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  • Johnny 'Mr. M' Manahan's Advice To Aspiring Artistas: Almost Always Listen To Your Mother

    Despite being a father figure to the stars, he will still defer to the artists' mothers.
    by Kitty Elicay .
  • Johnny “Mr. M” Manahan is a household name, even if he prefers to stay behind the scenes.

    Apart from being a veteran actor and director, Mr. M is most known as a star maker — the former head of Star Magic, ABS-CBN’s talent management arm, is responsible for discovering the most popular celebrities in the industry. This includes the likes of Piolo Pascual, Kristine Hermosa, Claudine Barretto, Jolina Magdangal, Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, and many more.

    With almost 50 years of showbiz experience, Mr. M’s gut feel of what makes a star is spot on. And for aspiring artists, he has an importance piece of advice: listen to your mother.

    Just like any family, artists would sometimes fail to get along with their moms. But Mr. M says it still pays to listen to the mothers because most of the time, they end up being right.

    “You know [the artists] they say, well, we look up to you as our second father. I say… no, you listen — you always should listen to your mother. Almost always,” he shares to SmartParenting.com.ph and other Summit Media editors in an exclusive virtual conference called Sandwich Session.


    As a father figure and mentor, he also feels responsible for those under his wing. If the celebrities are just starting out in the industry, he makes sure to look out for them when it comes to matters concerning finances.

    “I talk to the stars and I say you have to put a certain percentage of your money — put it away. Because you might need that someday — it’s something you can rely on for a rainy day,” he tells Smart Parenting.

    He encourages them to save at least 10 percent of their salary and eventually increase that percentage as their fees go higher.

    “In the beginning, it's going to be a small thing but after a while, the bigger stars, they're [already] making lots of money. And instead of the 10% they're putting away, I encourage them 30-40% percent, put it in a savings or another instrument which will turn [into] money for them while they're making money,” Mr. M says.

    As the celebrities gain experience in the industry, they’ll also become wiser about their expenses and investments. “On the whole, they've been pretty successful managing their money. After a while, they also know what to do and they're very thankful for that," he adds.

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