Actress Dawn Zulueta admires how the younger generation of actors gives importance to their job.
During the press conference for her upcoming soap Walang Hanggan, Dawn relates that her attitude towards work used to be laid-back.
"I remember, during my time, I don't know about the others, but I wasn't that serious.
"You know, noong bata pa ako, 'Okay, I'm here.' It's fun but I wasn't really paying that much attention," she recalls.
The young celebrities of today, says Dawn, are more dedicated, "I've noticed na they pay special attention now to their craft.
"At their age, at the beginning of their career, they are already seriously contemplating that the track of their acting...and are going to live a lasting stay.
"I noticed now that they're more serious, and they seem to be better trained."
CHANGING PRIORITIES. But things began changing for the 42-year-old actress since she became a mom.
At present, "I'm very careful kasi with the project I choose. I don't accept everything," she says.
The primary reason: "My priority is my family."
Whenever she's offered a new project, time is a major consideration for Dawn and her husband, Davao Representative Anton Lagdameo.
For Dawn, "Anytime that will get me back to work is the time away from my family. So, I better make sure that whatever work I choose is something I really enjoy."
Accepting Walang Hanggan will still give her enough time for Jacobo and Ayisha.
"Well, I only shoot Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so, in between these days especially during weekends, I'm home.
"Luckily, I have my mom who lives nearby and who can always check on them."
How does she juggle the roles of being a mom, a wife, and an actress?
"Time management," Dawn replies. "Hindi rin ako wonder woman, napapagod din ako. I set an agenda for the week pero hindi ko lahat naa-accomplish.
"It always depends kung ano ang feeling ko when I wake up in the morning. Kasi, may mga times na hindi rin inaasahan, late din natatapos sa taping so, sira na ang schedule ko the following day.
"Hindi na ako maka-keep up sa kung anuman ang time na nase-set ko.
"Doon ako naaasar.
"Kasi, you know, it's the time that's stolen from me, e.
"It's the only day that I have to attend to what I need to do as a mom.
"We try as much as possible to be strict with the cut-off."
PAMPERING HERSELF. Since she's both busy with working as an actress and attending to the needs of her family, how does Dawn reward herself?
Dawn usually does girly stuff during her "me" time.
She says, "Ako masaya na ako na nakakapag-parlor ako at may masahe ako once a week.
"May pedicure din ako once a week, schedule din 'yan. Huwag mo lang tanggalin sa akin 'yon. Okay na ako."