“Acting Is Not A Hobby”-Lydia Forson Reacts After Selassie Ibrahim Slammed People Claiming To Be Full-Time Actors And Actresses
Celebrated Ghanaian movie star, Lydia Forson has schooled Selassie Ibrahim on why she believes one can regard his or her acting career as a full-time job, saying that acting can never be described as a hobby.
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Selassie Ibrahim while speaking in an interview with Sandy on Adom TV’s ‘Ahosepe Xtra’ show stated that it would be abnormal for someone to depend totally on acting for a livelihood when there are other ways to generate decent money than acting. She went on to say that Ghanaians have not yet reached the point where they can rely solely on performing, as some actors in advanced countries do.
Some actors and actresses go three months without being contacted by producers for roles in upcoming films, according to the filmmaker, and these people will starve to death because they refuse to move into other businesses. She added that people must see acting as a hobby and engage in other businesses to sustain them for life.
In reaction to her submissions, Lydia Forson, a well-known actress also stated the describing acting as a hobby only throws more negativity on the venture.
Taking to the comment section of a post made by Zionfelix on IG, she wrote;
I get the point she’s making but this only denigrates an already struggling industry, especially where women are concerned. Too many people don’t understand filmmaking and Showbiz as a whole and it’s why some of these very nuanced conversations are overly simplified. I was a FULL-TIME ACTRESS for many years before I ever owned any business, and whiles I did struggle at times, I understood the ( BIZ) in SHOWBIZ and knew that I had to run myself like the brand I was, it’s where your money comes from. Actors all over the world have supporting careers when they’re coming up, but once you hit a certain status it will take your full time and you have to function as a business. Loving an industry and being in it doesn’t mean you completely understand it and it’s why we need a lot more conversations on SHOWBIZ as a whole and with people who have an appreciation of its complexities. And please saying it’s a HOBBY only cast even more negativity on what we do; what she does as a producer, the people she hires and how much money she spends to produce one movie is not a hobby. Much love all actors, filmmakers ( including auntie sellassie) for continuing to sustain an industry that isn’t always easy.