Nollywood member, Ejike Asiegbu, on Thursday urged up-and-coming actors to embrace determination and hardwork in the journey of their career, in order to succeed in the movie industry.
Asiegbu told Newsmen in Lagos that the advice was to spur young actors and to sustain their interests in the profession.According to the movie star who started his career in the late 1970s, the industry has developed to an amiable level and recognises only actors who are committed.
“The movie industry is growing both in standard and number and as a legend, I am passionate about the success of the up-and-coming, who really want to build a career.“On this note, my advice to them is that they should develop the capacity of staying focused, be prepared to work hard, because it is important that they must sustain their interests.“Basically, they must recognise the veterans in the industry by way of respect, humble themselves and exhibit discipline, so that they can tap, learn from their wealth of experience,” he added.
The popular actor also urged young actors and actresses in the industry to also sharpen their skills in order to meet the demands and the requirements that come along with auditions by movie producers and directors. Asiegbu, also a director and movie producers, explained that young actors were sometimes tasked to read scripts to evaluate their ability to interprete messages to viewers. He added that roles were being allocated based on individual’s competence.
“Actors stand greater chances of being selected for a role when they are able to convince movie directors with their speech in reading scripts and interpretation during audition,” he said. Supreme reports that Ejike Asiegbu, a former National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeri, had in 1982 featured in a Soap Opera produced and directed by Uzor Amadi, titled; ‘Beyond the Realm’.He also featured in the ‘New Masquerade’, which had late Amaka Igwe and Nkem Owoh as contributing writers, as well as in ‘ Basi and Company’.