Actor, Deyemi Okanlawon, tells MOBOLA SADIQ about his profession, issues in regards to the film business and different points
You’re stated to be one of the wanted actors in Nollywood in the intervening time. How does that make you are feeling?
I’m actually grateful that each one the efforts I’ve put into honing my craft and in constructing a model are actually being transformed into extra work alternatives for me.
What have you ever been doing in another way?
I’ve not likely carried out something in another way, apart from specializing in persistently delivering nice film experiences to viewers and more and more including worth to producers who rent me.
What are your aspirations as an actor?
I wish to do that (appearing) on the highest potential stage of filmmaking on the earth. With the doorway and development of world film platforms equivalent to Iroko TV and Netflix, that dream appears to be getting nearer every single day.
Are you well-paid as an actor?
I want to say I’m fulfilled as an actor.
Is being an actor as fulfilling and profitable as you hoped?
Undoubtedly, being an actor is fulfilling and profitable. Appearing on display screen or on stage is once I really feel essentially the most alive, notably once I join with the reality of the story and the character I’m portraying, as I’ve been doing, particularly with many of the films I featured in. I have to say once more that appearing is fulfilling. Additionally, as a result of I got here into Nollywood from the company world, I had the benefit of understanding the significance of the enterprise facet of appearing, therefore it has really been financially rewarding.
What’s the hardest function you’ve gotten acted?
To date, there have been three roles I’ve discovered virtually equally taxing, albeit for various causes. The primary is appearing as ‘Femi Stone’ in Funke Akindele and JJC’s film, Omo Ghetto: The Saga. Not solely due to the sheer scale of the manufacturing and the calibre of actors I used to be working with but it surely was the primary time I used to be solid to play such a job and I thank the Scene One manufacturing group for offering all of the help I wanted.
The second is the character, ‘Fogo Bombastic’ in Niyi Akinmolayan’s film, The Prophetess, the place I needed to communicate Yoruba. I had by no means carried out that earlier than and I additionally needed to eat uncooked pepper all through the manufacturing. The third was appearing as ‘Bayo Olaoluwa’ in Yewande Zacheus’ film, The Wait, which was extraordinarily emotional for me as a result of my spouse and I had confronted the identical points in actual life.
What are your most memorable moments within the business to date?
Eight years in the past (2013), as the pinnacle of selling for OLX Nigeria, I made the choice to change careers. Nevertheless, my first movie expertise as an grownup was in 2010. Engaged on the Omo Ghetto: The Saga manufacturing has been my most memorable expertise to date. From been solid within the film to being on set with the most effective actors within the movie business and seeing how audiences from Lagos to Abuja and Dubai completely beloved the film, it has certainly being a beautiful expertise.
Have you ever ever regretted appearing in a film or taking a selected function?
I’ll have had some lower than pleasurable experiences however I’ve by no means been one to dwell on unhealthy experiences or regrets, particularly as a result of I’ve discovered that every of such experiences has been a blessing in disguise and a stepping stone to higher issues.
Do you assume you’d have been as profitable as you are actually if you weren’t an actor?
Nigerian billionaires equivalent to Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola and Michael Adenuga aren’t actors, but their names are identified and their impacts felt globally. It doesn’t matter what career I might have been practising, it will have been carried out with the spirit of excellence coupled with my values of integrity, business and innovation. I’m so sure I might have been well-known for one thing.
What are your issues in regards to the film business?
I imagine the federal government has grossly underestimated the impression of the inventive business, particularly the film business. The federal government must institute insurance policies and interventions equivalent to tax breaks and infrastructural help that may encourage funding alongside the whole business worth chain. That may entice expert personnel, particularly enterprise and consulting consultants, and assist develop the business. Additionally, functioning guilds or associations in collaboration with the labour unions ought to defend the business from monopolistic forces which can be ever current in a capitalist financial system.
Some critics have stated that many Nollywood filmmakers don’t do sufficient analysis earlier than producing movies. What’s your response to that?
The true difficulty with such critics is that they paint the whole business with the identical brush with out understanding that there are completely different classes of productions with massively various budgets, and focused at completely different market segments. On one finish of the spectrum, there are film productions equivalent to Funke Akindele and JJC’s Omo Ghetto: The Saga, Mo Abudu’s Citadel and Citadel, and Uduak Isong’s forthcoming film, Flaws. They take note of the smallest particulars due to the usual that they had set for themselves and the market section they serve. On the opposite finish of the spectrum are films that actually don’t want that stage of element to serve their audiences.
Do you assume actors are often stereotyped in Nollywood?
If appearing was my primary or solely supply of earnings, I might take being stereotyped and always working and incomes over being a broad-range actor with little or no presents to work. There’s a place for stereotyping, particularly at the start of an actor’s profession. Over time, the actor in query might select to steer their profession into extra assorted roles after gaining some stage of affect.
What are among the issues you’ve gotten had to surrender on your appearing profession?
Curiously, I’ve by no means discovered my appearing profession to be overwhelming. I might reasonably say that being a star will be fairly overwhelming. Nevertheless, in that case, I’m fortunate that I’ve by no means actually seen myself as one (a star). I believe I’m similar to any common man with a job. The one distinction is that my work will get to be seen in cinemas, on TV and different platforms.
There’s fixed public consideration on celebrities. Do you typically want for extra privateness?
The one factor I’m uncomfortable with about being within the public house is the lack of privateness. Nevertheless, I learnt early in my profession to strictly separate my public life from my private life, and to be intentional in selecting what I share.
Being within the limelight typically places pressures on celebs to have a sure commonplace. How have you ever been dealing with these expectations?
Like a avenue slang says, “Wahala for who get expectations (There are issues for who has expectations)”. Once more, I’ve by no means seen myself as a star and as such, I’m free to reside by my very own guidelines and at my very own tempo. Additionally, I’m lucky to have had the suitable mentors within the individuals of Pastor Poju Oyemade; and actors like RMD and Alibaba, amongst others. Their capability to be themselves regardless of their reputation has been an instance to me.
How do you deal with criticisms on social media?
As an actor, I’m my greatest critic. Fortunately, I’ve not had many experiences of being negatively criticised. However, the few instances I got here throughout unfavorable feedback, I felt nothing however empathy. I’ve realised that it’s people who find themselves sad with their lives that attempt to share their ache and pull others down.
Some folks say that Nigerian entertainers must be on the forefront of struggles or agitations. What are your ideas on that?
Whereas I personally select to help many social causes, I imagine that everybody has the suitable to find out whether or not or not to do this, and easy methods to use their reputation, affect and voice.
In your opinion, what are among the unrealistic expectations followers have of celebrities?
The primary that involves thoughts is the stress of “Baba, come and do giveaway (Sir, do giveaways”.
In the meantime, we (celebrities) are searching for who would additionally do giveaway for us too (laughs).
Some folks have complained that Nigerian films typically have predictable storylines, what’s your response to that?
There are occasions that even actual life will be predictable. On the finish of the day, I imagine all people could be alright (borrowing one other avenue slang). If this can be a true concern although, I might humbly suggest for folks to observe the flicks I characteristic in.
Actresses (in Nigeria) look like richer than their male counterparts, and their life and achievements have always been matters of discourse on social media. What’s your tackle that?
My reply is summarised in two phrases – ‘seem’ and ‘social media’, each of that are imaginary.
How properly have you ever been utilizing your platform to amplify the voices of youths?
As a lot as I can, I make sure that no matter I share on social media is consistent with my God-given calling to encourage younger folks in my technology to excellence. I’m additionally glorious with the work of my fingers and this has helped me to encourage many youths to achieve for greatness. By sharing life experiences and the rules (non secular and enterprise) I’ve utilized or adopted in turning my failures into successes, I’ve been capable of encourage many.
A college of thought believes that each one actors ought to regularly bear coaching as a way to hone their appearing abilities. Did you bear any coaching to make your self higher as an actor?
I agree with that opinion and I’ve always sought to make myself higher as an actor and artistic entrepreneur. I not solely eat an enormous quantity of appearing coaching assets from books and grasp courses, I additionally attempt to take day without work movies to do stage performs, which I think about to be the most effective coaching floor for actors. Private improvement, finance and enterprise abilities are additionally important coaching I bear.
How have you ever managed to remain off scandals?
I’ve stayed off scandal completely by the Grace of God. I as soon as half-jokingly talked about to my pastor good friend, Jimmy Odukoya, that the rationale I walked away from my want to develop into a full-time minister was the worry of my hidden flaws affecting younger Christians and the notion of non-Christians.
How has your spouse been coping along with your superstar way of life?
I think she copes by fortunately serving to me spend all the cash I earn (Laughs). On a extra critical word, my profession as an actor is as a lot hers as it’s mine. We work onerous to make sure that it has little impact on us.
What are the stuff you would by no means do within the pursuit of fame?
As a matter of reality, I’m not keen on fame as a lot as I’m within the impression that I ought to make, and as such, I might by no means do something for fame.
Which soccer membership do you help?
I help Manchester United once I can discover time in my schedule to observe their matches.
How typically do you spend time with your loved ones?
I really like spending time at residence with my household. We, typically, go to a leisure house or go to shut family and friends members.
Do you do home chores?
I hardly do home chores as a result of we have now sufficient home help. However, I get pleasure from bathing my sons once I can.
What meal are you able to put together?
I can put together ‘noodles a la carte’.
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