Why I Left Estate Management For Film/Music Production – Rokanmi Akinyemi
Rokanmi is a graduate of Estate Management from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), and he is today a music producer, a film actor and an astute film editor.
He came into the industry in 1999 and since then, he has continued to improve on his chosen career.
He has featured in a film by Femi Fadeyi and he has edited several films such as “Okomilaye Okomilorun”, “After the Rain,”, a film by Rosslyn Sunny Ajose, “Yago” by Olaitan Enitan, “Emotional Tears” by Adebukola Salawu.
He has also produced many artists including Xsmile, Jcross, Baziq amongst others.
In addition, he has produced soundtracks for several wave-making movies.
Rokanmi is currently working on a yet-to-be released international film; “Royal Jins” produced by Femi Fadeyi.
He speaks on his chosen career and why he left estate management for film/music production in this interview.
Can you briefly introduce yourself?
My name is Oluwarokanmi Joseph Akinyemi, a graduate of Estate Management from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State. I am a music producer and a film editor.
What motivated you into the movie industry?
I have always been creative as a young man. My colleagues in school used to call me “multi-talented” because I always did things differently as an Instrumentalist, music producer and with the way I understand computer base applications easily and effectively.
When my attention was drawn to these attributes, I started losing interest in my course of study and I began to acquire more knowledge on entertainment to improve my skills.
I studied hard and I became a bookworm. My mum always scolded me over food as I used to starve myself, and spent all I had on acquiring knowledge. I love lecturing people on entertainment (music & film editing) and so, this made me study even harder before the next day so that they would not beat me to it on knowledge acquisition.
How many years have you spent so far in the entertainment industry?
I started as a music producer in 1999, when I met some great musicians, DJs and producer friends. I started my practice as a film editor in 2014 in a private studio before I joined Mannacomm Entertainment, a renowned film making company in 2015, where I am till date.
What has been your success story so far?
I was involved in three different award winning films including a film by Femi Fadeyi, who is my boss and got nominated as the Editor of “Okomilaye Okomilorun,” and I had three other nominations, but I didn’t win the awards. But my joy is that many of the films I edited won local and International Awards such as ZAFAA UK, BON AWARD, etc.
I have also produced many music artists, who later became successful including Xsmile, Jcross, Baziq amongst others. I have also trained producers, but I will not want mention their names. I make soundtracks for movies some which have really trended.
You will listen to some amazing soundtracks which i am currently working on to an a forthcoming international film “Royal Jins” produced by Femi Fadeyi.
I look forward to receiving an award as the Best Editor someday.
How many films have your featured in?
So many films, the few one i mentioned earlier that were directed by Femi Fadeyi and others like “After the Rain,” a film by Rosslyn Sunny Ajose, “Yago” by Olaitan Enitan, “Emotional Tears” by Adebukola Salawu to mention a few.
Which of the films would you consider as your best or which one brought out the best in you?
My best film is yet to come, which is why reason I study hard to make my latest film the best. “Royal Jins,” which I am currently working on, should be considered as my current best because the next project after this will definitely be better.
Who is your mentor and what made him/her your mentor?
In the film world, there is no other person than Jamie Selkirk, the editor of King Kong (2005). I was so moved by the animations, tricks and logistics in the film I know that someday I am going to edit a movie even better. Talking about Music Production, my mentor is Kanye West
Which year did you join the industry?
“Education is the key. It is never late to go to school, there are part time courses they could do, there is Open University and opportunity for adult education. Let them go for it because at the end, it will make them better persons in their career.”
1999 when I was still in secondary school. I was a freelance editor & producer then. But I will consider 2016 as the year I joined the industry fully because that was the year I professionally joined Mannacom Entertainment.
How many tracks have your done and which of them is your best?
I have produced so many music of which I lost count. Well, I don’t have best because I develop new skills with time. However, I consider “What Else” by Bayziq as the best for now.
As a film actor, where do you aim to be in the next one decade?
I don’t really like to face camera, so I will choose the behind scenes.
“My next plan is to acquire more knowledge through workshops both at home and abroad.”
As an editor, beside awards what are your other expectations?
I have always wanted to be fulfilled in life. This is my talent and it mustn’t get wasted. And of course, my family should be comfortable.
As a music producer, looking at the present trend of music, do you foresee a better future for morally conscious content considering what we have at present?
Yes, it’s the only content that would stand the test of time; which people call evergreen.
As an ambassador of Mannacom what can you say about the company and where do you see it in the next one decade?
At the rate Mannacomm is growing with movie production, TV soaps and the encouragement given to it by back room staff to acquire more skills through workshops, I see the company competing with international film outfits soon.
Having trained some editors in the music and film industries, what is your next plan and how do you intend to achieve it?
My next plan is to acquire more knowledge through workshops both at home and abroad.
As a graduate of estate management from FUTA, what can you say about the institution?
I have learnt the official way of dealing with people. This has really been helping me in my career in the area of getting contracts and signing deals. University education has thought me to know my rights. So, I have never for once see the opportunity of attending FUTA as a waste.
What advice do you have for artistes who don’t have formal education?
Education is the key. It is never late to go to school, there are part time courses they could do, there is Open University and opportunity for adult education. Let them go for it because at the end, it will make them better persons in their career. The day you stop living is the day you stop acquiring knowledge.