Widespread Nollywood actor, Deyemi Okanlawon has revealed the paltry sum he was paid for his first film.
In accordance with him, for a four-day shoot, he acquired N10,000 for his first film function.
Throughout his look on the Rubbin Minds present, the film star talked about “paying the dues” of exhausting work.
Okanlawon claims that attaining his present standing took him eight years of constant effort, whereas many individuals regard him as an immediate success.
“They don’t see the toil, frustration, and plain hard labor that goes on behind the scenes.”
They’re blind to the truth that you might be working for pennies on the greenback. “I was paid N10,000 for my first film and N15,000 for my second,” the actor claimed.
“They took me to Ilorin for four days of shooting.” On the similar time, I used to be operating a enterprise and pursuing a profession. However all through the years, I’ve refined my talents. Past performing, I used to be proving myself and bringing worth to the producers.” I additionally researched the whole lot I may about appearing with a purpose to enhance. It takes time to climb to the highest in any area, not simply music or cinema. Trying again on all of the occasions I used to be disenchanted by the gradual progress, I spotted all I needed to do was wait.
“It would have been easy to just relax and not cause myself headaches if I had known what was going to happen now.”
Deyemi, who has been in quite a lot of Nollywood movies, remarked that regardless of having poor grades in class, he excelled.
“At school, I didn’t do much.” I acquired poor grades for quite a lot of causes. I had no selection however to take the trail of least resistance. With the best way they have been taking a look at grades, I may by no means have utilized for a job,” he famous.
“I had to prove myself on the streets.” I used to work in gross sales, so I may inform you what I did for one firm or the opposite yearly. ‘ I raised this sum of money and offered this quantity of merchandise. That paved the best way for me. Based mostly on my efficiency, I have been employed by massive monetary establishments. 10,000 people may apply, however as a result of I’ve already confirmed myself, they’d skip over everybody else and grant me the job.
“I had the same intention when I arrived into Nollywood.” There is a distinction to be made between exhausting labor and sensible work. Many individuals imagine that going to auditions is equal to finishing the exhausting work. “All they have to do now is show results.” Once I first began out, I made quite a lot of brief movies. Earlier than approaching the administrators, I had them on my telephone, which drew their consideration. Going to all of the auditions did not assist me as a lot as networking with the proper individuals and establishing my value.”