I realised my love for acting in high school. I was born in Alexandra township, North of Johannesburg. When I was two years old, my family moved to Leondale, East of Johannesburg. Because I was tall, I began playing netball in primary and high school. I then became interested in drama after I heard a friend talk about it. So, when I found out that I could take it as a subject in grade 10, I jumped at the chance. But, I worked behind the scenes, and started acting the following year until matric. Drama started taking up all my extra time which meant that I had to give up netball. I knew then that I wanted to do it professionally.
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I completed my B.Tech Drama degree in 2016. In 2011, while in matric, I applied to study drama at Tshwane University of Technology. I didn’t have enough points to study drama, so I opted for what I thought was the closest thing, Performance Theatre. I soon found out that they were two completely different things, theatre performance being backstage lighting, make-up and working on sets. After talking to the drama department, I was able to audition and earn a spot in the programme. I spent the next four years studying; I trained mainly in theatre where I learnt voice work, styles of performing and how to be a great performer. I completed my degree in 2015, and seeing my peers and other graduates struggle to break into the industry scared me. So, I did my Honours the following year.
Getting my foot in the industry was tougher than I thought. I have changed agencies numerous times since 2015 because they weren’t working for me. Not getting work was tough especially because we were experiencing financial problems at home. At one point, I got an office job that I couldn’t bring myself to take because I knew it wasn’t my passion. In 2016, I kept busy by working as a producer at my husband Vuyani’s production company, Arts Sake Productions. Here, I produced two feature films. In 2017, I finally found an acting agency that I was happy with through a friend. Though I wasn’t booking work, I was excited to be attending auditions frequently. In April 2018, my agent told me about an audition for a Xistonga drama series, Giyani Land of Blood. Two weeks later, I went to the audition and gave it my all. In May, I received the news that I got the role of Khensani Mudau, daughter of businessman Richard Mudau. I cried because I was happy that my career was finally picking up.
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The response to Giyani Land of Blood has been bittersweet. I am happy to be part of the first Xitsonga drama on local television. But, there has also been a negative sentiment about me being cast as a lead female on the series when I have a SeSotho name. What people don’t know is that my mother is Tsonga and my father was Sotho, so we spoke both languages at home. I hope that this is something they’ll be able to move past because South Africa is a melting pot of beautiful cultures.