All-rounder artist Lesedi Job (33) chats to us about finding her career path and thriving in it.
By: Fundiswa Nkwanyana
1. Entering Idols SA in 2003 helped me to better understand my career path. After matric, I studied journalism because I thought that I could not make a living in the entertainment industry. But, I felt dissatisfied and unfulfilled. Making it through to the top 32 of Idols made me realise that I’m talented enough to pursue a career in the arts. I also met artists that were making a living out of the industry, which opened my eyes to endless career possibilities. So, I studied dramatic arts at Wits School of Arts after my stint on Idols.
2. Over the years, I have been involved in many exciting projects. I’ve been a part of diverse projects, which has helped to grow my career. I was involved in the Sousatzka Musical workshop in Toronto, which made me realise that there is a need for more black female theatre-makers. I then decided to be a theatre-maker who tells proudly African stories. I recently directed a theatre play titled Itsoseng – a South African story touching on service-delivery protests in the townships. I loved directing this play because it resonates with South Africans. Through it, I got the opportunity to work with talented young actors. I also took part in Absa bank’s personal loans campaign advert. This helped me embrace my adaptability as an artist as I was featured as the face and voice of the campaign. Another project of note is Lara Foot – a theatre production at the Baxter Theatre Centre. It was such an amazing experience.
3. I love working as an actress, singer, theatre director and voice-over artist. All these titles give me the freedom to tell stories that speak to our societies. I take people on a reflective and interactive journey through my work as an artist, and this makes me happy. I’m honoured to have been awarded this year’s 4th annual Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award by the Market Theatre Foundation. The award, which recognises leading young creatives who excel in their careers, has made me realise that I’m on the right path. I’m now motivated to continue doing what I love.