SHE was doing well as an actress and had even gotten some endorsement deals. But lately, Victoria Lebene has been appearing on GHOne TV as a broadcast journalist and that has raised a lot of questions.
But she tells Showbiz she has not stopped acting but has to pursue other interests to survive as it is very expensive being an actress. Especially with the nation’s film industry currently ‘dancing on wobbly legs’.
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“No I have not stopped acting, there is no way I will stay out of acting but we all know the issue, the country’s movie business is not doing too well, and keeping up is a bit expensive.
“You see, as a celeb, you need to grace an occasion and as such have to look good—the dress, the shoes, the accessories etc, they all come at a cost. It is expensive to keep up that status so not getting anything from your workplace is not healthy.
"I for one, I have invested so much into my brand and I have to keep it up but where is the income thus the need to look elsewhere to shore it up?
“I sat down one day and thought about my interest in broadcast journalism and I said why not give it a try too, to get busy and earn something more. That is why I am currently at GHOne as a reporter. It is just another aspect of me that I am putting to use,” Lebene told Showbiz.
Talking about how things are going so far, Lebene said, “it has been great, feedback has been amazing, the team support and encouragement have been wonderful.
“ I currently have a segment on the morning show, GH Today called Citizen Watch, where I go out and ask people what their thoughts are on some issues affecting society.”
She advised her colleague actors not to depend soley on only acting for survival. “From my experience, if you are into acting and that is your main source of income currently, it will be of a little bother. Acting is a good venture but currently earning a keep from it solely isn’t the best.”
Although she intends to still pursue acting, Lebene says she will accept only scripts with good messages.
“I will not take any role just because I need it or I want to earn an income, no, it has to be one that will impact the society positively.
“ A script that will give me exposure, one that will be screened in other regions or countries to expose my talent. So I am currently selective of the kind of scripts I get.”
Lebene, who holds a Human Resource Management Degree from Zenith University, said she developed the passion for acting during her time in school and hopes to take her career to the world stage.