“Showbiz is not forever,” is the common reminder given to celebrities, and Vice Ganda realizes it as early as now.
While the TV host-comedian enjoys his current status in showbiz, he does not deny that he's also afraid of losing his luster in showbiz.
He also admits that his strong prayer and wish right now is, “Huwag muna akong malaos talaga kasi masaya ako sa estado ko ngayon.”
With his current projects, one might say that Vice has no reason to be worried about his showbiz career.
Apart from his regular TV shows, It’s Showtime and Gandang Gabi Vice, Vice is also currently busy with his third major concert called I-Vice Ganda Mo ‘Ko sa Araneta, happening on May 17.
He has also just released his self-titled second studio album under Star Records, which seems to be doing well in terms of sales.
However, there is still a part of Vice that keeps reminding him that he shouldn’t feel complacent with what he has now.
While he often tells people that he can survive if he ever goes back to his previous status before showbiz, he admits that he also feels scared at the same time.
“Ang totoo, natatakot naman ako talaga,” Vice confessed in an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and members of the press during the media conference for his upcoming concert in Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Wala namang taong sumikat at hindi nalaos.
“Ayaw ko nang magpaka-plastik pa: natatakot akong malaos.”
However, he was quick to say, “Pinaghahandaan ko ‘yan. Pinaghahandaan ko ‘yan.”
Vice further noted, “‘Yang takot na ‘yan hindi ko hahayaang lamunin ako at bumagsak ang moral ko sa sarili ko.
“‘Yang takot na ‘yan, gagawin kong konstruktibo, gagamitin ko para mapaghandaan ko ang kinabukasan ko.
“Parang sa ngayon pa lang, mayroon na akong iniisip na gawin kung sakaling mangyari ‘yang hindi inaasahan na ‘yan.”
MORE TO PROVE. Although Vice has somehow proven his talent as a comedian and TV host, he said he could show more if he would be given a chance to stay longer in the industry.
“Kaya ipinagdadasal ko na huwag muna akong malaos,” said the former stand-up comedian turned Phenomenal Box-office Star.
“Kung hindi pa ako malalaos, mas malaki pa ang pagkakataon na maipakita kung ano pa ‘yong kaya kong gawin, at saka marami pa akong mapapasaya.
“Marami pa naman akong maibubuga kaya sana huwag muna akong malaos.”
Having said this, it seems like taking an “early retirement” is not an option for Vice right now.
“Iyong retirement, hindi ko siya kino-consider anytime soon,” the 37-year-old Kapamilya talent told the media.
“Siguro, iyong pahinga kasi, siyempre, nabu-burnout din naman tayo, napapagod din naman tayo.
“Minsan gusto nating mag-beach, gusto nating mag-abroad, gusto natin to spend time with some people na gusto nating makasama.
“Pero ‘yong early retirement, hindi pa. Ine-enjoy ko pa [ang showbiz].
“Kailan lang ‘to, e. Kasisimula ko pa lang, ine-enjoy ko pa.
“Kasi, kapag inisip mo na ang retirement, ibig sabihin hindi ka na masaya.
“Although, dapat pinaghahandaan mo na ‘yong retirement.”
LITTLE REWARDS. To prevent burnout at work, Vice says he always gives himself a simple reward.
“Mukhang corny pero every day I reward myself,” he related.
This may include, according to Vice, “Like, ‘yong mga simpleng paglabas-labas.
“Napapagalitan na nga ako kasi gimik daw ako nang gimik.
“Sabi ko, hindi ko pwedeng tanggalin ‘yan kasi mabubwisit ako sa buhay ko kapag di na ako gumimik.
“Gusto kong pumunta sa disco-han, gusto kong makarinig ng ingay, gusto kong sumayaw, gusto kong uminom.
“Although, hindi naman ako alcoholic. Hindi naman ako pumupunta ng bar para maglasing.”
He also stressed, “Kailangan pagkatapos kong magtrabaho, bago ako umuwi, rarampa muna ako. ‘Yon ang pangkaraniwang ginagawa ko dati, ‘yon ang reward na binibigay ko sa sarili ko.”
When it comes to his earnings, Vice knows how to use them wisely, but sometimes indulges in buying things for himself and his family.
“Binibili ko rin ang mga gusto kong bilhin kasi nga nagtratrabaho tayo.
"Sino ba ang makikinabang nitong perang ito kung hindi rin lang sa pamilya mo at sa’yo, di ba? Kaya gagastusin ko.
“Kapag natigok naman ako, sayang at hindi ko napakinabangan. Nagpawis lang ako, nangiwi lang ako pero hindi ko naman nabili ‘yong gusto ko” he explained.
Vice does not also regret splurging once in a while, especially if it is for his family and friends.
He concluded, “Ang sarap isipin na kaya mo na ngayong bilhin ‘yong gusto mong bilhin para sa sarili mo at para sa mga taong mahal mo.”