Ali Baba: 13 tips for a successful career in Showbiz (READ)

Showbiz is a visibility game, says veteran comedian, Ali Baba, real names- Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere- as he shared with aspiring Nigerian entertainers, his two cents on how to be successful in the game.

Making use of his trusted platform- Instagram- Ali Baba said visibility helps ‘to sustain the practitioners beyond the fees they earn’ hence, it’s important for Showbiz practitioners to ‘ask what can be done to remain visible’.

And without asking, Ali Baba, feeling extremely magnanimous, shared 13 ways to make it in showbiz.

1. Creativity that can’t be ignored. Hold your creativity so high in standards that even when you are hibernating the spiral effect is a constant reminder.

2. Use all social media platforms that push your career. Be in people’s faces. Let them know you are still here kicking it.

3. Make sure you attend events you are invited to that have network opportunities.

4. Dress well. Many media houses are looking for content. Fashion sells and people want to know how you are looking today! Own red carpets! It’s free publicity.

5. Don’t miss an opportunity to be photographed with people that matter. Don’t wait till someone creates the photo opps. Do it!

6. Do a wild thing every now and then. Then return to status quo. Then let the media milk it for all they can.

7. When fellow artistes ask you to do cameo appearances on their productions, do it. You gain some publicity and they owe you one. You will need it someday.

8. Take as many pictures with your fans as you can. They are your core customers. It’s part of satisfying them.

9. Have opinions and share same so people know where you stand. It shows you are not just an artiste but part of the community.

10. Can I have your call card? Yes! Always yes!!!! You never know where your services maybe needed. But always say, “send me a text first”.

11. Relate with colleagues and fellow players in the Showbiz hemisphere. It’s a very important ingredient in relevance.

12. Ignore publicity & conflict mongers. You want to be visible but draw the line between reputation and bad belle.

13. Build a distinct brand. That will be identifiable & can represent you. 14. Protect your image. Bad image is bad visibility. Be seen right. What do I know SEF? Shebi…

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