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Can A Nigerian Break Into The American Movie Industry?

Good day to you all. I am new to this forum and do not know if this question has been asked already, though I've tried searching. Can a Nigerian who is resident here break into the American movie industry without his/her accent being a barrier. I watched Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" and wondered why Nigerians or other authentic African Actors and Actresses were not cast in that movie rather than Americans with fake accents. I am talented and would like to feature in an African movie here in the USA. I just don't know how to go about it. Do Nigerian Directors set up auditions here when they come to film? I participate in my church drama which has always been a hit. I live in Houston, Texas. Any pointers? Thanking you in anticipation of your useful advice. God bless.

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Olatunde Osunsanmi is a Nigerian-born director based in the United States. He has directed films like "The Cavern (2005)" & "The Fourth Kind (2009)".

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Absolutely infact if you check the "wikipedia" profiles of some of the best black actors you'd be surprised how many of them are actually African born or have direct parentage from the continent. Nigerian actors are also prevalent in America, as far as the major roles there are only 3 i can think of but Naija actors do exist here in the US. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is my favorite I ADORE that guy. Another favorite of mine is Gbenga Akinnagbe (though like Adewale, hes always playing a thug lol).

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Instead of waiting for the "right place and right time" why not take a more active role in your fate? Pick up a cheap video camera, make a video showcasing your skills and post it on youtube. Start somewhere.

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A Nigerian can break into the hollywood movie industry, if you happen to be at the right place at the right time, accent is not a barrier as some may think. (Arnold Schwarzenegger was able to break in even with his strange accent)

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Independent movie or video podcast production might be a more better way to break into Hollywood,

Because you would have some control? Otherwise, your fate as an actor will depend equally on luck and skill.

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I was a casting agent in the nineties and early 2000. I worked on some hollywood blockbusters specifically casting ethnic actors for various minor roles and as extras. Movies are about stories, and modern hollwood and independent film producers have established a niche for various ethnicities, cultures and accents. Exotism sells and anything outside the fauna of typecast hollywood (white caucasian appeal) is considered exotic and highly saught in modern film. Your accent could and should be an asset, that said you should make effort to assimilate and intergrate the mainstream american lingo to your arsenal to avoid being typecast. If you find that daunting, then learn to be diligently pronounced and deliberate in your manner of speaking regardless of what accent you have. great African American actors like Roscoe lee brown, James earl jones and some that I cant think of right now are immensly admired and demanded in Hollywood for thier voices, Its resonance and depth, a specificity to the African manner of voicing words in english. These actors will be the first to tell you that they practiced long and hard to learn and adapt the "African accent".

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a hint,,,,chiwetel ejiofor, Oris erubhilo and many more big time Holly wood actors are nigerians.

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Its not impossible for a Nigerian to break into the industry but he or she had better be dam good, professional and ready to play hard ball better still dine with the devil

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Oops, I guess I wasn't thinking about Nigerians in the US.

You'll probably have to emigrate to break into another movie market.

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Why not attempt to "break into" other African or third world markets before aiming at the most challenging one?

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Thanks Hayan, I have actually been participating in  stage drama locally for about 6 months now.

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Thanks for that info Needegg. Though I don't know that Actor (Emeka Enyochi), I hope he wouldn't mind you giving out his number. Do you know any movies he featured in?

Cheers,

Rhema

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@ ray, do u no even Americans are queing for roles in d usa? d movie industry in SA is good too,sallywood? why wldnt she stay there and hope for a better future in d industry.

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Thanks Needegg. But do you have any contacts in Nollywood? Do you know of any Casting Director Like Zeb Ejiro or Lancelot Imasuen coming this way? Email addresses? cell phone numbers? Remember I reside in the U.S.

Cheers,

Rhema

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I'd love to see a South African make it in Hollywood, at least they know when to shut up when they should!

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gate intouch with Nollywood gurl!!

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Dolly-Pee, you got my point! In which case one is confined to Nigerian Drama. That's even if the market is big enough here. I never see those Nigerian Directors here. Maybe some of us can participate in their movies. I mean quality ones like Mainframe, Tunde Kelani, Tade Ogidan etc.

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u mean a nigerian 4rm nigeria? d accent is first thing dats gon disqualify one.

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Thanks. But how? Do you know where they advertize?

Much love,

Rhema

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Sure you can it's just a long tough rough road getting there coz there's so many people wanting to breaking into hollywood. Good luck sha and by the way welcome to NL

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sure why not and by the welcome to NL

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