Ghanaian actress, Gloria Sarfo has expressed her disappointment with Ghana’s movie industry, stating that it wasted her youth.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Asaase Radio, the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards revealed that apart from her involvement in the popular television sitcom “Efiewura,” she did not find many opportunities elsewhere in the industry.
She attributed her sentiments to the long hours spent attending auditions at places like Afrikiko, sometimes from 7 am to 7 pm, without securing roles. She described this as a continuous and frustrating experience.
“The movie industry wasted my youth,” she told host Naa Ashorkor “I sometimes go for auditions at Afrikiko at 7 am and leave there at 7 pm, and by the time you realise, the movie will be airing on TV, you would still not have a role yet, and this was continuous,” she recalled.
Sarfo shared her regret, saying, “I had a lot in me, you could feel that I had a lot in me, and I wish I did more.”
The actress placed the blame on Ghanaian movie producers and directors, criticising their approach to casting. She claimed that many of them would simply spot a beautiful lady on the street and offer them roles without considering their acting skills or passion for the craft.
“And most of the producers and directors, all they do is see a beautiful lady on the streets, and just give them roles, with no movie experiences, or passion to act.
Sarfo further highlighted that some well-known actresses gained fame through such means, but she refrained from mentioning specific names.
“And I can tell you this, most of the big actresses you see, that was how they got to fame, and I don’t want to mention any names,” she added.
She expressed her reluctance to share her own negative experiences in the industry, fearing that it might discourage upcoming actors and actresses from pursuing their dreams.
“If I decide to share my experiences in this industry, it might just deter some of the upcoming actors and actresses, and I don’t want to be the one to make someone lose interest in acting,” Gloria Sarfo said.
Despite her disillusionment, Sarfo remains cautious about discouraging others from pursuing acting and hopes that her story does not deter aspiring individuals from the profession.