Lydia Forson takes on Selassie Ibrahim for 'insulting' Ghanaian full-time actors

Actress Lydia Forson has reacted to claims by Selassie Ibrahim that Ghanaian actors or actresses can't rely only on acting as a means of income.

Lydia Forson and Selassie Ibrahim

In an interview on Adom TV’s 'Ahosepe Xtra' show monitored by Pulse.com.gh, Selassie Ibrahim said there must be something wrong with anyone who makes such a claim.

She added that anyone who claims to act full time in Ghana will die of hunger if he or she does not have any side job to augment the meagre income they make from acting.

Selassie Ibrahim advised her colleagues to venture into other businesses and make acting their hobbies to get money to support their lavish lifestyle on social media.

According to her, the film gigs usually come once every three months and that cannot sustain anyone to depend on only acting.

‘‘...I keep telling them you cannot tell me you are a full-time actress in Ghana, there is something wrong with you. You cannot call yourself a full-time actress or actor, you must be sick in the head. You will be hungry and die a pauper. You need to find something else to do. If it is a business you can do, call it a hobby. I have a setup and other stuff, but how about an ordinary person acting? You called every three months for a role in movies. It cannot sustain you," she said.

Meanwhile, Lydia Forson has shot down the claims of Selassie Ibrahim, saying it only denigrates the already struggling industry.

She added that she was a full-time actress for several years before owning any business.

She wrote: “I get the point she’s making but this only denigrates an already struggling industry, especially where women are concerned. Too many people don’t understand filmmaking and Showbiz as a whole and it’s why some of these very nuanced conversations are overly simplified. I was a FULL-TIME ACTRESS for many years before I ever owned any business, and whiles I did struggle at times, I understood the ( BIZ) in SHOWBIZ and knew that I had to run myself like the brand I was, it’s where your money comes from.”

Lydia Forson added: “Actors all over the world have supporting careers when they’re coming up, but once you hit a certain status it will take your full time and you have to function as a business. Loving an industry and being in it doesn’t mean you completely understand it and it’s why we need a lot more conversations on SHOWBIZ as a whole and with people who have an appreciation of its complexities. And please, saying it’s a HOBBY only cast even more negativity on what we do; what she does as a producer, the people she hires and how much money she spends to produce one movie is not a hobby. Much love to all actors, filmmakers (including auntie Selassie) for continuing to sustain an industry that isn’t always easy.”

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