Editor's Note: The son of showbiz personalities Angel Jones and Boom Labrusca, Tony Labrusca is fast becoming a staple in Philippines media. Here, Tony talks about his career beginnings and how he sees his newfound fame.
Show business was the only thing that I really knew because of my parents. I remember growing up and they were in this band, they were always filming music videos, and we were always at the recording studio. Growing up, I was never really in an environment that was about school and being a doctor or lawyer: that was all pretty foreign.
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In Canada, when you’re in grade 10, you should already be taking courses that will help you get the credits so that you can get into the college or university that you want for the career that you want. If you want to be a doctor, you should be taking these perquisites already. I was already in high school and the other kids were preparing for college. For me, I was in grade 12 and I realized that I really didn’t plan my life out. I was thinking about what I want do and I really didn’t want to be a doctor, or a nurse. It was pretty jumbled up to me because subconsciously, being in show business is all I’ve ever known.
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I stumbled on my career on a whim, honestly. My trip here to the Philippines was more of a soul-searching type of thing. I did nothing but play videogames while I was here. Two months went by, I ran out of money. The first commercial I auditioned for was McDonald’s. I was lucky enough get it and right after McDonald’s, I did a Safeguard commercial which also went kinda viral, and then, I did Pinoy Boy Band. After those, things never stopped. My life flashed by and the past two years went by so quickly.
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Glorious was the real rocket launcher for me; it really sent my career soaring. After it came out, I gained close to 300,000 followers overnight just like that! It was insane: there were so many offers and endorsements! We’ve been getting a lot of offers so hopefully I can start some of those soon. I’ve finished Septic Tank and I’m finishing up my movie with Jason Paul. I’m also planning to do a movie soon. I think things are really going to come in after doing Mea Culpa. That teleserye will mean so much exposure.
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I really don’t live my life as a celebrity. For now, my goal is to set myself up this year so that I’m secured for next year. Currently, I’m in a very interesting spot because I’m not yet an A-list celebrity, but I’m also not a nobody. You know what I mean? To put it into perspective, if I look at showbiz as my life trajectory, I’d be in the puberty stage right now. I see my life now as a coming-of-age period, a rite of passage, if you will. I’m at a stage where I feel that I have to prove myself as an artist.
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