INTERVIEW WITH ACTOR CHIMEZIE IMO

Saturday, December 08, 2018

DVF: Welcome to the DvfStyleCollective, please tell me about yourself and background?

Chimezie: Thanks for having me. I am Brian Emmanuel Chimezie Imoh, i'm 26 years old and was born on the seventh of January 1992.
I am an actor and an entertainer, a graduate of Btech Applied Ecology from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Nigeria.
A food lover who dislikes negativity, toxic friendships and relationships but most of all I love peace of mind and I believe every one deserves a second chance.

DVF: Tell me about your childhood, what was growing up like for you and what are your fondest childhood memories?

Chimezie: Childhood was good for me, I was born in and spent most of my childhood in Apapa area of Lagos which is mostly known as one of the ghetto's in Lagos.  
I was born into a Christian, God fearing family and Attended Karo nursery and primary school, Gss Gwarinpa and Gsss pyakasa abuja.
Growing up I had very few friends because my parents were lovers of being indoors and wanted us (their kids) to be that way too and that was how my siblings and I grew up.

We hardly went to parties and if we just had to attend certain parties, I remember that our mum would make sure we eat to our satisfaction at home first before leaving for the party. She didn't want us looking forward to the food parties so much that we'd end up begging for it or trying to get it by whatever means necessary which generally is what kids do (laughs) .
So she really didn't want us to do that in public at all.

DVF: As a kid or growing up, do you recall what your first vivid and memorable exposure to entertainment was?

Chimezie: Yes that was in church.... the drama group of my church had a drama presentation and they were short of a cast and I approached them to please fill in and because it was an emergency they accepted and without rehearsals with them I was able to pull off the role,  that was my first real eye opening experience and I was six years old at the time. 
I remember seeing that a few people in the congregation were brought to tears when I acting and that was when the realization dawned on me that "this is it" this is what I would love to do with my life..... act, perform, reach out and touch people through this way

DVF: What was your parents /family's reaction to that?

Chimezie : They liked my performance and cheered me on and it was a bit of a surprise because never knew that I could act until that point but they all just thought it was a hobby, so they weren't bothered

DVF : What about when they realized that this wasn't just a hobby or a phase for you and it was something that you had developed passion for?

Chimezie : They weren't cool with the idea, my mum wanted me to be a medical doctor or at least  something in the medical field. So we had a serious talk about it and lots of fights also but they all support me now

DVF : Glad it's all worked out now. So after the church play, what came next.... What were the steps you took towards chasing this new found passion for acting?

Chimezie: After the church play I joined the church drama group,  did more plays with them and then I began to pray about it all for God's direction and then I went for what I wanted.  I attended auditions and made sure I left a good impression

DVF: What was your first audition like, tell me about that experience ?

Chimezie : It was exciting and scary for me especially because I was doing it at such a young age but have to say that generally like any other actor out there I have been turned down a couple of times and lost roles for different reasons but my first ever audition I did get the job

DVF: Really?...  That's really nice

Chimezie : Yeah, thanks. It was an audition for a TV series,  
I heard about it on the radio and decided to go for it,  I went and days later I got a a call that I had gotten the part and it was a leading role and the names of the Series was "Learning curves.
My character was my exact opposite.  So I really had fun getting into that character


DVF : That being your first professional job as an actor, what lessons did you learn from it and what part of the experience did you take on with you that helped prepare and enhance your skills?

Chimezie : I learnt a lot , being my first on screen Job I learnt that being a stage actor is different from being an on screen actor,  I learnt to tone down expressions, learnt about voice modulation and blocking and a whole lot of other stuff

DVF : So during this process of becoming, who did you look up to as mentors in the movie industry?



Chimezie : Well to me a mentor is someone who I can approach and talk to, I didn't have that then. 

So I Just followed up on the work of some people who I loved their work but I have always looked up to, admired and been inspired by the likes of Eddie Murphy, Kimberly Ellis, Leonardo Decaprio, Richard Mofe Damijo and Majid Michel.

DVF : That's a really good list of people, what was it like watching yourself on the TV for the first time?

Chimezie : Nerve wrecking , I am my biggest critic, I find it difficult and I cringe when I watch myself?

DVF : Your first major come back into the movie industry after Learning Curves was when you participated in the Next Movie Star reality TV competition, tell me about that whole experience?

Chimezie : That was about five years ago, funny how time flies. It was a very special experience for me because I ended up as the first runner up and that really gave me the closure and validation that I needed.
Prior to doing the competition I was doubtful about my talent as an actor and was basically not certain that I was good enough so it really  made me believe a lot more in my self and I'll always be thankful for that.

DVF : How were you able to balance your studies and chasing your passion for acting despite the stressful and chaotic status of it all?

Chimezie : I had just gotten admission to the University , So mixing both wasn't easy. It was very conflicting,  travelling from Bauchi to Lagos for auditions often was no joke at all and I honestly don't even know how, but I did it (smiles)

DVF : So tell me about your first major job after the next movie star show?

Chimezie : First major project would be a sitcom called  90 Gogoro, It was a Comedy series and it was beautiful and fun. It aired across the country and it's still airing on some TV stations across Nigeria

DVF : How many movies and TV series have you have been in thus far?

Chimezie : They're really not that much, I do not have a clear count but the TV shows should be around five or six so far, I need to refer to my CV for exact details  

DVF : What has been your favorite character to play so far?

Chimezie : I enjoy every character that I have been blessed enough to play but my favorite would be Kezie in a series called Origin because playing that role allowed me to show a range of different emotions.

DVF : Okay so moving on what's been the toughest character you've had to play and why did you you find it to be a challenge?

Chimezie : I would have to say non, but not because there hasn't been characters that were tough to play but because I love a good challenge and so I look forward to playing challenging roles

DVF : What role would be a dream come true for you to play?

Chimezie : A leading role along side Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Viola Davis, a role with either of them would be a dream come true for sure   

DVF : That'll be quite amazing, anything is possible so I don't doubt the possibility of that. I'm keeping faith for that one

Chimezie : Thanks Bro

DVF : So which genre of movies are your favorite kinds to do?

Chimezie : I actually like them all but people say my strongest point is when I do thrillers,  but I believe that I can do them all

DVF : Of all the characters you've played and the stories you've been able to tell and share with the audience... which story have you felt the most connection or pride towards?

Chimezie : "Nimbe" a teenager who as a result of parental neglect found solace in hard drugs. I was really happy that I got to shed a light on an issue that a lot of youths are Victims of and can relate to

DVF : How did you prepare to play that role?

Chimezie : I watched a lot of movies and read a lot of online articles that give in depth information about drug addiction and it's effects

DVF : Tell me about your role in the movie Shelter and why it was important for you to portray that role to the best of your abilities?

Chimezie : Well.... playing that role was very important for me because of the message behind it.
Bullying and domestic violence, which children and young adults experience and are often scared to talk about

DVF : What was it like for you when you began to work with major Nollywood actors, did you ever feel intimidated?



Chimezie : I was never intimidated, I got star struck sometimes but I was always chilled about the whole thing and enjoyed the process and just focused on the fact that we were all there to work

DVF : What are your hopes and dreams for your future in the movie industry in general?



Chimezie : I'm hopeful that i'll become a house hold name around the world and inspire young and old people with my craft and obviously also make a lot of money too (smiles)

DVF : Would you consider producing, writing or directing movies someday or are you good with just the acting side of things?

Chimezie : I definitely would consider doing some behind the scene work pretty soon, writing, producing and directing.
I would love to have professional training for those though

DVF : What kind of stories would you like to tell through movies?

Chimezie : I want to tell stories that literally affects any and everyone, stories that inspires and changes negative people to positive mindset-ted people and sometimes stories that might not make a lot of sense but is comedic and entertains

DVF : If you were placed in a position of power to handle things in Nollywood, what major aspects of it that you feel it's really lacking behind in that you'd like to implement a major change in?

Chimezie : Nollywood is evolving, though the issue of piracy is key and needs to be tackled so filmmakers can reap the benefits of their labor which in turn allows actors to get paid well and encourages the production of more good movies to be put out there without fear of incurring losses  

DVF : That's absolutely true, sadly we've come to the end of the interview but before we go, i'd like to know what would you like your legacy to be?

Chimezie : I would love to not only be remembered as an actor but as a human who was true to his craft and
inspired and helped a lot of people 

DVF: That's wonderful, you for sure have already began to make an impact. Thank you so much for your time and doing this time

Chimezie: You're welcome brother.


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