The Actor’s Questionnaire: Damola Odaneko

February 26, 2014 | Filed Under Uncategorized 

So here’s a thing: every week, I’m going to be sticking up answers to a questionnaire I wrote from a different actor. Hopefully, they’ll give an illuminating sense of what it’s like to be an actor in the trenches. If you would like to take part in the questionnaire, drop me a line and I’ll send it to you. This week: Damola Odaneko.

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Name: Damola Onadeko
Location: Streatham, London
Playing age: 25-35
Type: Boyfriends, personal trainers, hitmen, muscle of any sort (think Dwayne Johnson roles), and adulterers (I’m not).

Spotlight: http://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/6297-8942-4545
Casting Call Pro: http://www.castingcallpro.com/uk/view.php?uid=219838
E-mail: damolaonadeko@gmail.com

Why did you become an actor?
I tried the 9-5 job routine, didn’t work. Then I tried the weekend/flexible shifts. That didn’t work. So really, all that was left to try was the lifestyle of a famous actor – you know: fame, entourage, women, fast cars, praise, credibility… Still working on that.

How long have you been acting professionally?
4.5 years.

Do you prefer stage/screen/spoken word?
Screen.

Is acting your sole form of income/creative expression?
This questionnaire is confidential, right? No unexpected calls from HMRC? Working as a fitness model and sometimes personal trainer.

What role/project are you proudest of to date?
Definitely not being a gay male stripper in the award nominated show Strip Search. 😉

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever had to do on set?
First day on set for a commercial shoot being ambushed by the director, client, crew, extras, everyone upon arrival and being told “I need you to pretend that you are allergic to the product, but don’t show the symptoms, because you are blind and mute.” –what do you say to that?!

What is your stance on paid/unpaid work?
Dictionary definition of profession: a paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification.

How do you find roles?
Acting agent gets me 7% of my work through Spotlight. Sports Agent finds around 1.5% of it. I find the rest, from anywhere and everywhere! CCP, friends, repeat business.

How do you approach a role?
Like I approach a date. Observe. Study. Ask questions. Finally, act upon my impulse.

What is the most you’ve ever invested financially in an aspect of your career?
It hurts just thinking about it, every time. During my first year in the business, I saved up some money from my previous job, searched online for screen acting classes – which led me to the “coveted” (their word, not mine) acting class, called Shot To Be Seen. The easiest £350 I will ever part with to learn nothing in return. The invaluable advice, coaching, and industry nuances turned out to be what I already knew through-and-through. Waste. Hurtful waste.

What would be the single biggest piece of advice you would give to any actor?
Endurance produces character, and character produces hope. (Romans 2:4)

What’s the next big move in your career?
Marrying a well known casting director, US actress, or a willing fat American woman. I want that US Visa/passport.

What is your greatest ambition?
To inspire others like me.

Who’s your favourite actor?
Christian Bale.

What is your single best/worst experience as an actor (on the job or off)?
Best: when you get your agent calling you after a big commercial/TV audition. You know they won’t bother if it’s bad news.
Worst: when said call is not related to acting.

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