One cannot be in show business forever, according to the veterans.
Newbie actors and actresses are always advised to save money or invest in something that can help them when stardom fades.
Take it from award-winning actress Lorna Tolentino who, last year, invested in a farm in General Aguinaldo, Cavite.
Although she is still an in-demand actress, Lorna thinks it’s important to have a different source of income.
She adds, “Para mayroon naman akong chance na mag-isip-isip kung gusto ko ang projects o hindi.
“Para meron naman akong kahit papaano, ‘O sige, okay lang kahit hindi muna.’
“Para hindi ako nagmamadali na ‘Uy, kailangan ko ng trabaho,’ at natetensyon ka. Mayroon kang fall back.”
The Valiente actress says she got the inspiration from fellow actress, Isabel Rivas, who has a farm in Zambales.
Lorna’s farm has 35,000 chicken. She also grows pineapple, tomatoes, bell pepper, mangoes, and the now popular dragon fruit.
NOT AN EASY BUSINESS. Since Lorna is new to farming, keeping a 4.6-hectare property productive is not easy.
The actress explains that she owns the land and she’s a contract grower.
She recalls losing money on her produce.
Lorna narrates, “Nag-contract grower kami ng kamatis at saka bell pepper. Sa kamatis, nabawi namin noong una. Sa bell pepper, natalo kami. Hindi naman sinabi sa amin, sa sobrang init, kumuluntoy, na-reject, ang dami tuloy nasira.”
There’s also a time when they were given seedlings of fungi-infected dragon fruit.
Because of these unfortunate incidents, the person managing her farm is learning farming.