How To Become A Nollywood Actor Or Actress

How To Become A Nollywood Actor Or Actress
Sometime ago I was working on a project and in the course of my research, had to attend a Nollywood audition.
At the hotel, I saw nothing less than 250 Nigerian youths who came for the audition and out of the whole number just a few were qualified for the roles assigned to them. This is just one out of the thousands of real and fake auditions organised in Nigeria.
Growing up in a city like Owerri, I noticed than almost every little street has a poster advertising on movie industry or the other. Many of these auditions are being organised by fraudsters who are only interested in scamming any interested fellow.
You might attend the audition and see some popular celebrities among the panel of judges or organisers of the event. Well, you need to be careful in your quest for movie roles and many youths have fallen victims of scams and sexual harassment.
Inasmuch as things are like this, there are also many real Nollywood industries out there that are in search of actors and can help you reach the limelight.

Benefits of joining the Nollywood Industry

Maybe you are talented and interested in being an actor or actress but still confused on what you'll be gaining from the industry. Well, there are so many benefits of joining the industry and some of them include:

- Good earnings

Do you know that the Nigerian Nollywood is the third biggest movie industry in the world? Well if you ere ignorant of this I guess you should be happy now. If is the next after the Hollywood and the Bollywood and has produced many award winning movies.
Being featured in a Nollywood movie come with a good compensation. An average Nigerian actor or actress earns between ₦1,000,000 to ₦500,000 per role while an upcoming actor earns between ₦100,000 to ₦500,000. If you can appear in 10 movies in a year, you'll be smiling home with ₦1,000,000 as a new actor or actress. This might not be that big for you but as your authority in the industry increases, the pay will increase. Just focus on building your career and you'll see yourself at the top in no distant time.

- Lifestyle

Well I guess you should already know much about the lifestyles of Nigerian actors and actresses. They drive expensive cars, shop in the best boutiques, wear the latest designers and also get to travel to different parts of the world.
To most fans this is the best and most attractive part of being a Nollywood star. The awards, red carpets and other  similar events. It seems like appearing on the TVs means enjoying life to the fullest.

- Influence

Becoming a Nollywood star comes with a lot of influence. You'll have so many social media followers and and authority among your friends. This will also aid you in getting sponsors and deals from brands.

- Opportunities

Becoming a Nollywood star will expose you to many wonderful opportunities that the normal individuals might not get. Many celebrities have gotten political appointments in their states and nations because of the impact they have played in people's lives.
Also, big companies sign influential stars as brand ambassadors and pay them heavily just for advertising their brands.

How to join Nollywood acting

The first factor that will qualify you as a Nollywood actor or actress is your talent. Many people have decided to enter the Nollywood industry through immoral ways. Many desperate ladies are ready to give their bodies to men in exchange for movie roles and it works for some of them. In the case of the guys, some decide to buy their ways into the industry by paying producers, well, this is not bad but nothing can be compared to real talents.

This post is for any Nigerian that has been searching for a straightforward means of joining the Nollywood industry. If you have the talent in you, becoming an actor or actress won't be a hard task as you'll be spotted in auditions.

- Attend auditions

This is the easiest way if showing your talents to the world. Regularly, auditions are hosted and new sets of actors are chosen. You can start by being featured in unpopular movies and programs and them upgrading later. All you have to do is to avail yourself to legitimate auditions, who know where your breakthrough will come from.

- Approach a Registered Talent Agency

Apart from the auditions, you can also register with talent agencies that will test you out. If you are rally talented you won't find it hard getting recruited as an actor or actress. Going through a talent agency will require that you pay some money so make sure to apply through legitimate ones.

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