Kingsley Nwachukwu: I lost jobs because I don’t have followers on my social handles
Kingsley Nwachukwu is an actor, model and content creator. He hails from Umuahia North Local Council of Abia State.
Born in Lagos, he is from a family of six. Nwachukwu got a degree in Mass Communication from the National Open University.
Having taken a break from the industry after his big break in Africa Magic’s Hotel Majestic where he played ‘Maja’, he had also featured in AY’s crib, Bella’s place, Eve and Enakhe. In this interview with IJEOMA THOMAS-ODIA, he shares the challenges of returning to the industry after a break.
Since your big break with Hotel Majestic, what have you been up to all this while?
I did a couple of jobs and along the line, took a break from the industry. I went under the radar for a few years, worked on myself, and improved my skill and craft. I also got involved in other projects.
Share with us how you developed your passion for acting?
It all started in my childhood. I used to be in the church drama group and my mum was also an actress. She has featured in a few Yoruba movies and that was how I took interest in acting fully.
How much of an influence is your mum to your acting career?
My mum has been a solid backbone. She has always supported me, financially, morally and spiritually. She has always said I am different and born to be a star. She has stood by me all the years, even after I took a break from the industry.
It has not been easy coming back to the industry; things have changed. Things are going so fast that you need to try and keep up. If you don’t keep up in a month or two, you will be left behind. It has been really challenging, but then I believe that something bigger and better is coming.
You are also a model. How are you able to hone your skill?
When I came into the industry fully, I started off as a model. I did a lot of jobs from runway to billboards, even pageantry, but I also went to acting school to hone my skill at the same time and went for workshops.
What do you consider your interests and competencies?
My interest is to keep working on myself, improve my skills and become a phenomenal amazing and successful actor. I also aim to hit Hollywood. I know for sure that my competence is off the charts to pull me through.
What should we be expecting from you? Share with us movies you have featured in recently.
Expect a whole lot more, a whole different level of the brand Kingsley Nwachukwu. From Igbo to Yoruba comedy and many more and I have got some movies coming up soon like Wrong Signals, Church Love, and Nwanyi Ike.
What do you consider the challenges in the Nigerian movie industry?
The fact that the industry has changed and the rate at which the industry is growing fast, if you don’t get busy or get going with it one way or the other, you’ll be left out.
So, one just has to be consistent, and stay relevant one way or the other. Also, there are lots of amazing up-and-coming actors but it’s sad that there are little or no opportunities for them and it’s now about what you can offer not what they can offer you.
Take me, for instance, I have lost a couple of jobs because I don’t really have followers on my social handles. So, it’s not really about if you can act or your skill anymore, it’s by what you can offer. And when you finally get a gig, the pay is demoralising and degrading. It’s sad because the desperation is real, so if you don’t take that offer the next person will take it for even a lesser fee.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is a way of life, it means lifestyle. I should be able to have an idea of the kind of person you are, judging from your fashion sense. Fashion in a way depicts one’s life.
What is your style?
My style has always been simple and classy. I love to keep it simple and classy be it expensive or not. The most important thing for me is keeping it simple and classy always.
What is your favourite local dish?
Egusi soup and semo
Describe Kingsley in three words.
Cool, calm and collected.
If you have the opportunity to change something in the industry, what will it be?
I’ll love to change the narrative of not giving the young up-and-coming actors the chance to hit big shots in the industry and create more opportunities for themselves. The sky is big enough for every bird to fly in it.