Nollywood is Nigeria’s movie industry, it is fast growing and Nollywood movies are watched everywhere in the world, thanks to movie streaming platforms such as Netflix and YouTube.
When you become a successful Nollywood actor or actress, you get benefits such as paid acting gigs, a huge fan base and endorsement deals.
There are popular faces we love to see on our screen such as Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Odunlade Adekola, Rita Dominic, Uche Jombo, Ramsey Noah, Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva.
If you check their success story, you will see that their success in Nollywood did not happen overnight, they had to put in time and effort.
These are strategic steps you can follow to become the next big face in Nollywood:
1. Create an interesting acting portfolio: Your acting portfolio should contain all relevant acting work you have done so far. This will help you when you go for auditions, or you can send them to movie producers.
2. Get information on where auditions are happening:
If you want to be a successful Nollywood actor, you have to go for auditions. At auditions, you can meet actors, producers, directors, cameramen and a host of other important people in Nollywood. You can also get to showcase your acting skills in front of casting directors.
You should exchange contacts with directors, producers or other aspiring actors who can inform you about another acting gig in the future. Making connections with other actors at auditions is very helpful.
3. Join a talent agency:
A talent agency will take the stress of hustling off you a bit, they can help you secure acting jobs in Nollywood because they have the necessary industry knowledge and connections. Talent agencies tend to know about auditions before anyone else does.
4. Showcase your talent on social media
Social media has proven to be a great tool for showcasing your acting skills as an aspiring actor. There are platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat and tiktok.
A lot of people have become well-known after dropping short skits that showcase their talents. It might take time to get noticed, but consistency is key, you should post something twice a week at least.
5. Build a personal brand
You will need to craft a personal brand that highlights your strengths as an actor. This will help you come to mind first when certain acting skills are required for certain roles.
For example, Broda Shaggi being a comedian is often cast as a funny character in movies. You should out your contact details in your bio so you can be reached easily.
6. Attend acting classes
You will be shocked that some popular actors still attend acting classes. It is very important to constantly try to improve your craft because Nollywood is a very competitive industry.
Find out about film academies and film schools in and out of the country, attend the one you can afford and get certified.