Nigerian movie-producer and actress, Lala Akindoju, says Nollywood is an industry for trained professionals during a live session she organised for people who wanted to start a career in acting.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in 2016, she won the Africa Magic trailblazer award for her role in the film: `Dazzling Mirage’ produced and directed by Tunde Kelani.
She told the potential actors and actresses during the session, “ You need to ask yourself some important questions before going into acting.
“You need to get people other than family members to watch you act because that is where you get the real feedback.
“You must understand the technical terms and offices in the industry before going for any auditions
“Without your knowledge of the technical terms, you will be presenting yourself as a novice in the presence of the judges.”
Akindoju who started her career with stage performances in 2015 advised the aspirants to enroll in a drama school where they could be formally trained.
“If possible, take short courses in acting, cinematography, writing, amongst other fields.
“Put in the efforts required to get to the peak of your career.
“Volunteer to work as interns or production assistants because when you work in theatre, you work on your body and it helps you memorize lines better,’’ she said.
The award winning actress added that the industry was better now than it used to be in the past and the internet had made life easy.
“Aspiring actors can add value to themselves in many ways
“Record yourself doing monologues and get people to watch.
“Follow producers, directors and training schools manuals on social media so you do not miss out when they call for auditions,” Akindoju said.
She had featured in: `Surulere’, Fifty, Alan Poza, The CEO, and other stage plays.