Popular Nigerian film actress, Kate Henshaw has disclosed the life hack that her senior colleague, Olu Jacobs taught her many years ago.
The Actress who is the latest cover star for DTNow Magazine while speaking with them gave her advice to up-and-coming actors and youngsters.
To buttress her point, Kate Henshaw referenced a piece of advice she got from veteran actor, Olu Jacobs, and how it helped her.
Kate Henshaw who recently shared photos of her daughter for the first time advised up-and-coming actors, looking to excel in Nollywood to be humble. Her words:
“Don’t come for fame. Don’t come and say, I want to be a star. I hate those words. I mean, it might happen, you’d be a star, but then how do you sustain it? Sustainability. Maintenance. It’s where the work is. You come with your shoulders in the air; you dont have respect for those who come before you; that’s a pet peeve of mine. I’m sorry. You don’t have respect for those that come before you; you don’t greet; you are not willing to be taught. It’s not going to last, and it’s not a curse. You need to watch those who came before you who are still in the game and still relevant. I don’t need to mention names: you can check. Come for the love of the craft; come to learn; even I learn every day.
I remember Uncle Olu Jacobs saying to me, “Be willing to learn and to better yourself”. See what is being done out there—the practices. I’ve done stage, TV, and film. I watch other actors in Hollywood, and Bollywood. I want to see how they’re doing it. I love Viola Davis so much. I love her. She’s someone I love. Lately, JLo, I am seeing her comic side. She is a strong woman. I love Tracee Ellis Ross, and I love Charlize Theron. She’s got a long, lean look. I love it. There are so many of them like that I really like. Top of my list is Angela Bassett at 60-something. You see, we are following her.
You know, these are people who have been in the game. They’re still there. There’s something they’re doing right. They’re conscientious about their work. They don’t mess around with their job. They don’t feel as if they have a right that everybody should kowtow and bow to them. No. Have at teachable spirit. Being able to learn, is for me, the best thing ever..”