We had the good fortune of connecting with Chiderah Uzowulu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chiderah, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas by Nigerian immigrants. From an early age, I knew I was different. No one had my name, my parents talked differently then other kids parents, I ate different foods, the list goes on. However, one thing I did learn was to always work hard. I have no excuse not to. I saw my parents work numerous jobs, meanwhile they were in the works of starting their own business. So, I saw first handily how much you have to work hard from such an early age. I would always tell myself “My parents made something out of nothing here, why can’t I do the same when I’m blessed enough to have all types of resources surrounding me in my everyday life.” They moved here with one suitcase, and made the best life for their family after moving here. What’s my excuse? So that is what impacts me today. The work ethic of just whatever I do is instilled in me. My upbringing impacted me to be the best me both on paper and as a human being. If not for my upbringing, I wouldn’t understand certain things it takes to succeed or even growing up in a strong faith household, some of the things I am praying for, I wouldn’t believe they are mine if not for my parents putting God in my life at an early age.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love to create. I’m someone who loves to create. Bring stories to life – make things happen. Creating characters then doing my best to be the breath of these characters. From my upbringing, I learned at an early age, do not wait on people. If there is something you’re serious about or want to make happen, then get it done. If I was to sit and wait on an opportunity, I’d be sitting and waiting my whole life. I wrote and directed my very first film back in 2017. I was nervous and second guessed myself the whole way. However, as the film began to develop more and more I couldn’t be any more proud of myself. I of course took a leap and jumped straight into it but it was the best decision I could have done. The challenging part of just trusting in myself was very real, but I felt like I did the best thing I could have done for me in that time. It gave me the confidence and assurance that if I can do this… I can do anything. I can write anything. I can act in anything. Produce anything- and the list goes on. I would want the world to one day know that trusting in yourself is the best thing you could do. They will soon realize that as more films from SABi Productions continue to be made.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since I am new to LA, I am still trying to figure some things out. I am still trying out new food places and exploring the city so I have a lot to learn. But, some things I enjoy are taking hikes at Runyon Canyon Park, A good pick up basketball game on Hollywood BLVD or even taking a walk down the city. My food spots I have grown to love are Dave’s Hot Chicken, Met Her at A Bar, and the Farmers Market have a lot of great choices to choose from in there.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my parents, who showed me the meaning of life and becoming a better man, period. My sisters who all have been a huge contribution to my success in my field and my support system – Francess, Ebony, Vivian, & Venita. Everyone in my friend circle who have influenced me and made me a better artist in general. Vilite Production, Acapella Studios, & Small Town Hero Pictures. Gerold Chan for his support and mentorship along the way. Most importantly, God. Being with me every step of the way.
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