Over the past decade, the South African creative sector has grown into a thriving industry where musicians, artists & designers have turned their talents into professions. This progression did not happen by chance – it’s come about as a result of serious artists, investing time and effort into the business behind their art, as well as into the art itself. South Africa has a vibrant entertainment industry that is gaining recognition on the global stage. So this month we decided to celebrate the new faces on our favorite television shows.
Sean McCollet is a television presenter for SABC 1 show Instapreneurs, a reality show that follows the lives of modern-day public figures who have created a brand for themselves online. Sean is also a model that has fronted campaigns for different brands and walked runways in London and all fashion weeks in South-Africa.
What profession did you want to go into when you were growing up?
I have always loved the entertainment industry since childhood. I was never sure what exactly I’d be either from behind the scenes or in front of the scenes.
What is it about your personal brand that you don’t compromise on at all?
Because I was a practicing publicist, I make sure I am involved creatively and have the final say on everything I do publicity wise. Whatever image you see of me on my Instagram or anywhere else has been approved by me.
You host one of the biggest reality shows on SABC 1 right now. Have you always known you would one day reach this level of success one day?
Hosting on SABC 1 was never something I saw coming at that particular point in my life because I was so focused in my modeling career and growing my career as a tv publicist and was hoping to prove myself as a content producer. When the opportunity presented itself I was more than greatful and it’s been an amazing rollercoaster.
You interview quite a number of notable personalities in South Africa. What’s the one important thing you’ve learned from the people you’ve interviewed?
The show is about social media management and it has reiterated to me how important social media management is so important. The process of content creation and how that alone can be a production of its own has been an amazing lesson.
Were there any obstacles that you faced when joining the entertainment industry and how did you overcome them?
I started out 8 years ago as an artist manager so for me it was a bit of struggle to create contacts in the beginning. Fortunately, I’m a people’s person (oh so I think) I was able to overcome that quickly.
How do you balance your busy schedule, i.e. being a model and a TV presenter?
It’s really not as hectic as it may seem due to the fact that I seldom do it all at once. When I’m in production for Instapreneurs or The Gumbis that’s when it can get a bit messy cos if I get a modeling gig then it’s a matter of how do I get to it.
If you could travel back to the early days of your career, what would you have done differently?
I honestly don’t have any regrets or wish I’d done things differently earlier on in my career because I took all the necessary risks and steps to make sure that I’d be right here – which is where I’m supposed to be.
What do you like to do in your free time? Your hobbies and interests?
When I’m home in Capetown I hike a lot. Hiking is so amazing, not only is it a great outdoor activity but the feeling you get after going up Table Mountain or Devil’s Peak is quite something.
Any advice for someone who wants to break into the industry?
Be prepared for the rainy days. It’s not easy at all but it’s worth it.
What are you most looking forward to in the new year?
Money! Hahahaha just growing as a producer and creating captivating television.
Kwezi Ndlovu is a South African actress best known for appearing on Housekeepers as Thuli Ngubane and on Isibaya as Pretty Girl. She landed her first starring role in television when she was cast as Thuli Ngubane, the second oldest child who is very invested in the family business, in the second season of the Mzansi Magic drama series Housekeepers.
As an Actress what are your aspirations for the future?
As an actress my aspirations for the future are to change the lives of many people through my work and through my growth, because through growth I find my purpose as to why I am in the space that I am in. I also aspire to be happy in the space that I’m in, to acquire a lot of wisdom and knowledge, because when ure happy you do great. And lastly I aspire to teach, I believe that when you learn it is because you need to teach and if you do not learn then you cannot teach. So to allow myself to go through things and also grow through them so I can teach the valuable lesson I learnt to someone else.
What brings you the greatest joy about doing what you do?
The greatest joy comes from the viewers at home when they respond positively towards what I do. Most of our time is spent in studios and set creating and building characters and bringing them to life, giving them personalities and real experiences that relate with people, when people tell me that a certain character that I played helped them get through a certain problem that they had I feel like my heart is complete. This also then let’s the viewers at home give you a chance in getting to know you better and what you have in store for them, what you have to say, what you can do, when they love you and resonate with what you do they then are more interested in finding out about the real you, and that’s when I feel then most joy, knowing that I have a platform in which I can change peoples lives.
Who inspires you in terms of what you do? Who do you look up to and why?
I’d be lying if I said I have one person in particular that I look up to. I am inspired by a whole range of people, different people that do different things. I learn with every person I engage with. I am inspired daily, just by how people do things and how they engage with people how they handle their problems and how they get through life. But also I am extremely inspired by my parents and the ‘resilience’ they have.. the ability to fail and spring right back up, the ability to allow yourself to bend so you can learn then come right back up, it’s unmatched. And that has taught me a lot about how I should live life.. storms will come, trials and tribulations will be there but what matters most is how you pick yourself up and try again. Keep on keeping on.
If you could give the youth of South Africa one piece of advice, what would it be?
DREAM! YOUR DREAMS ARE VALID AND ACCESSIBLE’.
We fight a lot of battles as women, on an everyday basis, which is the toughest battle you’ve overcome?
Self doubt. I’ve doubted myself for most of my life when it comes to things that have to do with me, but I would do it anyways and I’d find that it would always work out in the end but not to the extent I would of wished too. So I started believing and trusting the process that I am never in the wrong place and it’s never the wrong time and that when I want something I need to do it whole heartedly and be so sure of it. ‘Faith over Fear’ and that’s just how I’ve been overcoming all my obstacles. ‘Faith over Fear’ you cannot fear when you have faith. You can only accommodate one, they cannot both be present.
What do you like to do in your free time? Your hobbies and interests?
In my free time I like to meditate, just to recentre because I spend sooo much of my time around people and different energies and vibes so meditation for me is what I love doing. I also love playing sports, but at the moment I haven’t gotten back to that so I just go to gym or take a drive to nowhere and just take in and absorb nature.
If you could be in a movie with any three people in the world who would they be and why?
I’m spoilt for choice, this is a tough decision. Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, and Lupita Nyongo I know you said three but I just had to add in another favorite of mine. These Actors are purely and simply phenomenal from their range and versatility to the dedication and amount of work they put in to every piece they do. I know when a movie has one of these actors, it’s going to be great.
What is next for Kwezi?
I’m currently 4 years into the industry and that’s still fairly new but I’m learning sooooo much and I’ve been blessed to work with industry greats in every production that I’ve worked on. I love the space I’m in but now I’d like to explore it from another angle, a writer’s perspective, director, basically to explore the world behind the scenes and learn as much as I can so that I too can have my own black female owned production house. But for now, you guys will be seeing me very soon on your screens, just stay on the look out.
Sandile Mahlangu is a South African actor who rose to stardom when he bagged the character of Siya in the second season of the SABC1 sitcom Single Guys and it undoubtedly catapulted his acting career to even greater heights. He has recently made his debut on eTV’s soapie Scandal and portrays the character of Simo Shabangu.
@SeanMccollet @Kwezi_Ndlovu @SandileMahlangu
Photographer: Tendy Diz (Tendy.diz)
Stylist: Phupho Gumede (@phuphogumedek)
Make Up: Lesego Mabena (@ll_mabena)
Sean and Sandile dressed by
Otiz Seflo (@otiz_seflo)
Kwezi dresses by MaryZo 2020 (@maryzodesigns)
Graphics: Rage Inc Studios (@rangeincstudios)