Riches And Stardom Are Not Free

When you picture your life in the future, do you see yourself with a luxury car, living in a mansion and wearing designer clothes? Well, it is important to note that there is a price to pay to attain that level of success as an entertainer.

The price you have to pay is not only in terms of your finance, but it is also the time and effort you put into your aspiring acting career. Right now, I will be discussing the price range involved in starting as an aspiring actor.

Before we begin, don't be scared of investing in your future. I bet that if you are truly passionate about acting, you will do what it takes to become famous...Right? According to The Nation, there are some Nigerian celebrities with real ‘Grass to Grace’ stories.

Some aspiring actors usually relocate with or without their family to a city like Lagos to pursue their acting dreams. This is simply because there are more opportunities and a higher chance of success there.

Now just think of the bold steps or how much some people spend in pursuing their dreams even after acting class expenses before you start thinking if paying for an acting school or a class in acting is too much of a big deal.

Whether or not you are sceptical of your spending,  We will try to explain the price range of the different acting classes and the aspects of the life of a training actor.

The good thing is that by the time you start making your millions of naira and are travelling the world, you will look back and not have any regrets of all you had to go through to get to where you are today. I am sure you will spend what you had to spend all over again if that is one of the things that cost you to get the fame and fortune you so desired.

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Some aspiring actors will relocate to places like Lagos to increase their chances of finding fame in Nollywood or the entertainment industry (Source; Unsplash)

Tuition Fee To Be An Actor At Schools Offering Drama Lessons

A drama school at the university level will offer you a bachelors degree with a 4-year course on all the things related to being an actor while a certified drama school like PEFTI film institute will offer you like a 2 - 3 years National Diploma (ND) course in all acting related activities in the field you are interested in. You will be taught about acting and the different types of acting techniques used such as classical acting, the Chekhov acting technique,  method acting, Meisner acting technique, practical aesthetics acting technique, the Stanislavski philosophy, etc.

You will also learn different aspects of acting like developing imagination, physical expressivity, vocal projection, clarity of speech, and the ability to interpret drama, script analysis and so on.

At some of the acting schools or universities, you can pay more than ₦ 85,000 per semester. Meanwhile, there are less costly solutions for training up to be an actor too.

A well known Lagos based acting school is also Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), founded by Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs. They have diploma and certificate programs in acting, directing, scriptwriting, critique, dance for the stage, radio presentation. Notable figures like Abiodun Kassim, Omoye ‘Brownie’ Uzamere, Ayobami Ajike, and Orji Ibe attended the school.

The fee is about ₦ 150,000 more or less depending on the course you are enrolling for at LAPA.

Some of the Nigerian private, federal or state universities offering courses in relation to acting are:

  • University of Ibadan, Ibadan
  • University of Lagos, Akoka
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • University of Benin, Ugbowo
  • University of Port-Harcourt, Choba
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  • Delta State University, Abraka
  • University of Ilorin, Ilorin
  • Igbinedion University, Okada
  • Redeemers University, Nigeria

While some other notable acting schools are:

  • Del York International
  • J - World Music and Film Academy
  • Royal Arts Academy
  • Yul Edochie Academy
  • Brilliant Film Academy
  • Scene one school of Drama
  • HD film Academy
  • Magnus Film Academy

You can look into any of these institutions, check their courses, duration, teaching methodology, prices, qualifications you want at the end of the program and make your choice.

Classes For Adults Who Aspire To Become An Actor

Acting classes are a bit difficult to put a price on especially when you are using a private acting coach. Prices for private coaches vary depending on their experience, reviews and feedbacks, the city where they are situated and so on. Some coaches in Lagos State might be at liberty to charge far more than those working in smaller towns or cities.

It doesn't matter how talented you are you, you will have to pay the same as everyone else on the course unless you have been picked to receive a scholarship by the acting class.

The coach heading an acting class goes a long way in affecting the price range and the type of teaching methodology to be used. Even when you are searching for a private acting coach online, prices are rarely disclosed. This is to protect you as much as themselves, as they don’t want to give a price that scares people off when in fact they can be flexible and look at building courses around your needs. However, Superprof NG Platform has a wide selection of acting coaches in Nigeria with a price range that can suit your desired budget.

Here are some examples of weekday and weekend short courses found in different areas of Nigeria, covering a wide range of topics, to give you an idea of what is out there:

Title: Drama - Acting + Presentation
Where: PEFTI Film Institute (Lagos, Nigeria)
Duration: 3 months of intense program 
How much: N161,000

Title: Acting
Where: Del York Creative Academy (Lagos, Nigeria)
Duration: 4 weeks
How much: $1,500

Title: Acting
Where: HD film Academy (Abuja, Nigeria)
Duration: 8 weeks to 6 months 
How much: For tuition fees, send them an email or contact them via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter or Instagram and you will receive the details within 24 hours.

Title: Acting
Where: Magnus Film Academy (Enugu, Nigeria)
Duration: 2 months 
How much: N30,000
Of course, there are even more courses if you want to study internationally or outside the above states mentioned. There are many schools dedicated to the theatre or filmmaking industries in Nigeria. Wherever you decide to study and however, emphasis on acting techniques is very important for your career and could be what leads you to work alongside some of the best actors, casting directors and talent agents in Nollywood and the entertainment industry. It is at school that you develop your skills, uniqueness and get clarity on just how much you want to get a breakthrough in the industry. Finding private acting lessons near you might not be so easy depending on your location, but they are certainly worth it.
 

Financial Assistance For Trainee Actors

Some students in Nigeria are lucky to have some form of financial assistance when it comes to schooling. It could be in the form of loans, scholarships or grants. Usually, some sort of scholarships are given to aspiring actors depending on the acting school or university. Just be well informed, research and up to date to know when grants or scholarships are being given out to students.

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” — Mark Victor Hansen

Installments payment is also applicable to some schools, whereby you can be paying monthly instead of in full. As I said, it is peculiar to some acting schools and not all.

What Other Expenses Are Involved In Starting Your Acting Career?

There are other things minus coaching fees that you can expect to add to your long list of expenses when training to become an actor.

Headshots (8×10 publicity photos) are a requirement for the entertainment industry and are somewhat costly. It needs to be done by a professional because this is what you give to agents and managers to find representation. Looks are what will attract a casting director before your skills.

You might also want to sign yourself online with some casting websites and audition agencies, especially if you do not personally have anyone representing you.

Some aspiring actors who are fame driven may want to attend workshops from time to time though not a mandatory step.

Finally, the cost of living (food, rent, etc) cannot be overemphasized, no matter the profession. The difference for aspiring actors is that some aren't working professionals and might have to be involved in a part-time job or a form of business while applying for auditions or movie roles.

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As an actor, you may need to gain or lose weight or even look a certain way for roles, so you may need to be prepared to pay for a personal trainer or enroll at a gym. (Source: Unsplash)

Besides, as an actor physical appearance matters and you must look after your body. Makeup, hairdressing, personal trainers, gym membership, clothes and accessories, and other costs will no doubt come into play.

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