Connect with us

Idris Temitayo Folarin Talks About His Creativity and Opinion on the Nigerian Entertainment Industry

Uncategorized

Idris Temitayo Folarin Talks About His Creativity and Opinion on the Nigerian Entertainment Industry

Nigerian-American entertainer Idris Temitayo Folarin speaks about his growing up, career choice, creative juice among others.

1.You are an actor,musician amongst other things, how do you manage to do all of them?

First of all I am a pretty reserved individual and I don’t like to “toot my own horn” but I believe myself to be a creative genius. Anything creative, I’m into it and I have probably dabbled in it. So to answer the question, I just act on whatever creative idea that comes to my head and I work on it and see where it goes. These day I have been writing alot and I’m thinking of publishing a book.

2. What was your growing up like?

Fun fact about my childhood, I was born in a taxi.

Growing up for me was really tough, my parents separated when I was very young so my brother and I were moving around alot living with different relatives and family friends for but me being the free spirited person that I am, I’m always adapting to whatever situation I find myself in and everyly ready for whatever is coming next.

3. What are the unforgettable experiences you had while growing up that made you who you are today?

That would be winning my first ever dance competition at a carnival, I was maybe 9 or 10 at that time and it was the first time people saw me in action or that I ever danced in front of anybody and the reaction was positive it was then I knew there is an entertainer in me.

4. What fueled your interest in being an entertainer?

Entertainment is one of the few thing that bring the world or can bring the world together, if not the only one these days, so I am honored and proud to contribute and hope I can help make the world a better place one art piece at a time because 

From a very young age I have always looked out for people and always wanted them to be happy. Which is why my first official release was titled Unity. I just hate hate seeing sad faces or people say, I get emotional.

Entertainment is one of the few thing that bring the world or can bring the world together, if not the only one these days, so I am honored and proud to contribute and hope I can help make the world a better place one art piece at a time because 

From a very young age I have always looked out for people and always wanted them to be happy. Which is why my first official release was titled Unity. I just hate hate seeing sad faces or people say, I get emotional.

5. Are there challenges you  face in your career? How do you manage them?

The only things I can say was a challenge would be funding. I believe if I had funding or sponsors growing up my career would be way bigger than it is now and I would have been recognized for the creative genius that I am haha. But other than that, I don’t let anything stop me from creating the juxtaposition about me is that I might not be all in your face with my creativity but I am proud of my artwork, whether you like it or not. 

6. What’s your opinion about  the Nigerian  entertainment industry and how they treat their entertainers as opposed to what is attainable abroad?

Nigerian entertainment industry na your mate? You gotta respect the Nigerian entertainment industry and I’m glad we are finally getting the recognition that we deserve. Nigeria is home to many talented and creative people, so I think the big executives and the producers see this and take advantage of it because they can always get someone new. But the things is its done everywhere, even in Hollywood, these executives and producers both home and abroad get into the entertainment business just for the business part of it, making money off of the artists and once that money stops coming in they dump them like hot potato. But, at the same time I can’t tell an emerging artist to not seek sponsorship or a label because like I said earlier if I had that I go don blow since because it’s not everyone that can support their own career.

7. Among all these that you’re involved in, which one represents you the most?

I think my music, because I tend to not stick to one genre so with that I can show myself and my versatility more but also dancing is a very big part of my life and I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t dance to the extent that most times I don’t walk like normal people I dance walk especially when my earphones are in. So yeah those two.

8. How did you discover your flare for music?

I have always loved music, growing I can remember I always find a way to have music around me. Either I’m listening to it or singing it out or in my head and not far along the line I started to hum my own tunes and pen down lyrics I remember I JSS 1 I wrote a song and had a whole music video idea planned out for it until reality set in but that didn’t stop me from writing more and by the time I graduated secondary school I had like 3 exercise books that was filled with lyrics.

9. What are your plans for the future, your music career?

Well I made a short film recently that I wrote, produced, directed and starred in. It’s called The Promise and its set in a future Nigeria following a young couple and the ups and down in their relationship in an almost dystopian Nigeria. It will be coming out 2022. Apart from that I’m just planning on continuing being creative and expanding my production company both home and abroad. Making more film and as for my music, I am planning on releasing some and just like before it’s going to be different.

10. What advice would you give young aspiring  entertainers from the experience  you have?

I would tell aspiring entertainers to be true to their creativity people will say whatever they will say but you should not let that bring you down or discourage you, you should let it motivate you and also if you have a dream chase it. If a record label opportunity comes take it and if nobody puts you on find a way to put yourself on.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
You may also like...
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

To Top