How to become a Nollywood Actor or Actress

Nollywood is Nigeria’s movie industry and has experienced notable growth in recent times. Nollywood movies are watched everywhere in the world, and the existence of movie streaming platforms such as Netflix and YouTube have increased the popularity and success of Nollywood actors. If you are a talented actor, you can easily build a successful career in Nollywood. You will become a celebrity and you stand to enjoy many benefits such as paid acting gigs, a huge fan base and endorsement deals. In this article you will learn how to become a Nollywood Actor or Actress.

Nollywood actors such as Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Odunlade Adekola, Ini Edo, Linda Osifo, Alex Ekubo, Rita Dominic, Uche Jombo, Ramsey Noah, Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva, Sharon Ooja, Timini Egbuson, Mercy Aigbe, Mide Martins, Fathia Williams and a host of many other actors have all built successful careers in Nollywood. So, how can you become a Nollywood actor and share your talent with the world? Keep reading.

 

How to become a Nollywood Actor or Actress

Follow these steps to become a Nollywood Actor

1. Create an acting portfolio

The first step in becoming a Nollywood actor is to create an 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, decide to join a talent agency or contact filmmakers and movie producers. An acting portfolio is essential in your quest to becoming a Nollywood actor, and will help you immensely when you are trying to get acting gigs.

2. Go for auditions

If you want to be a successful Nollywood actor, you have to go for auditions. Auditions are where you can meet with actors, producers, directors, cameramen and a host of other people in Nollywood. The best part is that you get to showcase your raw acting skills in front of casting directors. If your acting skills are up to par, you can get selected to play a role in a Nollywood movie. When you attend auditions, make sure you network properly and make connections with the right people.

If you eventually do not get the role you auditioned for, a relationship built with a director or producer could get you another acting gig in the future. Making connections with other actors at auditions is very helpful. They might let you know about other auditions you could try out, and snagging the role at such auditions could be your big break in Nollywood.

3. Join a talent agency

Especially in Lagos which happens to be the city of choice for Nollywood industry veterans such as producers and film makers, there are several talent agencies for actors which you can join. The advantages you get when you join a talent agency are enormous.

A talent agency will 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. Joining a talent agency is an important step in becoming a Nollywood actor.

4. Showcase your talent on social media

Social media in the past decade has proven to be a great tool for showcasing your acting skills as an aspiring actor. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat are social media platforms that have turned everyday people into Nollywood celebrities. The likes of Broda Shaggi and Wofaifada have managed to level their huge presence on social media to the big screen. Wofaifada is an Instagram comedian who has starred in the African Magic sitcom, Flatmates. Broda Shaggi is a funny comedian popular on Instagram and YouTube who starred in the widely acclaimed Nollywood movie, The Bling Lagosians.

If you would like to become a Nollywood actor, it is important you create a social media account especially on the most popular platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat. Use the same username on all social media platforms so people can find you easily. Make sure the username is memorable and catchy. You should use your first and last or middle name preferably. Then, showcase your acting skills everyday on social media.

Film makers and movie producers are bound to notice you on social media easily if you put in the work. You can make skits with fellow aspiring actors like you. This can help you get a major acting gig in Nollywood if one of your videos goes viral on the internet. Be consistent and post everyday if possible or weekly at the very least.

5. Build a personal brand

A personal brand is very important if you want to become a Nollywood actor. Make sure you craft a personal brand that highlights your strengths as an actor. You can create a niche for yourself in the acting industry. This will help you get certain roles in Nollywood.

You can then branch out into more challenging roles later. Broda Shaggi being a comedian is often cast as a funny character in movies. You can craft your personal brand such that you are known for something. This will help your acting career greatly.

6. Reach out to film producers and film makers

Social media has made it easier to reach out to film producers and film makers in Nollywood. All you have to do is search for their social media accounts and reach out to them. They often have an email address or phone number in their bio through which you can contact them.

7. Attend acting classes

Acting classes are very important for aspiring actors in Nollywood. It is very important that you constantly hone your craft. Nollywood is a very competitive industry; therefore you have to attend acting classes to upgrade your acting skills. There are many talented aspiring Nollywood actors, and you have to keep learning if you want to become successful in Nollywood. There are many film academies founded by different Nollywood actors that offer acting classes.

 

Conclusion

Nollywood actors are becoming even more recognized in the international scene. Nigerian movies are now showcased at film festivals globally and winning several awards globally. If you become a Nollywood actor, you stand to enjoy many opportunities. Gone are the times when being a Nollywood actor was frowned upon. Becoming a Nollywood actor is fast becoming a sure path to career success and fulfillment. The National Bureau for Statistics as far back as 2004 reported that Nollywood employed over 250,000, contributing 1.4% to the GDP.

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113 thoughts on “How to become a Nollywood Actor or Actress”

  1. PLS i have a twin brothers and they are willing to join acting ,but the problem is financial and home to live in lagos they are talented in singing ,acting ,and dancing

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    • DAT nice
      There is a large space for them
      To show their talent in music ,dancing, acting
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    • Good evening sir/ma please I have been in Lagos for a year now, but the issue there is, I apply for an audition to showcase my talent but still yet they have not sent me an email. Please I beg you in the name of God if anyone can be my sponsor I’ll be very grateful I study theatre art as a course at University. I have a lot of talent in the movie industry pleased just give me a chance to showcase my talent. Acting has been mine dream ambition right from childhood, I also try (AGN) Actor Guide of Nigeria nothing good came out. And I don’t have that connection, the only connection I have is God please help me. I stay in VGC Lagos thanks.

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  3. Good evening please I will like to join the acting career I have always had passion 4 acting ever since I was little . pls help me

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  4. Please I want to join the nollywood.
    I have had that passion ever since ,
    Am 15years old.
    Is there a chance that I can be chosen.

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  5. Am well talented in acting
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  6. I so much love acting, that from my primary,to tertiary level in school I’ve been elected the drama and social director in each school..i really wush the world will see me act…I don’t know what my next step to victory is,..but I believe someday, I’ll be there…much love for nollywood.

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  7. am Emmanuella by name I have passion for acting, please can you help me to showcase my talent to the world? add me on Facebook
    Isabella leo thanks

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    • Hi my name is Angel Lawal am a good actress and dancer, am 11 years i will be really grateful if you can help me out as a young actress and it has been a dream since I was 5 year old

    • So people like me are many online. Acting has been my dream since five years old. But I don’t know the way I can join acting. please I need urgent help.

  8. Am a ugandan very talented though have never been exposed but interested if i can have a link i will be very greatfull.

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  9. Good even plz I think I have passion in acting and mostly the part of a fat lady.the scene of always crying I think am very good with it

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  10. I am so passionate about acting and I can sing very well as well……..I will like to be a famous actress with your support,thanks.

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  11. Good evening everyone I am Julia from warri I can art film but I don’t no were to start from but if I see anybody that can help me I will pay any money the person ask me to pay this is my number [removed] thank u very much

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  12. Good evening I am nelson Julia I live in warri I am 16 year old I am in SS3 in DomDomingos college I love to join arting please help me my mom said she can do anything for me if is arting I want please help me thank u love u all number [removed]

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    • Good morning my name is Destiny Joel I’m from delta state, am 20 years ago
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  16. Hi I am 17 years old and I am a very talented actor. Acting has been my dream all days. I need some help to achieve my talent and ambition

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  18. Please if anyone can hear me out, I’m a script writer by talent and I also learn alot about it and I also have a good talent of acting.

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  19. Goodevening,please am Davek from Bayelsa,am 16 years old ,i have a passion for acting,singing, event management and also do Mc jobs for events and would love to join the movie industry.

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  20. Good evening every body my name is nwabueze Kelly, kelechi am schooling at onitsha am in ss2 pls I want to join nollywood industry. And I am well talented ln dancing singing and arting

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  21. I have had passion for acting since I was a child,I have connection with some film producers and directors but the problem is money. Each time they tell me about a shooting I become sad because I would be able to go because no money, and the place I stay is very far from the shooting location. So how what do I do?

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  22. I have had passion for acting growing up but time and situation will not allow me, please how can I locate the place for audition?

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  25. Hi am John Roman and I love acting moving I have many movies I want act like sugar Rush brother and the Tiny King and life of lies in Nollywood please help me i have so many drama i will like to act please call me [removed] I live in Benin

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  26. Am Gideon Felix I have passion in acting movie, I want to be an actor so that through my acting people will realize their mistake and hold on to their responsibilities

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  27. Greetings, I am Gosiki Edesiri victor by name, from delta state, Ughelli North,L.G.A.
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  28. am Priscilla by name
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  29. Greetings, am Chinasa, from Enugu in Awgu town L.G.A and am 22 years old.
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  30. I have a brother who is extremely talented with acting skills and has a crew who’s member are very good in acting too… They just need connection pls
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  31. I love watching movies, it has always be my biggest dream of becoming an actor. I wish to partake in acting. i need help plss!!

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  32. Pls my name is George Tor, I’ve been acting comedy for a while now and I need a connection to the Nollywood movie industry to become a successful actor, that’s my calling.

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    • Good evening I am from Nigeria but I live in Italy, please I will like to become an actor.
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  33. My name is David Ikechukwu and I am a very good actor. I live at Uyo , if you can in any way assist me I will be very grateful.

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  34. As a young girl, I so much have passion and love to showcase my talent as an actress, am talented in so many aspect of acting like (crying, singing). I strongly believe I will achieve my dream if I can find help and i will be greatful if someone will be willing to sponsor me.
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    • Good day everyone
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  35. I love being an Actor, just need someone to help me showcase my talent to the world like sir Nkem Owoh, so that my dream for being an Actor won’t get wasted.. [removed] Chukwujekwu Princewill.
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  36. Hi everyone, my name is Hassana I want to showcase my talent, please I need a connection to the Nollywood industry, I can act and I can sing as well, please help me. Thanks

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  37. I love to be an actor, it has been part of my life since when I was a child. So please if there is any opportunity for me please this my WhatsApp number [removed]

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  38. Please, Olamilekan is my name, I have a passion for acting in any film. I live in Iseyin local government Oyo state. Please how will you help me to be a Nollywood actor?

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  39. Good morning sir /ma am very much interested in action it has been my focus of ambition for long but I have not gotten any opportunities to showcase my talents pls I need assistance to show up my acting career

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  40. Well that’s also my dream

    All my life I had wanted to become a Nollywood actress. ….but I can’t reach it because of low capital…..
    And accommodation cuz right now am at Calabar…so I can’t reach you guys.

    So I’ll b glad if I get your WhatsApp number so we can talk more

    Thanks for understanding..may God grant you to do my wish

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  41. I have always love acting ever since I was born till now, I have been In so many entertainment group but still there is no short coming, please my destiny is calling me but no help, please help me

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  42. Good day my name is Wisdom, I am a comedian but I want to join the Nollywood Industry acting and comedy is my dream

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  43. I wanted to become an actress since I was 15, but no money or connections… I even write my own script.. Please can I get in… I will really appreciate it

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  44. Please I really want to join Nollywood actor please and I can act please I beg you in the name of God please pick me I wouldn’t let you people down please I beg on your behalf please

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  45. Am seyi and people call me stegy due to the talent I have…I act as a comedian and I need a supporter to help me cause I have no gaurdian to help me… follow me on Instagram@boy_stegy93
    God bless you if you can help me

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  46. I Am James, known by friends as Sir James, am so curious about joining the acting team. I have a lot of talent to showcase all I need is a sponsor, please I would be grateful if I can get a sponsor and I promise to stay committed to the rules.

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