Popular Nigerian comedian Mr Macaroni, has disclosed how a producer had paid him 3,000 for a role in production while he was an upcoming act.
The comedian who took to his Twitter page to call for better treatment of upcoming actors said that there was no excuse to disrespect them just because they were trying to make a name for themselves.
The comedian however asked that newbies shouldn’t attempt to be rebels, rather they should simply stand their ground.
A friend of Macaroni had them narrate show he’d been paid 3k for a role with a friend of theirs adding 2 thousand naira to the sum for him.
If you can’t pay upcoming Actors for their time and talent, please don’t disrespect them!
That role you say you are giving them to help their career, if no one plays it, the production won’t be complete! Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.
It hurts when I go to some production sets and I see the way upcoming Talents are treated! When I talk they will say I’m troublesome. Some don’t even get paid at all. Please don’t say it is part of ‘paying dues’. We can do better!! Na talent dem wan showcase. Dem no kill person.
I’m not asking anyone to be a rebel ooo.. lol. The industry is tough.. I know. But when i started acting, I had issues with quite a number of producers. It’s one thing not to pay me. I tolerated that one. But disrespect me?? Never!! I’ll give you my piece of mind and walk out!!
Please let us normalize paying upcoming talents and also treating them with respect. Yes your platform will give them exposure, but people must be paid for work done. If we can ask the government to do better, we can also demand same from ourselves.
Everybody wants to pay Upcoming Artists, Actors, Writers, graphic designers, photographers, models etc.. with exposure. Everytime, ‘I will give you exposure’..
Time to Eat:
Creative: Give me rice and meat..
Iya Risi: Wey Money?
Creative: I go pay with exposure.
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