He has impacted many in the South-west, Nigeria and beyond through his involvement in indigenous movies. After studying Banking and Finance at the Lagos State Polytechnic, he proceeded to New York Film Academy, California Campus, USA, to study Film Making. Now a professional film maker and an actor, Olaribigbe Sarumi is also a Brand Ambassador for Ti2 Clothing Line. Sarumi of On Top Entertainment Films International speaks on his life and career in an interview with DEKUNBI KUYE…
Why did you pitch your tent with the movie industry and how many movies have you done at present?
It’s what I have passion for and have done over four movies. I have featured in flicks like Ireti Oseyitan, Latorunwa, Ojo Aje and Alaye Oro to mention jus a few. I joined the movie industry eight years ago as an apprentice with Odunfa Caucus. The likes of Yinka Quadri, Taiwo Hassan Ogogo, Abby Lanre, Kehinde Adeyemi and many others have been instrumental in shaping my career in the movie industry.
Who is your role model in the movie industry, home and abroad, and why?
Tunde Kilani and Tyler Perry. I love them because they are very creative and spontaneous in their job.
As an actor and film maker, let’s know your five tips for acting?
Confidence: always be bold and confident in all your endeavours. Focused: always stay focused in all you do because you have to put in your best. Outlook: for ladies look radiant and for men, appear sharp at all times. Determination: always be determined to be the best and leave the rest for God to handle. And finally always be outspoken in character.
Going back to your school days abroad, what memories do you cherish if you have to pick?
The memories I would like to bring back to life is that of the group I belonged to at New York Film Academy. It comprised different foreign students from all over the world, which brought about much exposure and enlightenment as we were like one big family. There is also that of MISE – EN- SCENE project I was assigned to by the great Professor Todd Walker.
What’s your take on nudity in Nollywood?
Well, I am not the type that judges people. It’s their choice.
What’s your relationship like with prominentYoruba actors in the movie industry?
We are like one family and very professional.
If you had one wish to be granted, what would it be and why?
To be very successful and remain humble, because I want to be a good role model to upcoming film maker/actor.
What is your message to your fans?
I want thank them all for being part of this success story and may God continue to bless, guide and guard them in all there endeavours and I want seize this opportunity to ask them to continue to be there for me. I love them all.
What are the challenges you face in the industry?
Piracy. I would prescribe that the government come to our aid to fight and eradicate
What projects are you working on at present?
My recently-premiered movie entitled ADALUTE . The date hasn’t been set for due release yet because the marketer will determine that.