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How To Join Nollywood, Become Nigerian Actor & Actress In Lagos

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Steps To Becoming An Actor, Actress In Nigeria

How to Join the Nollywood movie Industry: a peek into Africa’s biggest movie Industry

Have you ever dreamt of gracing the screens of Nigerian homes and the world at large? Do you sometimes see yourself as one of the Nollywood stars? Who wouldn’t? As a child, I used to play dress up and tried to impersonate my favorite actors. In other words, at one time or the other, some of us have nursed the idea of starring on the big screen.

Being a Nollywood star comes with a lot of attractions; fame, luxury, glitz and glamour. Little wonder why the young ones desperately want to delve in, but a lot of these dreams die because of lack of knowledge on how to go about it.

Breaking into Nollywood may not be an easy ride as it’s a journey that involves patience, hard work, persistence, determination and following due process.

To join in, you need to:

  • Discover yourself(Talent)

Recognize your talent through your eyes and the eyes of others around you and know what you want. It’s not just about knowing how to act but realizing the passion that comes with it as this talent has to be combined with a lot of things for it to speak for you, like: hard work, discipline, creative ability, etc.

  • Attend Auditions

As a newbie, go for every available audition. Of course, be careful to confirm the genuineness of every audition as there are a lot of fraudsters out there who take advantage of the situation to scam unsuspecting people. This role scouting may not be easy at first but then, success does not come overnight and the more you audition the better your chances of being discovered.

  • Be in the Right place

A lot of talents waste away in this country because they are not in the right place. Lagos is known to be the major spot of Nollywood stars as it is home to a lot of them. Although a lot of movies (or most scenes from movies) are not shot in Lagos, most of the creative works start and end here since majority of the film production companies are located in Lagos. Hence, being in the right place can make auditions easier for one looking to join nollywood.

  • Network

While attending auditions and positioning yourself in the right place, you may not land the roles you desire but you can build relationships that can help your Nollywood dream. Connect with people and stay in touch as they may be of help to you, not necessarily immediately but you get to know when there’s a new job on ground.

  • Have an online presence

These days, social media plays a major role in many industries and the movie industry is not left out. For one trying to join the industry, you should have an online presence so as to connect with people in the industry, get useful information on roles and auditions; you can even showcase your talent on these platforms.

In addition to the above points, you should identify with the appropriate bodies governing acting in the country, also try to attend a film school and be versatile. Have a good work attitude while doing all these, and you are on your way to being a star.



  1. joseph

    April 15, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    am Joseph osiegu I have dreamt of joining movie industry but till date I still find it very difficult to do am a comedian and I want to join please help me….08105257446 am at Lagos right now looking forward to meet with any opportunity


    April 18, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    I want to become a nollywood actress and i’ve got what it takes, please i need help 09034794111

    • Peggi Bassey

      February 20, 2020 at 6:05 AM

      Hi! To the respect of Nollywood actors and actresses .
      . I Peggi Bassey from akwaibom
      Requesting in the favour of humility to be part of acting and to become a star 🌟.
      . I have passion in being a writer and an actress. Please to your honour don’t decline my request.
      . Am a 100 level student, Management science. I would really love to work with you guys.
      . Teach me i will follow up with passion.
      . I love you all
      . +23******9793


    May 15, 2019 at 3:02 AM

    I am a young Cameroonian of age 20yrs.I really love your movies and will please love to be part of the industry. I have never acted before but I believe am an actress that’s actually my greatest dream I’m life. I’ll appreciate if you could please give me a chance to exhibit what I have within.


    May 26, 2020 at 9:26 PM

    Have been wanting to be an Nollywood actress but have not get the opportunity to know more about this site,
    Now I think there are so many ways we can be of help to our selves in this country and in a condolence way we should make the country a better place
    Cause there are so many talents wasting out there we need you
    Love you all Actress and Actor looking up to be one of you someday 😍😘😘


    May 26, 2020 at 9:28 PM

    Well I Will be expecting you all to prove to the world that everyone has the opportunity to be great in life

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  6. Praise

    July 19, 2020 at 2:33 AM

    My name is Nduka praise i am very intrested in becoming a nollywood actor i practice every weekend sometimes i write scripts for my self to train my acting skills and i also play musical instruments the point is i am a very talented 13 year old boy and i know that i can impress you all with my acting skills just like young actors/actress [1] Adaeze Onuigbo [2] Mercy Kenneth and others so please if there is any chance of any Nollywood films looking for young teenager as a actor please contact me 080****4758 thank you god bless

  7. Delight Daniel

    July 24, 2020 at 11:08 PM

    hi my name is delight daniel i am actually 13 this year. i would actually want to be a nollywood actress at this age but i am not financially stable. i am in kaduna not lagos.

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