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Guide: Top 10 Tips For Becoming An Actor In South Africa



Many talented young people have aspirations to be actors one day, but fear that their dreams are unrealistic and unattainable. If you’re one of these superstars waiting to blow up, this article is just for you!

Because while becoming a working actor is certainly no walk in the park, it’s also not impossible. With sheer determination, commitment, a willingness to learn and hard work, you can achieve what you want.

And remember – everything you want to be, you already are. You just need to reveal first to yourself, and then later to the world.

I’ve listed 10 useful tips you need to take seriously for your to reach for the stars. And remember, nothing can stop you but yourself.

“Whatever your dream is, every extra penny you have needs to be going to that ” – Will Smith


Many people want to become actors and actresses for the perceived perks of being in the spotlight. Some just want it for the untold riches we often see being flaunted by famous personalities.

Geez, we recently listed the 10 Highest Earning South African Celebrities and found that the top 4 in the list are in fact all actors. So yeah, it’s kinda true – being a known actor can be a source of great earning potential.

Although fame can be an enticing motivation for you to follow your dreams, it’s important to be clear that you want to do this for the right reasons. The most important being that you love it.

As Oprah Winfrey articulated at her Stanford University interview on Career, Life & Leadership, which you watch here for some inspiration, you’ve got to “let passion be the fuel that drives your success.”

Some aspiring actors have made efforts to step into the industry, but once they are confronted with the harsh reality they never anticipated, they back down. If you know that being an actor is your authentic passion, and you want nothing more than to perform, proceed!


Not many people know about the SA Guild Of Actors – which drama graduates might have heard about during their studies.

If you want to become a professional and celebrated actress with a sustainable and rewarding career, it’s important for you to be aware – and if possible take part in programmes and platforms whose intention is to empower and hone your skills.

On their official website, they articulate their aim;

“The Guild exists to promote professionals in the performance industry, and to protect and enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits.”

Report to the website on how the Guild can uplift your skills and get you where you need be as an actor, as well as details on how you join.


A friend of mine recently advised that many people focus on finding big casting agencies with good references and clientele. Sure, they have all the biggest productions under their belt. They have the biggest actors in the business, whose success they credit to themselves.

Although that is true, she also made me realise that top agencies in the country have big clients with specific briefs, and often the most experienced and established actors on their books take preference.

Smaller agencies have the added value of being intimate and more focussed. Because they are not raking in as much money to keep their lights on, they are also dependant of recruiting authentic talent they truly believe in to score some wins.

It’s wise for you to look for smaller agencies with the same passion you are aiming for the big ones.


Starting small is nothing to be ashamed of. In truth, some of the greatest performers in the world started out doing small time jobs before hitting it big.

Starting small allows you to build confidence, gain experience in your field, hone your skills and work at your craft – all which will come in handy when the big moment finally comes.

Signing up with agencies that focus on casting people for commercials can be useful in exposing you to more frequent auditions.

There you will get the opportunity to showcase and polish your already awesome skills. You will get the hang of the auditioning process, tricks of the trade, valuable advice from peers and professionals, and as well open yourself to powerful networking opportunities.

And if you get chosen for one or two television, you will start making some money. You will also start adding up impressive professional gigs to your portfolio.


There are many trusted acting classes and workshops initiated and run by industry professionals, acting experts and experienced actors at your disposal.

Take time to do some ground research on these, as well as all the costs involved. Indigo View, Christie Schamberger Workshops and Kathleen Anderson all offer these classes.

These are some examples we dug out, but in now way is that list even close to being exhaustive of resources that are out there to help you master your craft and be ready to do what you’re destined to do at a high level.

It’s crucial for you to do your own research on the platforms closest, most affordable and most convenient for you to start with the work.

Alternatively, you can also approach other actors to whom you have access to, perhaps in the community and see if you can get them to mentor you! Remember that Cassper Nyovest kept going to Doc Shebeleza for mentorship before he filled up stadiums.

See? There’s always one more option. You just need to have the right attitude.


Some communities have government funded programmes for up and coming artists to pitch, showcase and perform their creative work. In less privileged communities such as Katlehong, there are art centres available for performers from the community to come and perform their work for the community.

Take a look at this MAP for all art centres in South Africa. lists some initiatives that might interest you here


How else are you going to know what’s happening in your future field unless you jump right in and immerse yourself in the living and amazing work that gets showcased?

Fine, going out to watch a play at a theatre requires a bit of money. But this could simply mean the difference between topping up your data or experiencing at work that which you aspire to.


We’ve mentioned theatres, community art programmes, acting classes, workshops etc throughout this article. In addition to everything you will gain from all these, never forget that being in the presence of people who are like you brings forth endless opportunities for networking!

How many famous people have you heard who keep revealing that they actually met each other at an audition somewhere years before they finally got their first big break? Well, I’ve seen this quite a few times and I think it’s actually quite inspiring.

Open yourself up to meeting and interacting with like minded people to keep yourself empowered, connected and focussed on your dreams.


Last but not least, get real with yourself. Sounds a bit harsh, but stepping out of a excessive fantasising and looking at your dream will help you to see as real and tangible. That you too can be whatever you want to be!

It’s also important to step away from looking at the industry as being ridiculously glamorous. It’s not fun and games and it’s not easy to crack it. It also won’t happen overnight.  Approach your dream with a real drive and treat it like objectives which require your utmost commitment, zeal, passion and focus, rather fantasies.

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed



We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.


Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’




Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

The House of Dragon

Photo Credit: HBO via Twitter

First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.



The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

Midnight Mass

“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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