This is my April Fool’s gag for 2009.
2008 had been extremely difficult for me and my extended families. In hindsight, it was probably the worst time to decide to pursue personal projects knowing now how bad the economy would become.
Struggling for a good way to make a living and living on the very edge of bankruptcy for the better part of the last two years, it made me reconsider a job offer I had previously declined that would help us get out of this financial quicksand.
The job offer came by way of You Tube. You Tube has been nothing more than a place for me to have fun. That was it. But surprisingly enough, the schticks and stupid videos that I have done there have somehow gained a following. Last year I was offered to star in a TV sitcom that would make use of my You Tube “persona”. I had initially scoffed at the idea because back then I still thought of myself as a comic book creator.
I’ve had plenty of opportunity to rethink that decision as I found myself searching for coins in my drawers and pants just so I could buy lunch. I realized right there that “I shouldn’t have to do this.” So I called up the number that was given to me, and starting next month we begin shooting the TV sitcom.
I’m not at liberty to say what show it is, or what TV network it is for. But I am sure that the audience would be primarily OFWs as they seem to be my primary audience.
It will be a full time job, so as of next month, I will no longer be working in comics. I will just finish off my current commitments including the last two installments of Timawa, as well as the last few ELMER gift sets.
I make this decision with a sad heart. Comics has been my life for well, my entire life. To leave it behind is a painful thing to do. I’m the kind of person who commits totally to something so if I would be embracing acting, I would do so completely and wholeheartedly. I cannot act and do comics at the same time. It’s just not me.
Perhaps one day I will do comics again, if this acting thing doesn’t eventually work out. But right now I really can’t afford to think like that.
I will also be closing this blog, and opening a new one hosted at the TV network’s site. I will inform you all of the address soon.
I will also be closing my You Tube channel, as its closure is part of the deal with the network.
It’s corny I know, but they want me to go by the name GERARDO from now on. Of course, all of my friends can still call me Gerry. But for everyone else, I guess Gerardo is it. It’s still my name of course. That’s the name on my birth certificate. I suppose it’s meant to make me seem more mature. They know best I guess.
Well, that’s it. I don’t know how much longer this blog will stay up, but as long as it’s still here, let me just offer my deepest thanks and gratitude to everyone who has visited here and shared a bit of themselves with me.
Thank you very much.