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Lydian John is an award-winning actor, presenter, event host, MC, voice over artist, model and speaker. She attended Our Lady of Fatima Primary School, Akoka and later Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Yaba in Lagos. She went to Anambra State University and graduated in English and Literary Studies.

Having been exposed to reading and dancing in her early years, she was the social perfect in her high school. During her studies at the university, she became head of social services in the government of the Students’ Union, departmental director of social services (DOS) and national DOS (2013). She was also National Vice President of the National Association of English and Literary Studies Students (2012/2013).

The young and beautiful Imo-born and up-and-coming actress is widely known for her role as Adura in the drama series that airs on Africa Magic called Hush. She recently wrote her first book, Get That Acting Job, to help other aspiring actors. In this interview with IJEOMA THOMAS-ODIA, she shares her passion for acting and the art of living.

What influenced your passion for the theater?
I don’t know what to attribute it to, but I had an active childhood filled with many times we shared stories for the fun of it. I watched this popular NTA program, Tales by Moonlight, and was fascinated by the cartoons. My elementary school also engaged the students every week with beautiful foreign storybooks like Snow White, Rapunzel, The Lion King, Gulliver’s Voyage and Robinson Crusoe as well as other fun games that we played with our teacher. (Mr. Ajayi) during the physical education class at the playground. I also joined professional theater before I was ten. I wrote complete story books as a kid and guess I was immersed in the art world before I became aware that I was all made for it.

You recently wrote a book on acting. What motivated the decision?
The book, Get That Acting Job, was written because of my desire to help actors who are struggling in their acting journey. I coach actors and I know their struggles. A lot of people have a passion for acting, but they lack the skills, which makes it difficult for them to get an acting job. Some have the skills, but don’t know how to project that skill to casting directors and relevant production companies, to get acting jobs. Many people have been swindled because of their ignorance and desperation. I was scammed early in my career due to my ignorance and a lot of people were accumulating the knowledge that could have helped. These things make it easy for an actor to get frustrated and discouraged. Now that I have the knowledge and it has helped me tremendously, I am ready to share and help others. I want to be an actor, the kind of person I badly needed help with when I started my acting career and the book serves that purpose. It makes actors realize that with their phones, social media, and skills, they can get acting jobs. It is especially since the COVID-19 epidemic that has encouraged the increase in online casting and monologue submissions. It teaches actors the correct way to record monologues that will allow them to perform roles in a movie / TV series.

Who should read your book and what lessons should readers be looking for?
Actors who want to learn how to audition and get roles in films. Aspiring actors who are up for the job, who are passionate enough to learn what it takes to be in the theater industry and demand nothing but excellence. Actors who wish to record monologues that set them apart from the crowd. Actors who wish to improve their acting skills and overall performance. And anyone who wants to find out how their phones and social networks are a tool to project their brilliance into the world. The book is quite interesting to read, packed with plenty of acting tips, and also answers the many questions actors have about how to play monologues and act believably. It also features amazing contributions from Eleven Stars in Africa: Ajoke Silva, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Stella Damasus, AY Comedian, Shan George, Broda Shaggi, Ujams Chukwunonso, Peter Armand Boyo, director / producer Blessing Egbe, director Uzodimma Okpechi and Bimbo Ademoye.

What challenges have you encountered in the film industry?
I was seriously injured several times during the filming. I had to give up some acting jobs because of sexual harassment. I have also overcome bullies at work. I remember an incident where an actress tried to force me to quit the theater industry during an acting competition. We were both candidates. She said to me: ‘You don’t have boobs and butt, how can you be successful in this industry? Look for something else to do because this industry is not for you! Well a day or two later in the contest I won the acting contest and she lost me. I won several other acting competitions afterwards and also became a star in major productions. So, countless victories are my way of countering opposition, I don’t allow challenges to deter me from succeeding.

Who do you see as your role model (s) in the industry?
Some international stars inspire me. They are Viola Davis, Taraji Henson, Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie.

What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion for me is comfort, beauty and elegance.

What’s your style ?
My style is simple, comfortable, exotic and creative.

What’s your favorite fashion piece?
My smile.

What is your favorite local dish?
I’m not sure… maybe white rice and Ofe-akwu or Amala and Ewedu.

What are your hobbies?
I love to swim, dance, sing, travel and talk.

If there is one thing you have the opportunity to change in Nigeria, what will it be?
Our leadership culture must change.

what is your philosophy of life?
Love life to live life!


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