Entrepreneur | Actress | Fashion Designer | Motivational Speaker | Creative Director
My name is Pascaline Edwards. Born in Lomé, Togo. I am an entrepreneur, award winning actress, philanthropist and creator. Barely out of my teens, acting on stage was an extension of me. I went on to feature in a number of Ghanaian movies in early 1990s notably; The Leopard’s Choice, Stab in the Dark, Abolition, Diabolo, Forbidden Fruit, The Mask, House Arrest, My Father’s wife, Messages, Without Her Consent, and Jewels and among many others. After a series of Ghanaian productions, my career took a turn when I began acting in major roles in Nollywood (Nigerian) movies, like: Journey of the Dead etc.
With vast experience and my fluency in English, French and several local Ghanaian dialects. I figured setting up a film acting institute - Film Techniques in 2007, would be a way of giving back to my community. Sharing my rich experience with young actors and actresses, who have the passion to act. As the industry evolves on a daily basis, being relevant is key. I am grateful my acting career is compatible and significant. However, even though I still make waves on the acting scenes. I am also dabbling in start-ups or entrepreneurship in a partnership capacity (Ghana’s top fitness gyms - GeoDan Health and Fitness Centre and starting my clothing line (the fashion design space). I believe wholeheartedly that, act of service and giving is one of my love languages. Therefore, I facilitate several other projects dear to my heart – examples: mobilization of kids and youth in my community and bridging the gap between the physically/mentally challenged and the able bodied through theatre
What were the biggest initial hurdles and how did you overcome them?
In summary, don’t put all chips or eggs in one bag or baskets. Instead, dabble into entrepreneurship or something revenue driven while acting if you can – as a side hustle. I love fashion design, something that comes naturally to me without hesitation. That could also be your calling too. I say all these (my opinion) because getting paid on time and being paid in full after all your hard days job acting can be a goose chase especially in the movie industry.
I know, that sounds insane. I am not stereotyping but that is my observations and experience being in the industry for 20 years plus. Being firm on your values is important after working hard should be your pride and joy. I had to leave the movie space for a while because I was butting heads with producers over getting paid. I did not get the support I needed from my colleagues back then.
What advice would you give to an upcoming youth or talents locally and internationally?
From experience, my advice to upcoming talents out there – don’t give up. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive and the focus” And “if you want to see change, be the change”.