In an interview with Vanguard reporter, Frederick has talk about so things includes marriage;
Frederick Leonard is a numerous, grant winning entertainer who has throughout the long term satisfied his obligations to fame. Since the time he made his presentation in Indian Doctor, the alumni of Biochemistry has never thought back, winning honors and trees.
Having gone through very nearly twenty years in media outlets, the Anambra State-conceived has developed; from acting, to delivering and all the more as of late, turning into a chief film maker.
In this meeting, he discusses his work, the cost for notoriety, and offers some helpful hints for remaining pertinent in savagely serious Nollywood. Extracts.
Before long, you would be 20 years in the film business. How has the excursion been?
The excursion has been very fascinating. I have adapted such a great amount in the zone of cast improvement, associate relationship and business side of showbiz. At this moment, I am a film maker and chief film maker. Along these lines, I would state that it was anything but a misstep coming here in my mid twenties. I have taken a superior piece of the years I spent in Nollywood to gain proficiency with the ropes. Presently, things are solid. It has been an incredible encounter not without its obstacles. I am grateful to God for his gifts and focusing his light of favor upon me. It is an excursion I would energize any individual who gets spotlight and consistency to set out on.
What are the costs you paid for fame?
The costs you pay are perpetual. As a well known individual, many individuals would feel they know you and make you a subject of conversation. Individuals who haven’t met you, would have a ton to state about you. Also, once in a while, it very well may be very irritating. Here and there, you award interviews and the sensationalist newspapers cast a dreadful title text, and individuals judge you dependent on that without perusing the meeting. Individuals make outrages and bind you to it. Once in a while people simply swell your age; at the present time, Google has made me four years more seasoned than my genuine age. There is a great deal going on. Yet, the slander of character is very agonizing. Beside that, you additionally lose your protection. You need to execute, individuals know it’s you, at that point they blow up costs since they feel you have the cash. Fame has its highs and lows.
In the event that you didn’t address those costs, what do you figure your profession way would be today?
Coming into showbiz where no one gives you a possibility; and with a great deal of obstacles to cross, I presumably probably won’t get a few things that would assist me with supporting fame.
Youthful entertainers generally face some getting teeth challenges. What were yours?
At the point when we came in 19 years prior, there was no online media. I feel that individuals coming into showbiz now are very fortunate. You can do a speech and put out there. You can likewise ship off chiefs and makers through their Direct Messages via web-based media. Here and there, they probably won’t react however they have seen it. Presently, we didn’t have such advantages. We needed to consistently bounce on molue transports and travel to and fro to go to tryouts. At that point, the group was huge. You need to experience a great deal to be perceived. At that point, the compensation was normally bad when you’re simply beginning since you have no business esteem. You need to contribute a ton of years. Another test was acknowledgment by the review crowd.
For a vagrant, how could you climate challenges; did you receive tutors to direct you?
I lost my dad when I was 20 and my mum, at 36. Presently, I am in my mid 40s. Thus, I turned into a vagrant as a grown-up. I just turned into a touch more cautious and responsible for my activities; and answerable for the individuals around me. I would state that the greatest test is that I miss them and it gets me extremely passionate.
What was that one single terrible second that nearly made you dump acting?
I used to feel time was running out; that presumably, I should have a go at something different. Be that as it may, my mom, while she was alive, a few times said to me, “when you were conceived, a star was conceived. I am your mom and my impulses can not be right. Adhere to this, it would pay off.”
Inside the time you entered the film world and now, a few entertainers have gone back and forth; what methodology do you need to guarantee a long and productive profession?
To begin with, I would state God’s beauty and favor. I have additionally accepted my position truly. Many individuals don’t comprehend that it isn’t about how delightful or attractive you look. Filmmaking resembles evangelism. Also, as an Evangelist, individuals you’re lecturing must associate with the gospel that you’re lecturing. They should interface genuinely to what in particular you’re stating. You must be persuading; that is the main way they would presumably become tied up with your religion. Same with filmmaking; as an entertainer, author or chief, you should be exceptionally predictable and persuading in your story lines. That way, you manufacture a passionate fan base and that keeps you pertinent. I have accepted this position genuinely and I keep on horning my artworks and attempt various procedures in acting. These are what have kept me pertinent in the business.
Youthful entertainers are focused on the glitz side of acting and don’t get ready for mature age as we’ve seen with numerous entertainers kicking the bucket in penury. What do you think should constantly be possible?
Nollywood is a developing industry and a ton of things are as yet not set up. In the event that the Guilds are the place where they ought to be, a ton of protection polices, wellbeing polices and more would accompany the bundle. However, at the present time, we don’t have all that.
Thus, while you’re still in business and popular, fire contributing and concoct strategies that can ensure you during the stormy days. He who has ears, allowed him to hear.
This business isn’t for the glitz. Time travels extremely quick; before you know it, you’re old and you should have something to show for it before it occurs.
How has this time of Covid affected on your vocation?
The year 2020 will consistently be recognized as the year COVID-19 shut the world down. I think for us all in the big time, it has encouraged us to be more imaginative with what we do. I don’t feel that it has affected emphatically on anyone’s vocation. It has kind of cut down the amount we might have accomplished.
A few people are of the view that Nollywood has arrived at its pinnacle and is correct now lessening. What is your interpretation of the condition of the Nigerian film industry?
Nollywood has not arrived at its pinnacle. Indeed, even Hollywood in the USA lacks to its pinnacle. They keep concocting various kinds of films and satisfying the crowd.
Nollywood is simply beginning and I have high expectations that in the following not many years, we would have the option to contend well with content creation on worldwide level and set Nigeria up for life; for numbers, yet for quality also.
What will you do another way to additional lift profitability and innovativeness in the film business in the event that it is inside your ability?
I’ll set up additionally preparing foundations, guarantee that specific polices are passed into law that would ensure Nollywood is appropriately controlled. It has become an any and all individuals illicit relationship. That is the reason you have not many quality motion pictures and a ton of trashes. I would likewise guarantee that every individual who needs to rehearse in Nollywood, regardless of whether cast or group, can not do as such until the person experiences these preparation organizations. As cruel as this may sound, the result would make a delightful encounter for the survey crowd.
Being a mainstream entertainer, what are the misinterpretations a few individuals from the general population have about you and how have you been attempting to address it?
Individuals simply take a gander at you and believe you’re an abrupt way. For those of us who are 6ft or more, and have such a directing quality, we are regularly observed as somewhat distant. What number of individuals would you need to go to and thump on their entryways and state hello, I’m not that way? As a performer who is at the highest point of his game, it’s typical for individuals to have this confusions.
The desires are somewhat excessively high. A few people feel that it’s an alternate feeling that goes through superstars. We will continue sharpening and instructing individuals with the goal that we are not wrongly judged.
I’m very intuitive on my web-based media handles and the explanation I do that is on the grounds that I need them to start to comprehend the Frederick behind the popularity. The man behind all the characters that I play is a kindhearted, lively youngster. He is a social butterfly. I get them to meet the genuine me than the accepted Frederick Leonard.
You cited Bimbo Akintola as a significant profession motivation for you; would you be able to reveal to us more about this? Have you imparted the stage to her previously?
I have done several activities with Bimbo Akintola. The latest would be Dawn At Midnight. I cited her as one of the individuals whose work and art I regard since, she gives up and expects the character constantly. You can never get Bimbo not paying attention to her character. She is a genuine Thespian. She is a careful entertainer. I have a great deal of regard for her art and luckily for me, she’s my companion. She is only one of the entertainers that I figure the new yield of entertainers should turn upward to. She has such a praiseworthy quality.
You have shared your perspectives about marriage and the requirement for couples not to surge in; have you lost expectation in the foundation and would you think about excess single?
No, I have not lost expectation in marriage. It is only the time we live in. I have confidence in marriage and even the Bible says that it isn’t useful for man to be distant from everyone else. I would prefer not to wind up alone. I would prefer not to wind up hopeless. I need to be with somebody who I share a great deal of things for all intents and purpose with; somebody I’m viable with. I trust in the organization of marriage, and I feel that individuals ought to be more reasonable with themselves with regards to picking an accomplice.
What are your musings about young people interest in legislative issues? Okay consider competing for political office sometime in the future?
I make a decent attempt not to discuss legislative issues. I think legislative issues has been made ugly due to debasement. At the present time, the adolescents are crippled and out of nowhere, administration of the day is making online media their serious issue. Allow me to make