Famous Nigerian actor and filmmaker, Olayinka Quadri in his recent Instagram chat with Comedian Gbenga Adeyinka de first stated that people now join the movie industry for fame, not for passion.
According to the 60-year-old movie producer, many join the industry just because of the kind of lives emulated by top thespians without having a passion for acting.
Comparing the modern-day industry with the old, the ace actor recalled how he joined the industry when people acted for passion without expecting a huge pay.
He said “I was working for my father before I joined the industry. Then, it was difficult for me to tell anyone I was involved in ‘theatre’. I was doing it without anyone’s knowledge.
“In those days, 90 percent of actors did it for passion. No one expected to be paid for acting back then. My father was a very successful and rich businessman; you can ask anybody In Lagos. Poverty didn’t make me become an actor. I joined willingly without the knowledge of my parents.”
“I tell people that I started using cars in 1982 and since then, I have never been without a car, not even for one month. It could be a small or big car, but then we were acting for the passion and when one does it for the passion, one dedicates a hundred percent of one’s efforts to it.
“But today, people see the likes of Funke Akindele, Faithia Balogun and Iyabo Ojo and decide they want to join the industry because of the fame. The passion is missing and that is why the real sense of belonging is not there.” National Sportslink gathered