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Blessing Patrick: You Really don’t have to Act Nude to be Romantic

23 Feb 2013

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Budding actress, Blessing Patrick is one face to watch out for on the movie jackets nowadays. This beautiful actress is a model and fashion designer on the other hand. She is also the editor of Infinity Fashion Magazine, United Kingdom. Blessing shares her story as an actress, fashion designer and model with LANRE ODUKOYA


HOW I GOT INTO ACTING…
I must say I got into Nollywood by sheer fortune; a friend invited me for an audition and that was it. The rest like they say is history.

WHAT ACTING MEANS TO ME…
Acting means a lot me; acting is life and I get challenged and inspired whenever I am presented with a movie script. In simple terms, acting brings out the best in me and I have always wanted to be a movie star right from when I was very young.

MY MAJOR MOVIE APPEARANCES…
I have been part of ten major movies which are out now, though more are yet to come. By His grace, I have featured in movies like the World of a Prince, Enter the Place; Wave of Glory, Blast of the Mafia, Sexy Vampires and Masquerade Dancer, to mention but a few.

HOW I HAVE FARED…
When I first ventured into the industry, I was not getting roles as I’d expected, but not anymore. Everything will always fall into place with time as long as one is dedicated. The keyword is patience; a lot of young actors want to become super stars over night forgetting they have to earn it. You have to work for it. Yes I have been getting roles as expected and I say glory be to God because it’s not easy.

WHAT IT COST TO BRING ME ON SET…
Well it all depends on the script and I believe my management is capable of handling that aspect properly.

ROLES THAT BRING OUT THE BEST IN ME…
Any movie I accept to do, I will give it my best. I like challenging roles because I like people to see me in different light. People get confused when they see me playing different roles and cannot exactly say if I was the one playing the role because I look different and I interpret the role very well. I can fit in every role because that’s what makes me an actress; but I think I will really love to do a story of a born again girl filled with plenty of Holy Spirit.

HOW I JUGGLE ACTING WITH MODELING…
I’d say that if you have a passion for the things you do, combining all of them and getting the best out of them will not be a problem. That’s because those things are the things you love doing.  Combining acting, modeling and fashion is not a problem; I just find a way to strike a balance.

ABOUT MY LOOK…
Yeah, I am blessed with a captivating look but that’s not my greatest asset please. I believe my greatest asset is what the physical eyes can’t see. You have to look at me in the spiritual realm. Christ in me is the greatest asset that I have got.

HOW I’LL HANDLE ROMANTIC ROLES…
I cannot act nude, but I can act sexy and I bet you, it will come out better than nude.

MY INVOLVEMENT IN FASHION
My involvement with fashion started from my growing up as a child through my mum who was a designer too.

HOW I STARTED INFINITY FASHION MAGAZINE…
I must say that God has been so good to me. The Infinity international which also publishes the Infinity Fashion Magazine gave me a platform to operate without any struggle. And so, l became an editor of the fashion magazine and a designer also. It all started in one of my visits to the UK and a friend invited me to the runway of infinity fashion week! I met with one of the top executives of the magazine and he fell in love with my Africa outfit. He asked if the outfit was made by their fashion house but I told him I designed the dress myself. He was amazed and he asked me some questions about my dress which I answered and he immediately made me one of the judges of the fashion show that night. He later contracted me to be the editor for the Infinity Fashion and Style Magazine.

LIFE AS A FASHION DESIGNER…
It was an interesting and eye opening experience; I got to learn new things working as a designer. I also got to find out that you must be very passionate and highly creative in this field of ours.

CHILDHOOD MEMORies…
Growing up for me was okay even though I got to learn so faster than my peer groups. My childhood was interesting because l grew up before my mates and if I’m asked to put it into words; l would say it was wonderful because l started doing what my mates were not doing at the time. I was always with my mother who was a great fashion designer and I practically learnt all that l know in fashion, designing and making of clothes. Who knows why my mother made it compulsory for me to learn how to make use of a sewing machine when l was only a child? Perhaps, she knew that she won’t be with me for long. My mother left this world when l was only a teenager, but she left me with a legacy and today, I am who I am because of that.

BETWEEN FASHION DESIGNING, MODELING AND ACTING…
All of them come first but it depends on which comes when I am available.

CHALLENGES OF ACTING…
There have been challenges encountered thus far, but I don’t see them as challenges because they are price we pay to get to the top. His grace has always been sufficient for me as child of God.

MY KIND OF MAN…
What kind of man would make me say “I do”?! That would be a man with the character of an Apostle.

WHAT MAKES ME THICK…
I believe my versatility on the job makes me thick. I can act any role provided it is not a nude role like I said before. I have the fear of God in me; I am very hard working and passionate about my career.

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