How I struggle It Out In The Films Industry – Funke Akindele

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Nollywood star and producer, Funke Akindele-Bello, has revealed how she struggled in the early years of her acting career.

Speaking about how she almost gave up acting, Akindele-Bello noted that her mother was among those, who encouraged her not to quit the industry.

The talented actor made the revelation recently on her YouTube channel when she talked about how she used to attend several auditions, hoping to get a prominent role. According to her, she often ended up being disappointed until she got her big break in a soap opera titled ‘I need to know’.

“I am going to be very personal here, talk about some things I’ve been through in life and liken them to whatever you are going through right now.

“Many young people are going through a lot to survive. Struggles, challenges, obstacles and they may want to give up.

“I want you to look at me and my story. When I started acting in 1998, I remember how I struggled to get up there, I got a lot of “no’s”. I was the ‘queen’ of auditions and ‘wakapass’ roles. I would read so well and people will clap, I will be so excited and would think when I get the list, I would get a supporting role. But all I got were roles like church extracts. I remember crying on those occasions.

“But my mother would tell me that I’ve got the passion and it is a God-given talent. She would give me money for my transport fare; sometimes I would trek to some places then take a bus to meet up.

“I could count the number of shoes I had then, maybe two or three. But today, the story has changed. Things changed for me positively.

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