By: Zama Shange

I was born in Umlazi just outside of Durban. Raised by my aunts, as my mother Nelisiwe Kaula was furthering her studies and my father was always working. My mother worked hard so I get the best education.

I was loved and well taken care off, growing up. We were a huge family, my grandmother had 10 kids. I grew up around strong women, that’s where I learnt about independence.

I matriculated in 2007 at Ridge Park College, where I won my first acting award. My first audition, I landed a cameo role in the film The Puzzle.

In 2009, I Studied Dramatic Arts at the University of Witwatersrand, however lost the Bursary due to low marks. I suffered from depression and lost all hope because of that.

I moved to Johannesburg again, when I was awarded a scholarship at the Academy Of Television and Screen Media. I graduated in 2015, got an internship and was hired as a Video Editor by the SABC.

“I was born for a purpose, if I don’t fulfil it, nobody else will”, is my motto. I have a strong relationship with God, I depend on him, a lot.

I did a lot of cameos and theatre while in University. When I was cast for the popular drama series Is’Thunzi in 2016 that was my proudest moment. I had given up on acting when I got the call.  

My biggest and toughest challenge was finding an agency. I always blamed my androgynous appearance for this. I recently signed into an agency this year.

My plans for this year is to refine my acting and grow as an artist.