Nigerian skit maker and comedian, Lasisi Elenu has revealed how he started off in the entertainment industry as a voice-over artist and a musician before going into comedy.
In a recent interview with Hip TV, the comedian was asked : “You jumped right into comedy trading off music, why?”
“You see this question, honestly, y’all really starting to flip me out. We know why the exchange, whether na trade and barter, we know. We know that it was not successful. It was hard. Life was hard. It was pressing my neck. E choke me. That was when e choke started. It’s obvious actually. A lot of people are like me today. They go from one career path to another not because it’s by choice but because they just found themselves there, and that’s my story.
I started off as an artiste, a voice over artiste, as a whatever, now I’m doing comedy. But it’s because I didn’t find a good ground for becoming famous there and I saw this as a leverage and I took chance and I took it by force. So yeah, that’s why.”
Then he was asked: “What is your take on jumping from one trade to another?”
To this, Lasisi replied:
“If you’re jumping, my brother, jump! You know why? Before this, I used to do music and I put out songs but what I did then was I’d sit down in my car and I’d record myself rapping to instrumental. I’d just download any form of instrumental and I’d rap to it. I got comments, maybe 4, 5, 6 as the case may be. I was also consistent in doing that but it took me nowhere. Will I say it took me nowhere? Mmm, not categorically speaking. But I still felt fulfilled doing that. No reward for it. I just wanted people, only family and friends, to see that and still give me their like every now and then. But then it got to a point, I’d reached my peak. I was frustrated because this would not just be the cycle – me sitting down in a car, rapping, ‘oh the rap sweet’, at the end 4 comments – what is the next level for me? I was consistent, I did that again and again and again. But the moment I was able to have a break as being Lasisi Elenu who came out as a ranter, I saw an opportunity, I saw a window and I took it and I held on to it. So I’m just human. I do not know what my life would have turned out to if I did not have a break in this career path. I don’t know if the videos I did that blew me then, if they did not go far or nobody saw it, I don’t know if I would still have (continued doing this). Because really, telling people to be consistent is not easy. But the advice I would give you is: the moment that you have that breakthrough, make sure your consistency is 100%.”