Multi-talented Kannywood make-up artist, Mansur ‘Makeup’, has revealed his plans for the coming year, saying he plans to try his hands on film production in 2006.
In chat with PREMIUM TIMES in Kaduna, Mansur, whose finesse in make-up arts endears him to producers, narrated his next plans for the coming year.
“I have been a make-up artist all my life, and I train myself to be good since then. Although makeup is what I know best, I will also want to start producing films next year.
“I have always wanted to produce a movie, but that I want to also be good in my work, I waited all this while to see that I am really ready for it.
“Now I am sure I have got what I wanted in makeup, so I can start thinking of my first film,” he said.
Mansur however lamented poor remuneration in the film industry, saying crew members and other artists were underpaid.
“Producers are not fair to members of production crew such makeup artist, cameramen, line editors and even some directors. They pay them peanut even after they had an agreement with them before the project.
“I have cause to speak-out on this many times for them to correct that wrong but they seem not to care or change. They only care about actors,” he said.
Mansur said these were some of the things that he intends to change when he starts producing films.
“I am part of them so I know what they want. I shall change that carelessness and bring in better working condition for members of film crews,” he said.
He applauded star Adam Zango for the support he had given him to improve his career, as well as supporting him to start producing film.
“Adam Zango is a sensation in the Hausa film Industry. Anytime he invites you to participate in his film production as a crew member, he will pay you more than what you even bargain for in order to encourage you. Every one of us is happy and proud of Zango.
Harping on the some of the films prodigious to his career, Mansur said the films exposed his talent and shot him to limelight.
“Anybody who watches the above mentioned films will see how good I am. Indon Kauye was a film that I have to make-up Hadiza Gabon into a village girl. It was a great challenge, but I was able to achieve success at the end. Also watch Gwaska. It was a marvellous outing for me.
On whether he intends to quit makeup for film production, Mansur said he would not. “I shall keep making up at the same time producing my film when I start,” he said.
He praised the Kannywood industry for the use of sophisticated equipment and better directing skills.