British-Nigerian actor, John Boyega was hyped, psyched and super excited to have a fun day with the Accelerate team and family to share his ‘journey’ and experience in filmmaking, but his excitement was incomparable with ours.
John Boyega met with filmmakers, actors and film enthusiasts at the Accelerate TV Masterclass: The Journey over the weekend. The actor told a compelling story of his journey to mainstream Hollywood, as well as answering questions from guests.
Here are 5 takeaways from his Masterclass:
John Boyega explained how after his first big movie in the UK – ‘Attack The Block’ – his foray into Hollywood was met with continuous rejections despite several attempts and auditions; and in hindsight, he realized that had he gotten the roles he auditioned for, or a big break at this time, he would have failed. He agreed he wasn’t ready, went back and worked on himself. Watched his own movies and learnt from them. This advised him that development is important; working hard to develop oneself; so that should the opportunity come, you would be ready.
Boyega told the audience that there’s more to the film industry than being ‘just’ an actor or actress. There’s the production part, cinematography, directing, even set doctors… it goes on and on. Understanding the different facets of the business of filmmaking helps you to be more grounded and even better at your chosen path. He advised a deeper understanding of every part.
While waiting for the confirmation that he’d star in his biggest movie yet, Star Wars, John Boyega was also offered roles in Terminator and Power Rangers – big movies as well, but the only way he could get either of those was to forfeit confirmation of Star Wars. Instead he took the risk, a risk so huge if the Star Wars confirmation didn’t come through, he’d have lost out on all three movies. He decided to take the risk, one that would change the course of his story and career forever. Take risks, he says, as you go higher you understand the risks to take even better.
You can’t buy passion, Boyega explains. He narrates how the passion for movie making, acting has always been in him, with no passion whatsoever for a 9 – 5. He advises to follow your passion and work hard on it.
Boyega says most actors don’t take criticism too well, but solidly advises against this. To actually make progress in your art, you need to take a step back and listen to people, people you respect.
The event rounded off with selfies and interactions with the audience. The John Boyega Accelerate TV Masterclass was emotional, heartfelt and engaging; as the actor connected deeply with the participants.
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