ADVERTISING JOB OFFER FROM GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED (GLO); A PLEASANT MOMENT IN MY ACTING CAREER – OLAKUNLE DA-SILVA
Olakunle Da-Silva in a chat with Wale Adegbuyi, gave an insight into how he came into the industry and the grace he had to combine his passion with his source of income, many also wonders why he features in very few films, he exposed all that in this interview as well as his good moment and triumph.
Can we have a brief introduction?
My name is Olakunle Da-silva. Born 30th May 1970, in Lagos State, Brazilian Quarters of Lagos Island. Attended St. Mary’s Private School and Holy Cross Cathedral Primary School, Lagos Island. I had my Secondary school education at Government College Victoria Island. I also attended Lagos State Technical College where i bagged my Dip in Garment Making & Textile Design. I also have a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Sociology from the Lagos State University (LASU).
May we know what motivated you into acting as a graduate of Sociology and a trained Garment maker and designer?
I started my acting career at the Technical College. Back then, we go around schools performing on stage. So I started with stage acting and from there I met a childhood friend who is into movie acting and I told her I am also interested in it and she introduced me to the appropriate association. That was how I became a member of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Art Practitioners (ANTP).
“I don’t joke with my family oo! They are my all. I want them to be great in life so I put my all into their overall training.”
Can we be privileged to know the year you started stage and the year you joined the screen industry?
I started stage acting in 1989 and I joined the screen in 2004
Can you tell us the title of your first screen job and your experience?
The first movie I featured in was “Eto Ikoko” (Confidential Right) produced by the lady that introduced me into the movie industry, Mary Joseph. The movie featured, Sola Sobowale, Funsho Adeolu, Late Moji Olaiya, Mama Taiwo Hassan and my humble self. And it was directed by Mr. Yemi Amodu. The experience was wonderful. I was meeting the casts for the very first time and they were all friendly with me. They never took advantage that I was a greenhorn. Most especially Late Moji Olaiya (May her soul continue to rest in perfect peace), she’ll call me privately on set to correct my errors and that endeared me to her.
Good one! Having spent 14years as a screen actor, what would you tell us had been your challenges so far?
The unprofessional attitude of my colleagues. From the producer that wants to produce with stipends yet want to make millions by ripping off the artistes, to the ones that brings in unqualified artistes on set for their selfish reasons. To the pirates that are not helping matters.
“Aside acting, I am a Civil Servant and a Fashion expert.”
hmmmm! As a professional in the industry, what can you recall as your most pleasant moment?
My pleasant moment was when I got an advertising job with Sanyeri from Glo with the influence of Funke Akindele who is their Ambassador. We were invited for auditioning amongst several other actors from different parts of the country and we were among the few that scaled through. And you know what means from a Communication giant.
Good one! Where do you see yourself in the next 10years in this industry?
Next 10 years, without resting on my oars and with the blessings of Almighty God, I see myself at the pinnacle of the movie industry
Cool! Now that the MOPICON is now approved how do you think that will regulate the industry and how do you think we can combat piracy and bring it to the barest minimum?
Well MOPICON was established to bring sanity into the industry, fight for the rights of both crew and casts and also support them. On how it’ll regulate the industry. If when it goes into full operation, the machineries put in place by the government will surely do the needful but seriously, there is still a lot of work to be done. I believe Rome was not built in a day, so slow and steady, we’ll get there.
“I started my acting career at the Technical College. Back then, we go around schools performing on stage.”
Good! In your candid opinion, do you think DSTV and other cable station has done well for the film industry or the service has marred the industry?
They have done well. They really have tried. While dealing with them, everything is well documented and they stand by their words. Most importantly, they have helped us improve on the contents we produce
How do you see the industry in the next ten years?
Improvement. The government and some stake holders have invested enormously into the industry
Good! What advice would you give to the upcoming act?
They should be patient and not be too desperate to achieve success by crooked means.
So far! How many films have you produced?
Two “Ofin” and Asejere
What is the market value of the two film produced, can you rate it as success?
The market value of Ofin was enormous because it was a multi-million project while the other, though a success but was a smaller project
Are you into any other business or profession outside filmmaking and acting?
Emmm, Yes! Acting though a passion to me but I am not into full time, that is why you won’t find me in almost every movie you watch. I select which movies I feature in because of my busy schedules. Aside acting, I am a Civil Servant and a Fashion expert.
That is great! How do you cope managing the ever busy acting schedule with civil service and fashion design?
Seriously, it’s not too difficult. Everything is about planning. Remember I told you I am not into acting full time. It’s a hobby, so what I do is that, anytime I am invited for a movie shoot, I tend to make arrangements with the Production Manager or whoever to schedule my scenes to weekends. So from Friday after the close of work, I zoom off to the set. Before then I l’d had packed everything in my car before going to work. Thus making it easy. But I make use of Annual leave a lot though because by then I have a longer free time to myself to allow me do my thing. As for the Fashion stuff, you know it’s not possible I act everyday so I do that during my spare time as well. The key point here is planning. I am very good at that.
”My pleasant moment was when I got an advertising job with Sanyeri from Glo with the influence of Funke Akindele who is their Ambassador. We were invited for auditioning amongst several other actors from different parts of the country and we were among the few that scaled through.”
Whao! As a family man, can you rate yourself as a responsible married man and how do you relate with female fans and admirer?
I don’t joke with my family oo! They are my all. I want them to be great in life so I put my all into their overall training. As for the female fans, we can’t separate that from our everyday life. They abound everywhere. Not just in the movie profession alone so when they come, I deal with them maturely. Remember, I am also a Sociologist and in simple terms, it’s the scientific study of human beings. So dealing with women is not a major challenge.
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Thank you very much for everything. May Almighty God bless all that is yours, Amen