We’d like to hear a little about your upbringing…
I grew up KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, in a very big family. I was raised by my mother, who loved us all equally and never had a favourite. My mother and I have always had a good relationship. We’re very close – she’s my pillar.
Have you always loved acting?
To be honest, no. I’m fresh out of high school and there were times when I wasn’t sure of the career path I’d like to follow, especially because my first love has always been soccer. But even though my family was supportive and patient while I was trying to find myself, I still pushed myself because I didn’t want to end up being idle and sitting at home just because I was trying to figure out what to do.
At times I’d feel like I was capable of acting, but I’d also doubt myself. But when the opportunity came for me to be an actor, I motivated myself and kept pushing myself to do and be better.
How did you get your role on Isithembiso?
I got a call from Bomb Productions. They were looking for someone who would portray Zamani, but I still had to audition like everyone else. It was a long process that involved several rounds of auditions, but in the end, I made it.
Joining Isithembiso has been a fantastic experience. Working alongside veteran actors like Hamilton Dlamini, Meshack Mavuso and Chichi Letswalo has not only been an honour, but it has also taught me to take my craft seriously.
They’ve taught me that there’s a time for having fun, but once we get on set, we need to be serious and do our best to tell the story the best we can. Also, they understand that I’m still new and are constantly there to help me get into character and portray my role in the best way possible. They are always willing to impart their knowledge, tips and skills to help me be a better performer.
Your sister, Nomzamo, has been in the industry for a while. What are some of the most valuable lessons she’s taught you?
As much as Nomzamo is my sister and she’s made her mark in the industry, she in no way helped me get onto Isithembiso. If anything, she would and still does preach hard work and determination, as there are no shortcuts.
Even before I entered the industry, Nomzamo constantly encouraged me to be a better man. She always taught me to be humble, no matter what. Now that I’ve entered the industry and am slowly making my mark, I will not change – this is something I’ve seen in her. Lastly, Nomzamo has instilled a sense of drive and perseverance in me, so even when things get tough, I always remember why I started.
Do you intend going back to school?
I have to. As much as acting is working for me now, I want to back up my natural talent with a qualification. That will ensure longevity. I’m taking 2017 as a gap year to find myself and my true passion.