Kate Henshaw, a Nollywood actress, dislikes the cliché of aspiring actresses longing for fame in the entertainment industry..
According to TSZ Naija, the thespian on the latest cover of DTNow Magazine, while giving advice to aspiring actors and actresses, stated becoming a star should not be a priority.
Young Nollywood stars, according to the movie star, should focus on their love for the craft and their ability to learn every day.
To back up her statement, Kate Henshaw mentioned some advice she received from veteran actor Olu Jacobs and how it benefitted her.
She also advised aspiring Nollywood performers to be modest, have a teachable spirit, and learn from those who have been in the field.
“Don’t come for the fame,” she says. Don’t come in and say, “I want to be a celebrity.” I despise those words. I mean, that could happen, and you’d be a star, but how would you keep it up? Sustainability. Maintenance.
It’s where the action is. You arrive with your shoulders in the air; you don’t respect those who came before you; that’s one of my pet peeves. I apologize. You don’t greet, and you’re unwilling to learn. It will not last, and it is not a curse.
You must keep an eye on those who came before you who are still in the game and relevant. I won’t identify names because you can look them up. Come for the love of the trade; come to learn; I am constantly learning.
“I recall Uncle Olu Jacobs telling me to be willing to study and improve myself. Examine what is being done in the field—the practices. I’ve worked on theatre, television, and movies.
I am inspired by various actors in Hollywood and Bollywood. I’d like to see how they do it. Angela Bassett, who is 60-something, is at the top of my list. We are, after all, following her.