Nollywood is Nigeria’s number one movie industry, which has grown tremendously in the past decades. In this post, you will learn how to become a Nollywood actor/actress.
The existence of movie streaming platforms such as Iroko, Netflix, YouTube, and many others has promoted the success and fame of Nollywood actors, as Nollywood movies are viewed everywhere around the world.
A talented actor can easily build his/her movie career in Nollywood. So if you are talented, consider yourself a Nollywood celebrity soon. You will enjoy many benefits as a celebrity, such as a huge fan base and endorsement deals, paid acting gigs, etc. This post will give you insights on how to become a movie actor/actress in the Nollywood industry.
All the notable actors in Nollywood, such as Olu Jacobs, Kenneth Okonkwo, Kanayo .O. Kanayo, Rita Dominic, Genevieve Nnaji, and many others, have built successful careers in Nollywood.
Now the question is, how can you become a Nollywood actor and let the world discover your talent?
How to Become a Nollywood Actor/Actress
Below is how to become an actor/actress in Nollywood:
1. Create a Movie Collection
Your movie collection should contain all the relevant acting work you have done so far. This is the first step to becoming a Nollywood actor/actress.
Creating a collection of your acting performances will help you a lot when you go for acting auditions, talent agencies, or contract filmmakers and movie producers. This collection of movies you have featured in will help filmmakers and producers rate your acting capacity. This acting collection is important in your journey to become an actor/actress and get acting gigs.
2. Take Part in Auditions
Auditions are where you can meet actors, producers, directors, and a host of other people in Nollywood. If you want to be a successful Nollywood actor/actress, you have to attend auditions and take part in them.
The interesting thing is that you get to display your prowess in acting. If your acting skills measure up to average, you can be selected for a role in any movie in Nollywood. Attending auditions is an opportunity to meet top people in the industry.
Making connections with other actors/actresses at auditions is very helpful too. They might alert you to other auditions you may not know about, and catching a role in such auditions could be your stepping stone in Nollywood.
Building a good relationship with a director or producer could get you another acting gig in the future if you eventually do not get the role you auditioned for. These are the good things about going for auditions.
3. Join a Talent Agency
The advantages you get when you join a talent agency are many. There are several talent agencies for actors that you can join, especially in Lagos, which is where most Nollywood veterans such as producers and filmmakers live.
Joining a talent agency is an important step in becoming a Nollywood actor. A talent agency will help you secure acting jobs in Nollywood because they have the information, knowledge, and connections. Talent agencies know about auditions before anyone else.
4. Display Your Talent on Social Media
Social media is a good tool that you can use to display your talent for people to see. These social media platforms have turned many comedians into Nollywood celebrities. Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.
Upcoming artists and comedians use these platforms to display their acting careers. Comedians like Chief Imo, Akpan and Odume, Broda Shaggi, and Wofaifada have managed to leverage their huge presence