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Actresses Explain Reasons they Veered into Business (2)

APART from gracing our television screens and cinemas, our movie divas are also good entrepreneurs, employers of labour, making cool money without depending on the male folks.

ENCOMIUM Weekly brings you the second part of some actresses who are into business and why they veered into it.

 

doris1DORIS SIMEON, DAVID  BEAUTY CENTRE, OGBA, Sells and makes hair

When did you start business?

I started when I was very young.  I was in primary school.  I used to hawk for my mother when I came back from school.  I was also into business when I got to secondary school.  But I rented a shop for myself about 13 years ago.

What informed the decision to go into business?

It is about making money from every aspect of my life not just acting alone.  It is about every talent bringing in money the right way, making money the decent way.

Can you recall your initial capital?

Not really, I can’t really remember, maybe N500.

Will you say business is affecting your career?

No, not at all.  Not in any way.

How are you juggling the two?

I can employ somebody to be there when I am away.  It is a way of giving back to the society as well, by taking somebody off the labour market

 

downloadLIZ ANJORIN, PEAK ME RELOADED, OGBA, Bags, beads, clothes

When did you start business?

I started business when I was seven.  My mom was into business then, I helped her at her shop.  I was able to learn how to separate the profit from the capital.  I was born into business.  I started my business when I was 18.

What informed the decision to go into business?

When people are doing well in business, you will want to emulate and learn how to succeed in business from them.

Can you recall your initial capital?

N2,000.

Will you say business is affecting your career?

It does not affect my acting career.  It has helped it.  I wouldn’t be where I am today if I wasn’t into business.  When I opened my shop at Abule Egba, a lot of people were mocking me.  Some laughed at me.  I am surprised to see that a lot of them are into business now.

How are you juggling the two?

I am into a lot of things.  I do MC, I sell fabrics and jewelry.  I travel to US, UK, Morocco to get unique goods.  For acting, I try to shoot movies at a go, I may shoot two, three movies within two, three months.  I don’t go to locations often.  If I do, it means the people are close to me.  I will give them a date.  The money I make from my business is what I invest in my movies.  Piracy will not allow us shoot movies and fold our hands expecting all the money invested into the business to come back.

 

BIODUN OKEOWO

When did you start business?

I started as a teenager but I had a shop of mine in 2012.

What informed the decision to go into business?

I am sensible enough to know that I need something else to fall back on aside my acting career.

Can you recall your initial capital?

N2 million.

Will you say business is affecting your career?

None is affecting the other.  It is a matter of planning.

How are you juggling the two?

I have staff that work for me. Once I am not on location, I am back to my place of business.  None lacks attention.

 

IMG-20150301-WA003-650x400AMAKA OKERE, LYNMAKS WORLD,  OGBA

Interior Decor,  Hair,  Design and makes clothes

When did you start business?

I started business early. I went to school because I always wanted to stand at par with other graduates.

What informed the decision to go into business?

I went into business because I needed to add to my income to enable me pay my bills and take care of my children.

Can you recall your initial capital?

I started my interior decoration business with N20,000.  And today, that business gave birth to my salon and fashion house.

Will you say business is affecting your career?

No, it does not affect my career in anyway.  It is a matter of priority.  My business runs very well, scripts come but not all the time.

How are you juggling the two?

It is a matter of proper planning.  God can help you in such a way that none will clash with the other.

  • SHADE WESLEY-METIBOGUN

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