Popular Nollywood actor Timini Egbuson has revealed the struggles he went through during his early days in acting.
The actor, who happened to be the younger brother of a talented Nollywood actress, Dakore Egbuson Akande, said that his sister told him back then that Nollywood was not lucrative.
The role interpreter disclosed this as a guest on the ‘Tea with Taymesan’ podcast.
“I knew I was not going to do 9-5 because I am very restless. I knew that waking up in the morning being in traffic, won’t be what it will be. So I started to look for alternatives, I knew I was not going to do ‘Yahoo’. I can’t be in a Police station or be in a cell. A lot of people at that time were going into that. Sometimes, guys will tell you, won’t you carry laptop? This one you are going to movie sets. Even Dakore used to tell me at the time that there is no money in Nollywood. What will you be doing?”
He also noted that he made up his mind not just to be a talented actor, but a marketable brand.
“That’s why from the beginning it might seem like it was strategic, but it was more of a divine direction that I got from God to make sure that I am building a brand as well that people want to see. What these other guys don’t understand is that you can’t only be a good actor, you have to be a marketable brand,” he said.
When asked how he had been coping with being in the spotlight, he replied: “I have always loved the spotlight, I have always found myself in the spotlight. If I stand at the corner of the wall, the spotlight will come. The battle I have internally is this: ’Am I switching up, am I becoming a different person?”