One might think that actresses and actors in the country make good money thanks to their successful cases; but according to Nyce Wanjeri this is not the case.
The former aunty boss recently spoke to a popular blog where she revealed that most actors get underpaid due to the lack of binding contracts.
Since you never wrote it down on paper, it was only by word of mouth, who will you tell you were never paid? They said they’ll pay you Sh5, 000 and they give you Sh2, 000, who will you tell?
Apart from the low pay, the employers also make demands that most actors cannot meet. She gave an example of when they call you randomly and expect one to report for an unplanned shoot.
“It’s not all of us actors that have cars. Till now I don’t have a car, I use public means. People will tell you, I want you in town at 4:30 am for a shoot. C’mon I stay very far from town, which matatu I’m I going to call up to take me to town at that time?Some of them don’t even care, you have to find your way. Not that they are paying you that much. By the end of the day, the money I’ll go home with after counting all my days’ costs out of the possible Sh5, 000 pay, I’ll go home with Sh1, 500,”
If you thought that female actors no longer get asked for sexual favors, Nyce Wanjeri went on to reveal that this still happens but most people prefer keeping their mouths shut to avoid getting fired.
“There are those that are like, hawatakupea show if hautapeana. There are those who are like, aaah, huyu dame anaringa. Kama hunipei by the way, lenga. Kuna wasichana apo nje wako karibu, they say for lack of a better word, kupanua miguu,”