Acting is my dream career, says Nollywood actress, Sarian Oruene
Popular Nollywood actress, ex-beauty queen, and entrepreneur, Sarian Martin Oruene have revealed that her acting career is a reflection of a dream come through.
Oruene shot into the limelight after she bagged the role of Amaka in the movie “Freda” an Africa Magic original love drama about a wealthy blogger who does everything to control her relationship and make sure her man doesn’t earn more than her.
She has also starred in other productions like “Over And Over Again”, “A Toast To Forever”, and “And Call To Bar”, among others. In this interview, Oruene speaks about her career and industry.
Can you take us through your acting journey?
My acting journey started when I was in secondary school, we did a production in school and then in my church before I came to Lagos and officially took it as a carrier in 2019 after I finished the university. I studied fine art at Niger Delta University.
Tell us about your background and your education.
I come from a Christian family of seven from Nembe and Ogbia in Bayelsa State. I schooled in Bayelsa till my university level. I attended Niger Delta University.
What inspired you to take up a career in acting?
The inspiration came naturally as I’ve always dreamt of being an actor.
How was your first experience in the industry?
My first experience was years back in school when we had a production group.
How and when did you discover your passion for acting?
I discovered my passion for acting in secondary school when I did my very first production and since then I knew that I was going to chase the Carrier after school.
So far, how has the industry been for you in terms of challenges?
So far the only challenge I’ve had is being persistent because I have one business and also dabble into politics once in a while so it’s a bit challenging to do everything at once. At the end of the day, I handle all so well.
Asides from acting, is there any other thing you engage in?
Asides from acting, I have a beauty salon and spa, I do interiors, supply sand, and humanitarian services. I’m an event MC and host too, as well as a hotelier.
How profitable has the acting career been for you?
An acting career is very profitable when you are talented. You are paid accordingly to your talent and your years of experience.
There’s this notion that Nollywood actresses usually sleep their way to get roles or have sexual relationships with producers to break even in Nollywood. Is this true?
No, it’s not true. As long as you are a good actress and you carry your lines well and your passion matches your ability then you don’t need to sleep with anybody to get to the top.
Who do you regard as your role model and why do you want to emulate his or her career?
I have two favorites. acting as the younger sister to Nadia Buhari and acting as a bartender to Ramsey Nouah, I consider them legends in acting and grew up watching them.
Do you have professional training in any acting techniques?
Yes, I’ve trained myself in acting professionally to aid the natural actor in me.
What productions have you acted in before?
I’ve acted in several that I don’t remember their titles anymore but I can list a few that I love’ Over and over again on Prime Video, Freda airs on African Magic showcase and can also be watched on YouTube, A Toast to Forever, Merry men 3 and many others.
Is there any role you can never accept?
There is no role I can’t act in, I’m open to all because I love challenges and playing different roles all the time.
Have you progressed in your acting career as you expected?
Yes, I have progressed as expected.
The entertainment industry is said to be full of stress and pressure; what do you do to tackle the pressure that comes with your work?
What makes me stand out from other actresses is my personality, only I can play the role in my way and kill it differently.
How do you react to a negative review of a performance?
I don’t have anything that’s not of general knowledge, I’m an open book, I’m just a private person that does community work.
What is your greatest strength as an actress?
My greatest strength as an actor is my ability to take in lines very quickly and accurately without making mistakes and how swiftly I get into character.
What advice do you have for young people who are just starting their careers, specifically concerning Nollywood?
My advice for young people coming into acting is that they should be self-confident and be less desperate but still persistent in their drive to act and have an open mind to learn.
Do you have any projects you are working on currently?
Yes, I have some ongoing projects but due to the nondisclosure I signed, I can’t talk about them yet. Keep in touch with my growth and you’ll find out.