Do you aspire to become an actor or actress? Do you stand in the mirror mimicking the voice of Mercy Johnson, Ramsey Noah or any of your favourite actors or actresses?
If your answer is yes, then you need to read this article to the end. Many aspiring actors and actress have been sexually abused or duped in their quest to join the Nigeria movie industry so its essential for you to pay utmost attention to every information in this article. Without further ado, lets begin.
The Nigeria Movie Industry
The Nigeria movie industry is popularly known as Nollywood. It is the largest movie industry in Africa and sits on the number three position behind Bollywood (India) and Hollywood (America) globally.
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As an upcoming actor, getting into Nollywood might seem like an herculean task, with that in mind, here are some tips on how to start an acting career in Nigeria;
1. Have the talent
Although acting can be learnt, it is very necessary for you to have the raw talent if you don’t want your acting career to just be a flash in the pan.
Talent is the key to longevity in the world of light, camera and action! Lets take for example Mr Olu Jacobs, a seasoned actor who started as far back as 1971 in a film titled Murderous Angel and he is still sorted after by many director up till date.
Pay deaf ears to any one telling you to satisfy him in bed before getting a acting role, with -your talent and patience, you will eventually rise to fame.
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2. Polish the talent
Getting the talent is not enough to be a successful actor/actress in Nigeria.To have an aura of Professionalism, you will need to polish your talent by registering under a film academy.
A film academy is equipped with proficient actors and instructors who knows their onions when it comes to acting. They will help you sharpen your talent and make you stand out.Below are some credible film academy in Nigeria you can register with;
a. Lufodo Academy of performing Arts
b. Yul Edochie Academy
c. Royal Art Academy
d. PEFTI film Institute
3. Attend auditions
Auditions is the platform to showcase acting abilities. Attending auditions opens doors of opportunity for you. You never can tell, you may please a director and grab a leading role.
Be very cautious, there are many phony auditions advert in the street and social media, carry out a proper enquiry about any audition before investing your time on it.
4. Register under an acting agency
If you are sure you got the right tools in the box to be a successful actor then you can confidently register under an acting agency but if you’re not don’t think about it because it will be a waste of money.
Acting agency will help you get roles as an actor if you are good at your trade. Registration usually requires some amount of money, that is why earlier mentioned you need to be very sure before you register.
5. Use Instagram
In this modern era of social media, we have seen people turn celebrities over night. If you aspire to become an actor/ actress in Nigeria, ensure you have an instagram account.
With an instagram account, you can keep up to date with your favourite nollywood stars. Not only that, you can make a video of your self acting or doing a comedy skit.
There are movie directors and Producers who use iinstagram and once you video go viral, you may get called up. A vivid example is Etinosa Idemudia. She rosed into fame and got movie roles via posting comedy skit n instagram.
6. Be passionate
To round it up, you need to have passion for acting, In your journey of becoming a movie star, you will surely meet challenges like finance, family pressure etc. Don’t let challenges deter your dream. Remember passion triggers accomplishment
How Much Do Actors And Actress Make
As I earlier mentioned, Nollywood is the third biggest movie industry in the world today. The Nigeria movie industry is like a big ocean and if you have the right skills, be ready to swim in glamour and wealth.
For example Regina Daniels our very own Eye-canndy, in an interview with House of maliqs magazine in January this year revealed she earns N600,000 per movie.
Hold on don’t salivate yet! Do you know the screen goddess Genevive Nnaji earns N2million per movie? Amazing right?
But before you get all hyped up about this figures please note the mentioned names stated small before before earning so much.
As an upcoming actor/ actress in Nigeria you may earn N70,000 to N200,000 per movie and with time more zeros will begin to be added to your bank accounts if you arre good at your job.
What Will I Gain From Acting
Now you know the steps to take on becoming an actor in Nigeria, The question on your mind now is What will i gain? It is crystal clear acting makes you famous and a role model to many around the world.
But thats is not only the benefits you will gain from acting. Below is a list of tasty incentives you can benefit when you venture into acting:
When you become an household name, many big brands like MTN, Nivea, Bournvita etc would be queue up to offer you their products to advertise. Putting pen to paper on a contract will see millions rolling into your account.
In recent times we have seen how entertainers like musician and comedians are being appointed by political parties to help them canvass for vote during elections.
Actors/ Actresses aren’t left out as well. Once you become s movie star n in Nigeria politicians/ political parties will offer you mouth-watering cheques for you to help them in their political ambitions.
As a budding actor/ actress endeavour to take good care of body most especially your face and also have a good sense of fashion. Becoming a movie star in Nigeria can be very daunting but if you have the talent and can sharpen it, you will get to the pinnacle of Nollywood.
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