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“Spotlight” is a series that focuses on young Nigerian creatives and the amazing things that they’re doing in their various fields. It was started because we wanted to share their stories and individual journeys on the path to success.

This week we’re featuring talented actor, Philips Francis. In his interview, Philips tells us about why he chose to go into acting, the challenges he has faced as an actor, his role models in the Nollywood industry, and what else he does asides from acting.

Check out his interview below:

Philips Francis spotlight

How did you get into acting? Tell us about your acting journey. 
Acting was never on the plan for me, I wanted to be a professional dancer. Acting happened by chance, it was good and I was stuck. I mean, I went for my first audition without knowing what a monologue was and after that, it has been a lot of hard work, training, a lot of NO, and determination.
What type of role would you like to act that you haven’t already acted? 
For sentimental reasons I want to play the role of an identical twin, I feel like it will push me as an actor and I will love to see that.

What do you do to avoid being typecast? 
Anybody can become a typecast, I  believe it comes down to what you want for your brand. We’ve been blessed with social media so your social media accounts can be a platform where you showcase your diversity. I upload a variety of pictures and monologues and this is my room. That way, casting directors can see just how versatile you are.
How do you make sure that you grow as an actor?
There is an old saying that goes “you start to die when you stop learning” This is applicable to all aspects of life. The one thing that is constant in life is change and as an actor, I dedicate a great deal of my time to studying the craft and ways in which I can improve. No matter how good you are at something, there is always room for improvement.

Which Nollywood actor do you look up to?
OC Ukeje and Richard Mofe Damijo
What’s the most memorable thing that has happened to you since you started acting? 
There’s been too many memorable experiences for me to be able to highlight just a single event but it has been amazing.
Take us through how you prepare for a role, how do you get into character? 
If I walk you through every stage then this is going to become a workshop. LOL. But every character is different just as every human being is. So every time I have to prepare for a role, let us just say that I create a whole new person and I pay attention to every single detail
What’s an assumption that people make about acting that isn’t true? 
People really think that acting is super easy, they think that all you need to do is learn the lines and you’re good, I laugh.
What’s the hardest part about being an actor? 
You might think this is weird, but every time an actor is done playing a character, we feel like a part of us is missing, especially if we can’t go back to play that character again. So i will say the hardest part about being an actor is remembering who you are after finishing a job.
Remember your first acting role? What did it feel like being selected for your first role ever? 
I was ecstatic! I couldn’t wait for morning. PS: I was the first person on set
What was it like being on set for the first time? 
I was extremely nervous, I didn’t know where to look, I did not know where the camera was, my first day was a mess. LOL
What’s the most challenging role you’ve ever had to play? 
It is funny how people are always shocked when I say that my character from Mr. X Family show (Kessiana) was the most challenging role’. This is because I have no real-life similarity with Kessiana and I am not a fan of comedy so yes! Kessiana takes the cake.
Asides from acting, are you involved in anything else or would you like to do anything else? 
I am an Actor, Writer, Chef, Fashion enthusiast, and a Creative Director.

To keep up with Philips Francis, follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

By: Dammy Eneli

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