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CYRIL OGWU is one of the Rich fast rising Nollywood mind-blowing Actor with so many works to his creadits. Lets get this Interview started. Quiet on the set. Annnnddd…. action!
Tell us a little about yourself (Where are you from? How old are you? Describe your
job and how long you’ve been at it).
My name is Cyril Ogwu and I’ve lived in Delta-state (Nigeria) over half my life, but didn’t start getting into acting professionally until after I graduated from my Secondary School.
Why did you want to become an actor? When did you know it was what you wanted to do?
I’ve been acting in some capacity (school plays, student films, shows friends asked me to be in) since I was in, but only during sec. School did I decide I wanted to do this
professionally. When I first went away to the University I wanted to be a medical doctor. Well, thank GOD anyway. I had to study Applied Microbiology from Ebonyi
State University. Though i realized I really hated what I was doing. The prospect of living in a cubicle for the next several decades sounded pretty unappealing, and I had stopped enjoying even learning about Microbilogy. The only thing I enjoyed was acting. I had gotten involved in too many stage-plays and Films as well as with some independent productions on campus. Some days I’d have six hours of physical rehearsal but I never once complained. It was then I decided I wanted to do this professionally and to stop being a Microbiologist. My parents threatened to shiv me if I changed majors or dropped out of school so I spend the years of my education preparing to move to Hollywood after graduation.
Did anyone ever try to persuade you not to take up acting as a profession, to do something more practical instead?
Someone tries to talk me out of being a professional actor almost every day. Even when I have a national commercial running someone asks, “So when are you going to get a real job?” I thought it would end when I started making some money, but it didn’t. Until you’re a regular on a TV show or starring in a major movie people assume you’re just doing this to get it out of your system. Hopefully that level of success isn’t
too far off for me; I’d hate to have to keep coming up with witty answers to these questions.
What advice do you have for upcoming Actors? Do you recommend going to acting school or going to college and majoring in theater?
I hold a minority opinion that almost all acting classes are a waste of time. In my years I’ve seen very few people improve
from taking an acting class, and I’ve found almost nothing I’ve learned in a class to be applicable to the job of being a professional actor. The only exception to this has been my improv classes. I’m constantly asked to improvise lines or actions and classes can really help give you a structure
to do that.
Creative writing, being alone and praying.
How did you break into the Nollywood Acting Scene?
The first thing i did was to start acting. I’m shocked at how many actors i meet everyday who’ve done almost no acting before deciding to be a professional. No
one would dare dribble a basketball a couple of times and decide they want to be in the NBA, yet with acting this is oddly common.
What do you do to supplement your Income while you’re waiting for the big break?
I do absolutely everything and anything that talent and creativity is required, to supplement my income. Apart from Acting, I’m also an Entertainer, Web designer,
Promoter, M.C, Model, Talent Manager…. Lol! There are a couple of things I do to make ends meet.
What is the Best part of your Job?
Everything about my Job is awesome. Getting to work is amazing! On almost every project there’s a real feeling of community and a drive to make the finishes product as good as possible. I’ve found this even to be true with some bigger names i’ve worked with. With rare exceptions, everyone simply wants the audience to really enjoy the end result. That spirit of collaboration and drive is super-fun. It’s also a huge kick to see yourself on TV. It’s a great thrill, with dozens of emails and phone calls from fans.
What’s the worst part of your Job?
Hmmmm…. The worst part is that in every stage of a career, it’s easy to go years without landing a paying Job. The competition to get the snallest role is insane; ya!
Do you Enjoy Sex Roles?
(Laughs). Am an Actor. We are not preaching sex!
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