Nollywood actor and former Mr. Nigeria Emmanuel Ikubese has revealed the reason male models in Nigeria often pivot to the movie industry.
In a recent interview with Punch, Ikubese said models to footballers. “They become too old to compete with younger boys,”. He also said modelling can be used as a platform to launch one’s career in acting or music. He added that if he had to pick between acting and modelling, he’d pick the former. He said:
Models can be likened to footballers and at some point, they become too old to compete with younger boys. I started modelling when I was about 17 years old because I have the stature and I could do catwalks very well.
I am not saying that there are no older models but if you look at it closely, especially in the international scene, you would not see a 32- year- old man modelling.
If you have a talent, you can use modelling as a platform to launch your talent in either acting, music or any other sector. If you can put it into use, you can do a lot more because as a model, things you can do are limited.
Acting in a film is different from walking on the runway. As an actor, I can touch lives and that makes me happy as a person. It is one of the things I love to do.
As a model it is not fulfilling because you would just look good to sell someone’s product. Before I ventured into acting, I used to sing and I was also a disc jockey.
The way I got into acting was even divine mirace because I went for auditions and before long, I was called to play several roles. If I were to choose which I love to do the most, I would definitely go for acting