What attracted you to begin a career as an actor? Why do you feel this is the ideal profession for you?
I started my career as a stage actor when I was just 10year and that was primary school days. During this period Mr Eesuola who tried me for a role as a king and I did it perfectly. Though initially, I had the passion for acting and the thing I can say about that is whatever you know you’re good at, keep doing it. Then I knew it was an ideal profession for me because people love watching me acting on stage and I keep pushing on it. So that was why I made the move and am really excited about where I am today and where I am going.
Motivation is important within the acting profession. What would you say is your motivator currently? How do you remain positive and focused within your role?
It’s all about personal freedom. Success gets you respect, respect gives you power. When you have the power you have freedom.
If you are successful no one tells you what to do, they request it. If you drive a fancy car(s) live in an upscale neighbourhood, and have an expensive gold watch etc. People respect you, which leads to self-respect. Success gives you that and security too. Security makes one feel invincible and powerful. Very nice feeling, who wouldn’t want that? And again my family, my friends, loved ones and most of all my Savior keep me going every day. It’s great to think and feel that they love me so much that they will pick me up every time I fall down.
Every actor or actress has a manager or management agency handling their career, how do you like to be managed? What sort of management style gets the best out of you professionally?
I think I would really like this kind of manager; Who is ready to give an objection and direction and then rely on my self-motivation to complete the objective on time.
To be an established actor or actress you need to be able to measure your success and build on this. How do you evaluate success within your role?
I try to set goals that meet or beat expectations and work as hard as I can to complete those goals. If I make mistakes along the way, then I know I can improve and still have work to do, but if I reach those goals and achieve my desired outcome, I consider that a success.
Teamwork and the ability to work with large numbers of people is important in this industry. How do you cope with working within a large team? Why do you think teamwork is important as an actor?
Yes, it’s very important to work as a team in this industry. I’m jovial and I have absolute tolerate with people. I get along easily with people and every situation I find myself, for these reasons, almost all my colleague loved working with me.
Thinking back over your career to date, what has been your greatest accomplishment as an actor?
Well, nothing much to say yet but my greatest accomplishment in life is sitting where o am right now and I believe that life is a constant work-in-progress that all moments, the monumental huge ones and the small quiet ones, all make up who I am.
Since beginning your career tell us about a situation that has made you proud. Why this, and what was the outcome?
That was when my boss took me to world theatre day rehearsal held at National Theatre Iganmu and I played about ten roles including roles that were supposed to play by a female actor and I outshine everyone there in which that got me a special recognition even when they published a magazine tagged to the event.
From a professional context, what do you feel your greatest weakness is?
I don’t have one, to be honest with you
From a professional context, what do you feel you’re greatest strengths are?
I don’t quit. I keep on trying even when I failed.
Talk us through some of your biggest achievements to date. Why were these memorable to you, and how did you achieve them?
Let me say the beautiful ones are not yet born. I always looking to achieve more tomorrow than I did today so that’s why I keep striving hard to improve myself all the time. Raise your energy levels, get excited, sit up proudly in your chair and make that impact!
What do you think you can bring the world of Acting, and what qualities do you possess that makes you a good candidate for lead roles?
Well, still working very hard to prove myself and let people know the quality I have in me but I just believe you can never see two moons in the Sky but a lot of stars. I hope you understand me better with this little response
What type of acting role would interest you the most, and why?
I love every role am being provided and I acted it as if it was my last show because an actor should be able to interpret every role he/she been giving
Who is your role model from within the Acting industry, and why?
I have not just one but I’ll tell you my role models are Ibrahim Chatta and Kunle Afod. I Love everything about Kunle Afod because he always wants people around him grows and become. Ibrahim Chatta is a great actor and one of the best I have ever seen in our generation.
How do you think you will handle the prospect of fame and the perks/downfalls that come with it?
Let it come and I’ll show you how I can handle it. Lol
Focus on your career aspirations. Ten years from now, where do you see yourself as an actor, movie producer and tell us briefly about your career as a musician also?
I see myself building people around me and making them be somebody in life because I know I’ll be more than what you yourself expected by then… Funny?
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