1. Hello Arinze, can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to be an artist/writer/actor?
I’m originally from Nigeria. Moved here in 1991 with my family. I stumbled into acting because I heard drama classes was a good place to meet girls. Turned out it was a lot more than that. I fell in love with it and haven’t looked back since.
2. What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m filming an hour long stand alone film with Dominic Savage right now. If you know Dominic Savage, you know that that man has a beef against scripts. So I’m finding it really fulfilling as there’s no script. So you have to make a lot of stuff up, right there on the spot. Just feel it, you know. It’s fun.
3. What do you do to stay at the top of your game as an artist?
Look after my mental health. It’s everything. And it’s the easiest thing to forget to look after,
4. How do you deal with rejection?
I ask again. Keep re-putting my bid in. Until I get a yes. It’s really annoying. And repetitive. But it works.
5. We do a lot of mindset work in Flow, how important is it to have a healthy mindset as an artist and how do you keep yours healthy and positive?
It’s as important as water and breathing, and Sea bass (to me). I meditate first thing in the morning and I practice mindfulness throughout the day. Breath baby, breath.
6. You are currently starring in your own show Misty at The Trafalgar Studios in The West End as well as having a new film out in the cinema, Been so Long. Congratulations. Did you ever visualize that sort of success?
Yes. Visualising things is important, it gets you ready, in case it happens. Some people even say that visualising makes it happen. If that’s the case, I’m visualising walking barefoot along a bangin beach over new year (I’ll get back to you on if that worked)
7. There are a lot of negative connotations in the arts, you have to be this or that in order to be successful. What is your take on that and what is it that drives you to overcome these limitations?
There are limitations in any field. But push through. They’ll never go away. Learn to accept that they’re here to stay. Dip deep, and go through.
8. Getting an acting job often seems like it’s in the hands of the God’s. Do you believe it is or do you think there are things we can do to turn things more in our favour?
There is an element of luck involved, yes. But hard work and smart work do pay off. Make your own work, that way your destiny is in your hands
9. Knowing what you know now, if you could go back to a time when you were just starting out as an artist and maybe struggling for work and a healthy income, what advice would you give to yourself?
Trust in yourself. Make your own work. Make that the most important thing. Stop waiting on people to give you a job. Tidy your room. You’re beautiful. Love yourself better. You don’t need anyone to tell you how great you are.
10. And finally, what is one piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist that you find invaluable?
The golden rule: Spread love.