Ope Keshinro: Be creative and always think of ways to stand out
Social media has opened us to a whole new world of content and skit creators. Anytime you need a quick laugh throughout the day, you can check your timeline to see silly skits, dances, and voiceovers. There is an abundance of hilarious men and women on social media making us smile, thereby improving the mental health of a lot of people. While there are so many well-known and upcoming content creatives out there, some stand out because of their aura and mode of delivery. One of such people is the incredibly talented and beautiful Ope Keshinro, popularly known as SwitOpe. Ope is an on-air personality, a voiceover artist, and an actress. As a lover of arts from a young age, she honed her talents in secondary school, where she was always either in dance or drama groups. She then went on to further refine her budding talent at the prestigious University of Lagos where she graduated with a B.A degree in Creative Arts (Theatre Major). She currently works with HotFM Lagos 93.3, where she hosts the midday show. More recently, SwitOpe harnessed the power of social media to gain widespread popularity with her comedic skits where she portrays several characters to hilarious effect. She was recently featured on CNN alongside other content creators. Currently expanding her talents to the big screen and will be featuring in several upcoming movies, she shares her Inspiring story in this exclusive interview with Esther Ijewere
I was born and brought up in Lagos, Nigeria. Growing up was fun for me, because I have four siblings (2 sisters and 2 brothers), so I had playmates.
My dad still tells stories of how I used to mimic any and everything that happened at home or in school while he was away, and immediately he gets back, I would describe and act it out to him.
I was also always in all the plays, dance groups and choir groups in school. Because of my interests in the arts, I went on to study Creative Arts (Theatre major) at Unilag where things started becoming a bit more serious for me and I started thinking about doing this as a career. So yes, my childhood played a big part in preparing me for what I do now.
Inspiration Behind ‘Switope’ Platform
I have always had the ‘Switope’ handle across all my social media platforms and I got the name from one of my sister’s roommates in university that year, Sonia. She asked me to help her with something and I did without hesitating and she went on and on about how sweet I was and then called me ‘Sweet Ope’. I liked it and changed my Facebook name to that, and the rest is history.
I also did not start out thinking I will use social media to showcase my talents. However, as you know, I have always had the passion for entertaining people and during the pandemic and lockdown, I felt that I could entertain and help put some smiles on people’s faces and things took off from there.
The Journey So Far
It has been a long and interesting journey. I tend to look at an artist’s journey in three phases: learning, growth, and established phases. Looking back now, my learning phase started from my acting and dancing in primary school. Without learning those basics, I would not have had the skill and confidence to go down this path. However, in the past year, I have moved into early stages of the growth phase; I’ve added more dimensions to my performances and I’ve matured a lot as an entertainer.
I expect to continue this growth phase over the next few years and increase my versatility. Following that, I am looking forward to getting into the established phase and there is still a long way to go so watch this space.
Being A Voiceover Artist, Actor, Content Creator, And Managing It All
With such a busy schedule, I must be focused and extremely organised. I have a well thought out schedule that helps to compartmentalise and deliver in all aspects of my life. For example, I have set times for my radio show, which do not change. So, I can plan around it. Outside of those set times; I search for new content and practice my acting lines. I then ensure that I give myself enough time to record and edit any videos I need to post. My days can be long, but because I’m doing what I love, it is very fulfilling.
My CNN Feature
It has only been a few days so it is hard to say how it has affected my journey so far. But one thing is for certain, it made me realise that indeed, people are watching.
Challenges Of My Work
In the world that we are in nowadays, a lot of people are one-hit wonders, and it is very challenging to ensure that I don’t fall into that trap. So, I have to always keep my content fresh and engaging.
Other Projects And Activities
I am a radio host and a certified voiceover artist and you probably must have heard my voice on an advert/jingle or on my radio show. I am also an actress and I have featured in a few acting roles. Most recently, I featured in a sitcom, which will be out soon. I am very keen on getting more prominent acting roles and I am constantly on the lookout for opportunities in this area.
Three Women Who Inspire Me
Genevieve Nnaji, because growing up, I watched her and really wanted to be like her some day. Seeing that after many years she’s still very relevant in Nollywood, is something huge.
Funke Akindele Bello, also because I grew up watching her and people say women are not funny, but she is one of those that have changed that narrative.
Beyonce, because I admire her work ethics, I haven’t worked with her yet but It’s not easy being a mom and an entertainer and she pulls it off effortlessly.
Nuggets On How To Become A Good Content Creator
Be creative and always think of ways to stand out. Someone has probably already done what you want to do, but yours can be more creative or more inspiring or even funnier. You need to constantly think of what makes your craft unique.
Being A Woman Of Rubies
I am a woman of Rubies because I am inspiring, and in my own little way, I try to make the world a better place by putting smiles on people’s faces.
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