Isang taong nabakante sa paggawa ng teleserye si Lauren Young.
Ang Marimar, na pinagbidahan ng kanyang kapatid na si Megan Young, ang pinakahuli niyang regular show sa GMA-7.
Umere ito mula August 2015 hanggang January 2016.
Sa negosyo raw nag-concentrate si Lauren habang walang show.
NEW BUSINESS VENTURE. Kuwento niya, “Me and my friends, we started a production house.
"It’s called Stronghold MNL, so we’ve been producing content for digital campaigns, websites, photography and graphics.
"So more on BTS [behind the scenes] work yung ginawa ko, production.”
Bakit iyon ang naisipan niyang pasukin?
Lahad niya, “I guess, at that time kasi when we started, wala pang show.
“So I’m like, 'Okay, I might as well do something else habang nag-aantay ako.'”
PASSION FOR CREATIVITY. Ang ibang artista, kadalasan ay restaurant o damit ang ninenegosyo.
Bakit sa ganoong field pumasok si Lauren?
Pag-aanalisa niya, “Because I think it was... nakuha ko siya because I went to CSB [College of St. Benilde], which is known for being a film school.
"And I had a lot of friends who were taking up Film and I was doing films as well, so that was a huge influence.
“Going to CSB and seeing how creative these young students are.
“And I decided, since my friends they were starting it and they invited me.
“And I was like, ‘Okay, why not?’
“I mean this is something I’m passionate about—I love telling stories, I love producing content, and it would be something that’s nice because it’s not super-far off sa ginagawa ko which is acting.
“It’s just a different angle.
“I mean, I had knowledge about it already and I wanted to learn more.
“So by doing this, it was somewhat different, but still kind of safe pa rin.
“And it just so happened na for that year, you know, I enjoyed it so much.
“At the same time, wala pa namang show, di ba?
"It’s nice to keep myself busy.”
Pero ang college course daw ni Lauren ay Culinary Arts sa CSB at dalawang taon pa bago siya maka-graduate.
Nagkataon daw na habang nag-aaral siya ay nagkaroon siya ng mga kaibigan na Film or Art courses ang kinukuha.
Balik-tanaw niya, “May mga contests kasi sa Benilde like you can direct plays, submit short films, so iyon yung extra-curricular activities ko.
“I would make plays with my friends that were being staged sa school namin.”
LEARNING BY OBSERVING. Wala raw siyang formal training sa ginagawa niya sa production house nila.
Innate talent ba niya iyon?
Ayon kay Lauren, “It’s not somewhat talent but it’s more on observation.
"Because pag nasa set ako [kapag may taping ng teleserye], hindi naman ako nagkukulong sa set like most artistas.
“I’d go on set and I would watch them set up.
“I’m a very curious person kasi, so ang dami kong tanong lagi.
“And also, sometimes I would apprentice with Direk Mike Alcazaren, my director of my indie film Puti with Jasmine [Curtis].
“He does a lot of commercial shoots as well.
“Sometimes I would drop by, manonood lang ako and then he would teach me how to set-up, how to direct, bakit ganito yung mga nangyayari.
“I once went to one of Bea Alonzo’s commercial shoots before, si Direk Mike ang director, I was just there watching, observing and asking questions.
“I just love learning and I constantly want to develop my skills, and have a business at the same time.”
BACK TO TV WORK. Kahit ngayong abala na si Lauren sa Legally Blind drama series niya with GMA-7, hindi raw niya pababayaan ang kanilang negosyo.
“I talked to my partners, I was like, ‘You know, ito talaga yung kabuhayan ko, acting.
“So I really have to focus on this.’
“And once ma-settle in ako, it’s something that I will do simultaneously,” pagmamalaki niya.
Babalikan pa rin daw ni Lauren ang kanyang culinary course.
“Siguro right now, it’s just not something that I can do, but I still wanna do it.
“Siguro in the future, pag puwede na, pag may oras pa.
"Mahal mag-Culinary, kailangan kong mag-ipon muna,” at tumawa si Lauren.
CONTRACT RENEWAL. Kaka-renew lang ni Lauren ng isa muling three-year contract sa GMA Network.
Formerly a talent of ABS-CBN, ngayon ay ika-apat na taon na ni Lauren sa GMA.
“The work is consistent!
“You know, I will never, ever say anything bad about ABS-CBN because that was my first home and that’s where I learned how to act and learned how to do everything that I know now.
“But I guess it’s just… I feel like this is where [GMA] I need to be right now and this is where I’m comfortable right now.
"And I just really enjoy it here,” pagpapasalamat niya.
Sa Legally Blind ay gumaganap si Lauren bilang si Charie Evangelista na kapatid ng bidang si Janine Gutierrez bilang si Grace Evangelista.
Nasa Legally Blind bilang leading man ni Janine si Mikael Daez (bilang Edward Villareal), at sina Chanda Romero (as Marissa Evangelista), Therese Malvar (as Nina Evangelista], Marc Abaya (bilang William Villareal), Rodjun Cruz (bilang Joel Apostol), Lucho Ayala (bilang John Castillo), Ashley Rivera (bilang Diana Perez), at Camille Torres (bilang Elizabeth Guevarra).
Ang Legally Blind ay sa direksyon ni Ricky Davao.