Yomi Fash-Lanso Explained his Burden as a Yoruba Movie Actor
Many countless flicks to the credit of the Smooth-Talking actor, Yomi Fash-Lanso describing him as a veteran in the world of Nollywood acting in Nigeria. The actor not only a household name in the Nigerian Yoruba movie industry. Yomi dream to become an accomplished actor began as a teenager which remained in the realm of a dream until he met the popular late movie director and actor Lekan Oladipupo, popular known as Lekinson in the movie world.
Yomi Fash-Lanso trade has Yoruba movie actor taken him to places where many of his contemporary can only imagine
The Yoruba movie actor went down the memory lane in one of his interview with one of the top journalist in the country, when he narrated his journey into Nollywood, an industry he said has raised him to a height that would be the envy of many. Yomi Fash-Lanso said without Lekinson tutelage, he might have just been another ordinary Nigerian struggling somewhere to make ends meet. He recalled with how he embraced theater through the effort of Lekan Oladipupo after years of tutorials in acting and directing, which make him to attribute his success in movie making to him.
Yomi Fash-Lanso said “I would have would go into fashion business, buying and selling fashionable apparels, if not for his contact with Lekinson
According to him, he is not happy with the division now in the Yoruba movie sector where actors and actress have broken into so many associations lately. According to Lanso “there is nothing like the Yoruba sector in the film industry in Nigeria. I look forward to the near future when we would have a formidable motion picture association that would represent the interest of all practitioners, irrespective of their geopolitical zones. Then we will have a visible and promising direction.”
Being referred as one of the busiest and most hardworking actor / director in Nollywood, he does not believe that celebrity status has any bearing on the way relates with his family. According to him, “where I have been able to place them in the society, even beyond Nigeria, through my profession, and they love me for it.”
“Celebrity status has not succeeded in changing me from the same level-headed Yomi they knew when he was not yet a public figure. Yes, outside the family circle, it is a different ball game because the society expects certain ethos from me when they encounter me but I have tried as much as possible to be my natural self. At the same time, I believe I have been able to record a measure of success by minimizing my exposure to the paparazzi.”
“Sometimes I just want to be me, but where I’m placed in the society and the world simmers me down a lot. Quite several times, I just want to be lost among people in joyful frenzy, but again the knowledge that all eyes are on me prevents me from doing that because any idiosyncrasies exhibited by me on such occasions would find their ways into the press the next day. In fact, pictures and tweets of such moments will adorn Nigeria’s blogs and micro-blogs.”
The Yoruba Movie actor still maintains a triangular friendship with two other top practitioners in the movie world, namely Kunle Afolayan and Funso Adeolu. But he claimed to extends his open arms of fellowship to “anybody that shares the same ideology with me about the profession. Such a person automatically becomes my friend; like Ibrahim Chatta, popularly known as Ojooja.
He said: “ Kunle Afolayan and Funso Adeolu are very close to me because we talk passionately about the industry most times we meet, because it is our major.”
How does Yomi Fash-Lanso relax with his busy schedule
“I grab every available opportunity I have to spend quality time with my family, and have massive fun. You know our work takes us away from them most times. At times I relax with my friends in or outside my profession over a drink. At other times, I sit among the elderly and listen to what my ancestors call oro agba (words of the elder).”
“So, I’m trying hard to give my children love and respect, so that they will in turn share it with the world, because that is what we need to make this world a better place for us all to live in.”
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Fash-Lanso last word for young people hoping to take acting as a career: “Never run away from knowledge. Never see the industry as an all-comer affair. Get trained formally, even if you have the talent or you are discovered in a club, and you will earn your rightful place among star actors.”