Gerald Langiri is an award winning Kenyan actor and casting director. He is well known for the movies House of Lungula where he played the role of Harrison, a role which saw him get nominated for Best lead actor in a film at the Kalasha Film and Television Awards 2014. His role as Joseph in the film Fundimentals also saw him get a nomination in the best actor in a comedy film/TV at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice awards 2015. He is also a blogger and TV host on #TalkCentral with Kalekye Mumo airing on K24.
His role as Nicodemus in the TV series Stay saw Gerald bag the “best supporting actor in a TV series” at the Kalasha Film and Television Awards 2014. His other roles as Don on Mali, Mr Araka Smart on Papa Shirandula, Police Commissioner on Santalal just to mention but a few, has positioned Gerald as one of the most sought after most talented actors in Kenya.
Gerald Langiri is the founder and administrator of www.actors.co.ke a blog whose focus is the Kenyan acting industry at large, giving news and information about the industry while providing opportunities to actors joining the acting scene. The blog has been nominated twice at the Kenyan blog awards and won best niche market blog at the African blogger awards and Gerald winning the best Film blogger at the Africa Film Development Awards 2014. That blog also assisted Gerald establish himself as a Casting Director and is known for casting movies like VEVE, Going Bongo, Selina and several series and TV commercials.
People in your field that you admire?
Ken Ambani and Raymond Ofula. For me to have a career in the acting profession and not to only excel but to last as long as they have is something to applaud.
How do you incorporate creativity in your free time?
Binge-watch as much as I can and watch movies. I am a lover of film.
What artists, bloggers and photographers do you admire?
Photographers: Emmanuel Jambo’s photography is great.
Bloggers: I read a lot of Biko Zulu and Charles Chanchori articles
Artists: Any artist worth pursuing the arts in Kenya deserves admiration. Really hard to name just a few in a pool of gazzilions.
Tell me about something you’ve created.
I recently acted, produced and directed an online youtube edgy comedy series called “Shit Happens” . Check it out. The response was amazing. It even got nominated for the RoldaWeb Fest in Colombia
How do you keep up with industry trends?
Read as much as I can and being in creative spaces to find out whats new where.
What is the biggest creative challenge you have faced in your career?
Fighting with that inner voice that tells you to quit is a daily struggle and challenge.
What are some of the projects you’re working on right now?
About to release a new film Titled “too sweet” that tells the story of Jim (played by me) who is diabetic. See the trailer on my youtube channel.
How do you respond to criticism?
Film is a subjective field. The aims are myriad: to move, to empower, to entertain, to offend, to share… accomplishing any of these goals demands getting one’s hands a bit dirty. I can’t win them all. In my opinion, you shouldn’t win them all. So I take criticism as exactly that.
What makes you unique?
My background is a little different from others in the field, which gives me a unique perspective that has allowed me to see solutions that are creative and resourceful. For example I am the founder of www.actors.co.ke a blog whose focus is the Kenyan acting industry at large, giving news and information about the industry while providing opportunities to actors joining the acting scene.
What would you say to youth who want to be in your industry?
Join it if you really can’t see yourself doing anything else because if you can, then do that other thing. The industry is cut throat and not for the faint hearted. However, once you excel in it, there is nothing more fulfilling.