Have you been dreaming of how you can join Nollywood? Dream no more. Wake up and work out your dream. If you think you have what it takes to eke it out in the Nigerian Nollywood, we have got you covered. maybe, you aren’t sure of what it takes but you are ready to give it a go? Then, read on as well.
The Nollywood is africa’s biggest and largest movie industry. As a matter of fact, Nollywood is a force in the global movie and entertainment industry. As a result, the industry is competitive. But, if others are excelling in it, why not you? So, in this guide, we will show you EVERYTHING you will need to know to join Nollywood. You ready for this?
Here, we’ll be bringing you a comprehensive guide on how to become a Nigerian actress and actor in the Nigerian Nollywood movie industry.
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Why You Should Join Nollywood
There are lots of reasons why you should consider joining Nollyywood. They include these
1. To Pursue Your Dream & Passion
Joining Nollywood grants you the platform and opportunity to pursue your dreams and passion of acting. A lot of persons are talented in acting from childhood and have grown acting in schools and churches. This is a bigger platform for you, if that is you.
2. Job Opportunity & Income
Becoming a Nollywood actor or actress is another employment. Just as there are different jobs, acting is your own employment as it also gives you a guaranteed stream of income.
3. Fame & Popularity
Nollywood grants you the platform for enjoying fame, wealth and glamour. In light of this, the ultimate dream of a typical Nigerian youth is to become a Nigerian movie star , with the primary aim of enjoying the fame and wealth that comes with the title. Almost all Nigerian actors and actresses are celebrities. This is one of the fastest way to celebrity status.
4. Travel Opportunity
Nollywood uses different locations to act their movies. As an actor/actress you have the opportunity to travel round the country for one movie or the other. Add to the fact you could be lodged in some exotic and high profile hotels, this should entice you.
So, we have seen the reasons you may want to join Nollywood. Let’s see how to become a NollyWood actor or actress.
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How To Join NollyWood
In order to become a Nollywood star , you need to be exceptionally talented and/or well-connected. If you fall in the later category, you can be rest assured of getting a movie role sooner or later. However, if you are the unconnected type, albeit exceptionally talented, you can give yourself an edge by following the guides below.
1. Discover And Develop Your Acting Skill
Acting is a dynamic profession, with numerous skill sets on display. The point here is; as an aspiring movie star, you need to discover the skills you possess and work towards developing those skills, in line with the established standards (in Nollywood). Here are some of your features you should work on.
- Good communication in English language.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Have a beautiful/sexy body for ladies and a good physique for guys. This doesn’t mean it’s a must. But, having this can give you an edge over the competition.
- Be versatile.
- Learn how to handle pressure etc.
Pick yourself up and develop the acting skill(s) you think you possess, and make efforts to acquire the ones you lack. With a bit of luck on your side, the “sky would be your starting point and not your limit”.
2. Network With People & Position Yourself
Entertainment business is all about showbiz, and Nollywood stands at the forefront in this aspect. As an aspiring actor or actress (especially if you are not well-connected), you need to dissipate any element of shyness in your body. This is especially important if you are a female, who is aspiring to become a Nollywood actress. Connect with actors and actresses on their social media platforms. Some of them use to share tips on how to excel as an actor/actress. You can also have to ask hem questions from time to time.
Create Social Media handles; preferably a YouTube channel and an Instagram page. Go ahead and create short skits and upload them on these Social Media handles. Build your fan base on Social Media. Reach out to movie promoters, distributors, directors and producers.
Attend auditions etc. Just do whatever you have to do that will bring you closer to the Nollywood industry.
3. Attend Nollywood Acting Auditions
Movie producers often advertise auditions for movie roles. And as an aspiring movie star, all you need, to kick start your acting career is a starring role in a movie. So, always be on the lookout for movie auditions and participate in as many of them as you can. It is an opportunity to showcase your talent and skills.
Nollywood Audition Tips
- Make sure you are prepared.
- Conduct mock sessions, few days or one week to an audition. Your friends or family can help out in this aspect.
- Wake up early on the designated day of an audition.
- Eat well, dress well, and smell nice (keep your perfume moderate).
- Be punctual; make sure you arrive at the audition venue an hour or two before the official kickoff time.
- Keep your performance original; trying to fake-up would make you lose control. So, don’t over-do.
- Maintain your confidence and creativity.
- Approach the stage with elegance.
- Maintain a solid voice output (not too loud and not too calm), depending on your role.
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Due to the competition, it is not guaranteed that after doing all these that you will be selected. But, without doing them, you won’t even stand a chance. You need to be committed and persevere. No matter how long it takes, once you succeed, you will forget every pains you went through.
So, good luck as you being your journey to join Nollywood today.