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Mary Lazarus: I joined Nollywood for money, not fame

Nigerian actress, Mary Lazarus, has revealed that she joined Nollywood for the money and not for fame.

The actress took to her verified Instagram page on Friday to share the story of how she started her journey into Nollywood.

She said, “I told my friend that I set a monthly target and she was surprised. Let me tell you a story.

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“Years ago after National Youth Service Corps, I got a job that paid N48k monthly. I wasn’t really happy. Not just because of the money, but that wasn’t the career path I wanted.

“I cried most times as I drove to the office and sneaked out sometimes to attend auditions.

“One day, I made up my mind to resign without having another job; very risky.

“I told my dad about it and he didn’t object as long as I knew what I was doing. I decided to join the movie industry. I told God that if it was his will, then let me be successful. I set a monthly target for myself to double the salary I was being paid in my former job.

“So I set N100,000. Amazingly, that month I got a role in a TV series. The period of shoot was three weeks and my pay was N130k. Guys, I met my target for that month.

“After that month, I got another job that paid almost N100k. I didn’t meet my target but I knew God’s hand was involved. Fam, this was years ago and I can’t tell you what my target is now. It’s large!

“Oh yeah, I increase my target yearly, so I know if I’m doing well or I dust my certificate to get white collar jobs.

“I didn’t join Nollywood because of fame or to be posting pictures for people to like while my mates in other sectors are cashing out. I am a pure Igbo girl. I love money.”.

Advising new actors, she said, “Dear up and coming actors, Nollywood money comes in bits kinda; daily, weekly, monthly.

“Cultivate the habit of saving/ investing. Years will pass by and you will be shocked at what you used your money to do.”

The actress also revealed that she hasn’t met her target for the past three months because of her mother’s death.

Last two weeks, the actress had bemoaned how her kinsmen milked her dry during her mother’s funeral.

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