Saturday, 7 May 2016

I am believing God to win the BEST UPCOMING ACTOR (African Culture image Awards) in USA

Iyamu Osaretin Retz fondly called Osas by everyone obtained a Bsc Accounting from University of Abuja, OND Accounting from Federal Polytechnic, Auchi.

He obtained Strategic Leadership  and Basic Leadership Certificates from Covenant Assembly Missions.

He obtained a Certificate in computer appreciation and Awareness (DASAT school of Computer Studies)

Work history
Between 2008-2009, I was Trainee and later Shift Supervisor (Food Concepts Plc) 2009. In 2009, I became Consultant to BPRS for IPPIS Project under (Systems Spec Consortium, Abuja) 2009.

From 2009-2012, I was the Business Manager (Food Concepts Plc, Chicken Republic). Since 2013 till date, I have been the Director of Operations (High Definition Film Academy).

How did you come into acting?
I was a member of the acting team in my primary school. Much later, I joined the acting team in my local church in Benin city, Edo state. However at a point, I stopped until I came to Abuja in 2007.

In Abuja, I was advised by my friend Iyke to join the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria. I wasn’t convinced because I never saw myself as an Actor, not to talk of being a good one. I reluctantly started to attend meetings and actors forum. The turning point was when I met Director of High Definition Film Academy, Bright Wonder and he told me I could be make a great actor and we started rehearsing at home even when there was no acting job in anticipation.

We joined a team where we started getting serious about acting, and from there, here we are today.

What films have you taken part in?
I have taken part in seven films; Away from Home, Broken, Red Alert, Struggles of Eve (Series), Diary of the Triplet, Remarkable and Blurred line and some others.

Which is your favorite?
Hmmmm!!!! My Favorite. Well I really do like all the characters I played in the listed above because they have their different attributes though most are connected character wise. However, playing ‘Lume’ in ‘Diary of the Triplet’ was very challenging, inspiring and interesting as well. So I will say Diary of the Triplet.

What Awards have you won?
Outside the movie industry I have a few. But in the film industry I have had Two (2) Nominations for MOST PROMISING ACTOR 2015 (BEST OF NOLLYWOOD AWARDS), and the most recent, BEST UPCOMING ACTOR (African Culture image Awards) coming up in July 2016. I am believing GOD to win this one.

You were recently nominated for BEST UPCOMING ACTOR in far away America.

How did it make you feel?
All I see is God at work. This simply reminds me that the race is not to the swift. I am deeply humbled by this and I owe it all to God. The feeling is still very fresh.  

Do you think you have any chances of winning?
Every nominee deserves to win. As much as I desire to win, I have left it to God.

So many young people want to go into Acting. What advice do you have for them?
No passionate and determined person decides to do anything without counting the cost. I want to say to everyone out there who desires to come into the Entertainment Industry that they must never lose focus. There will be pains and discouraging times but they must put the joy they envisage before them always, knowing that true greatness is born out of the pains and struggles we go through and conquer without giving up. We must keep improving and trusting GOD in all we do.

What legacy do you want to leave behind?
I want to be remembered for the joy and hope I give to the helpless. I want to be remembered for the selfless life style I live and will be extremely glad to see the next generation follow suit.

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