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BALANCE; Living as a creative in Nigeria by Adun Oshilowo

My name is Adunolaoluwa Oshilowo, I am 26 years old. I am an actor,  a model and a blogger; basically anything creative, I want to be a part of it. I went to Covenant University and I studied mass communication, not because it was my choice but mainly because I didn’t want to study law. I had always known that I wanted something different.

When i was in University, I was always scared of graduating  because I wasn’t sure of what I’ll do next. I felt like I had practiced all the answers I would give people after school so it seems like I know what I really wanted. Along the line, I noticed I wanted something for me because it felt like I had never made any decision for myself.

I wanted to be a model, so i started researching. I bought fashion magazines, made phone calls to editors, spoke to agencies and reached out to model scouts too… I didn’t start modelling till a year or two after leaving university.

I tried doing the 9 to 5 thing  but I enjoyed modelling and I felt I could do more. I was interested in acting too; I was that kid that loved watching movies and won’t leave until I am chased to bed by my parents.

Speaking about modelling, people see your picture, everything looking great and they just think you are making a lot of money and doing fantastic, but behind the scene, it’s just you pushing and trying to sell yourself and hoping that people see that you are the right person for the particular job. It’s a bit tough actually.

‘People often think not doing a 9 to 5 but following your passion is a lot easier. This is completely untrue, you need to be a strong person. It’s like experiencing constant rejection and just one yes.’

Having to juggle being a model and an actor was challenging; you’d think that I am a model so acting will come easily to me, nah. In my own case, I made a decision to take a course and training before I started pursuing acting. It’s so similar yet so different. It’s like a completely different industry to get into especially in Nigeria so it’s a struggle.

I struggled with it most this past year (2019) that I had to take a step back to re-evaluate what I have been doing and all the efforts because it just started feeling like I was not doing enough. Balancing everything is not as easy as it seems.

Nevertheless, what generally keeps me going  is the fact that, it is my choice. For anyone I have had a conversation with, I had to tell them that my driving force in life is choice. Being abl

e to say that I made this decision and ready to follow through irrespective of the setbacks. Ever so often, when I am caught up in the stress of work, I have to sit down and tell myself that instead of regrets, I remind myself that I made these choices and that’s very important to me to see it through.

The people I surrounded myself with also helped me in finding balance. It’s funny how you make a decision and realize some people around you are doing same. I am so blessed with the people I have in my life, they inspire me and make me want to do more. It might not be a big deal but knowing that everyone is pushing and taking intentional steps in getting to where they want to be. Those things keep me steady and keep me going.

 

 

Photography: Jay Olowu

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TO VOTE OR NOT TO VOTE?

Name:
Jess Chibueze or “Jess Finesse”

Occupation:
Digital Marketing Strategist, Mino Music and occasional model

Age:
25

How do you find living in Nigeria:
Love it. Moving back has been one of the greatest life choicesI’ve made.
What are you hoping the next president will accomplish to enable Nigeria flourish:
I hope whoever they vote for will finally give a damn about the country and its citizens. A president who still has empathy towards humanity because to me, that’s what the our political leadership lacks: they don’t care about human life. Or maybe they don’t know how to rule over millions of people, so it may not be empathy they’re missing, but lack of ability to carry make decisions that will better the people they govern. I don’t know.

Are you voting in 2019:
No. BUT, I admire the people who have carried the burden to educate people like myself on the importance of voting.
Unfortunately, I fall under the demographic of people who believe that no matter who you vote for, the country will remain in shambles. I used to believe that international intervention to help Nigeria was the answer, but after using majority of my junior and senior year in university to protest and lobby for more transparency in Nigerian government, from engaging in the global #BringBackOurGirls movement in 2014, and partaking in human rights investigative research in Nigeria, I don’t think international intervention is the answer either.  I don’t believe that I’m informed enough to vote for the next Nigerian President either, despite the research I’ve done on some of the aspiring candidates. I won’t lie, the research hasn’t been extensive because of my bias towards government, and every time a new story pops up to discredit a candidate, trying to find a good one out of all the mess becomes overwhelming…
As of right now, I don’t have my PVC and honestly didn’t feel convicted enough to get one because of my overall lack of faith in Nigerian politics. So I couldn’t even vote, even if I wanted to.

Photography: Isabella Agbaje


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