Lea Salonga laments lack of professionalism of some artists

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Lea Salonga has one wish for the entertainment industry: "I wish that artists weren't coddled, catered to, or indulged as if they were God's gift to mankind."


Lea Salonga hit at the lack of professionalism of artists and performers, but did not name them. 

The internationally renowned Broadway performer also decried the way producers and studio heads have indulged these artists.

In her Facebook post, Lea made this wish for the entertainment industry: "I wish that artists weren't coddled, catered to, or indulged as if they were God's gift to mankind."

According to the collinsdictionary, to coddle someone means to treat them too kindly or protect them too much. Coddling someone is giving them more affection and attention than are necessary.

Lea, who is the first Asian woman to win a Tony Award, also hoped that changes could be made in the showbiz industry to make it more like the world of theater.

She wrote: "Is it possible to nurture artists in the way that the theater companies have, where everyone is treated equally and is expected to work hard, where the artists' whims aren't indulged?"

The Coach of The Voice Teens disclosed that her lengthy Facebook post was triggered after a talk with friends from the theater world who watched Kinky Boots topbilled by Nyoy Volante.

Here is the full Facebook post of Lea Salonga:

"Had brunch with a bunch of fantastic friends... watched Kinky Boots for the third time (how on earth does Nyoy keep getting better??? Mikkie, can you explain please??? And the Angels... again, KENAT), then had dinner with members of my Atlantis family. And of course by the end of the evening, everyone let loose and crazy, helped along by a bit of red and white wine.

"We talked about people that weren't present (sige, sana mapraning kayong lahat), those we wished were there, and those we wish to never ever see or work with again. Yes, our passions do run fiery and hot.

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"This was a gathering of theater people. Some of the most disciplined, hardworking, perfectionist, obsessive to a fault, passionate, singleminded and committed people you will ever meet.

"These are people I have worked with, hope to work with, and/or wish to work with again. There were no divas with attitudes.

"These people will not make you wait because they're having 'personal problems.' E ano ngayon? Break up kayo ng BF mo? May problema kayo ng asawa mo? We commiserate, truly, but you have a song to sing right effing now. And that audience and your colleagues will not wait for you, and how inconsiderate you are to even think that they will.

"Yep, there are artists whose reputations precede them. Sometimes, those reps are stellar. At others, there are groans followed by exasperated sighs. I wish that wasn't the case. I wish that there weren't artists that make what seems like the entire solar system wait while they sort themselves out.

"I wish that artists weren't coddled, catered to, or indulged as if they were God's gift to mankind (sa totoo lang, we're not... we're talented, but please, we're human beings first na puwedeng lumaki ang ulo pag sobrang inuto). I wish that, once the bell rang that it's time to return to the set, no questions asked, you get your ass to where it needs to be.

"To the industry professionals that happen to pay my page a visit (actors, producers, studio heads, etc.), can this culture of coddling change?

"Is it possible to nurture artists in the way that the theater companies have, where everyone is treated equally and is expected to work hard, where the artists' whims aren't indulged? Or do I just have my head in the clouds and am wishing for the impossible?"



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