Acting doesn’t pay my bills – Funke Adesiyan


I’m from Ibadan, Oyo State but I grew up in Lagos. My family is a nuclear one even though I was surrounded by cousins, nephews and other relatives. I had a fun childhood and I was more of a tomboy. I played a lot of football and I am still in love with the game.

Education

I attended Time and Tide International School, for my elementary education and later attended Ibadan City Academy, Saint Anne’s School, Molete and Oriwu College, Ikorodu, for my post-elementary education. I studied Performing Arts at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye. I also studied for a diploma in Law at the same university. Before then, I attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan where I earned an Ordinary National Diploma in Business Administration. I also travelled to South Africa where I took some courses in interior decoration. I just returned from the United States of America where I did a course in film-making and directing at the New York Film Academy.

Modelling

I started modelling when I was 13. Bayo Adegbe, popularly known as Modela, trained me to become a professional model. I did several TV commercials and runway shows. I stopped modelling because I grew to love acting.

Acting

I started acting professionally in 2003. My first experience as an actor was a TV series by Wale Adenuga Productions. The first film I acted in was produced by me in 2006. It was my first, not because I didn’t get offers to partake in films produced by other people, but because I had the resources to produce my own film. Since the storyline was a beautiful one, I didn’t want to give it out to someone else. So far, I have produced three movies. The last one was in 2010. I then took a break to focus on my business.

Business

I like to trade. I went into buying and selling at a tender age. It is not difficult to make money when you are hard-working. If you fail, you have to get up and do it again until you succeed. Although you can cut corners to get rich, you can’t cut corners to be successful.

Nollywood

I have also taken part in some English TV series. I did some with Segun Arinze and Paul Obazele. I’m limited to one part of the industry. Oftentimes, I’m not available and that’s why I haven’t starred in more English movies. It is not because I have been tagged a ‘Yoruba actress.’ In fact, a lot of people think Yoruba actresses don’t speak good English.

Politics

I love what I experienced and I’m still in politics. I decided to go to my hometown in Kudeti, Ibadan to impact lives. I contested for a seat in the Oyo State House of Assembly. Even though I didn’t win the election, I feel delighted that I won the love of the people.

Current project

Acting does not pay my bills and I try to be as real as possible. I’m working on my business which involves importing and selling of bathroom accessories. I do souvenirs and I am into animal husbandry. Very soon, I will add cash crops.

Challenges

I don’t dwell on challenges. I see them as part of my success story. I would never have been who I am today if I didn’t experience challenges.I focus on ways to make things better.

Fame

There’s a saying in Theatre Arts that there’s a thin line between sanity and insanity. When actors cannot break away from the roles they play, then they have actually crossed that line. I don’t see myself as a famous person. I can go to Idumota market if I want.

Marriage

I’m in a relationship and I’m happy in it. A lot of people are married and are not happy while some are single and are happy. People shouldn’t attach so much importance to marriage. Life is too short not to be happy. You don’t have to be married because the society expects you to.

Fitness

I’m gradually becoming a fitness junky. I go to the gym at least five times a week. I watch what I eat and try as much as possible to eat a balanced diet. I also drink a lot of water.

Style

I wear whatever I like and it does not have to be expensive. My style is simple and uncomplicated.

Beauty

Everyone is beautiful in their own way. I don’t do so much and I don’t follow trends. I can be a trendless person and I don’t bleach my skin.

Relaxation

I’m not a movie person. I relax by reading and I love to travel.

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