go through a subset of exercises in role play. Then I give them empowerment exercises. When they do that, at first they don't like it. They feel like it's rude, if you get used to being subservient you might as well get used to the opposite. Once they get used to the opposite they realize that the truth is in the middle. You can just simply be. You don't have to overact [or] underact, you could just exist in your power, in who you are," he said.