MANILA – Atom Araullo started his career in television at a young age, appearing in the 1990s show “5 and Up.”
Today, he’s one of the most well-known broadcast journalists in the country, with numerous awards and a growing fan base. Soon, he will make his acting debut in Mike de Leon’s “Citizen Jake” alongside screen veterans Cherie Gil and Dina Bonnevie.
One would easily think that Araullo got it all figured out, that he knew his passion from the get-go and simply pursued it.
However, he said that it was not as simple as it seems.
“I didn’t really start out wanting to become a reporter, or a journalist, or a TV person, although I’ve been lucky enough because I did a few TV shows [like] ‘5 and Up,’” Araullo recalled as he made a guest appearance in host Bianca Gonzalez’s web series, “Paano Ba ‘To.”
An Applied Physics graduate, Araullo initially had a different career path in mind.
But he got “tired” in the process and wanted to take a break, and he was lucky enough to be offered a job as a researcher for a documentary program.
“Sabi ko, why not? Then eventually, they asked me if they want me to become a reporter. And I said, why not?” he said.
What started as a “break” from pursuing a career in physics became his full-time job and eventually, his passion.
Asked whether to pursue one’s passion or get a stable job, Araullo said: “I think it’s not a question of knowing right away if your job is your dream job, but finding your passion in the job that you have.”
“I think it’s a little bit out of touch when people say that you only live once so go for your dream job, kasi a lot of us have practical considerations – breadwinner, kailangang kumita kasi wala silang ganoong kakayahan not to be working for a month, or even a year. I think if you have a good job that you see reasonable growth in, puwede kang maging passionate sa trabaho,” he added.
To those who are itching to leave their day jobs, Araullo advised them to first consider taking up their passion as a hobby so their finances remain stable.
“If what you’re really, really passionate about is not your job, then you can make it so that your job supports your passion. You don’t have to choose. May free time ka naman eh. So kunyari, passion mo ang mag-drawing, mahirap namang maging professional artist, let’s face it. Then maybe you can merge the two worlds, kung anuman ‘yung trabaho mo,” he explained. “At least you will have a stable job that will support your passion. That’s how I see it.”
Watch Araullo’s full response below.
This article was originally published on ABS-CBN News.