Phindile scores a role on Generations
A gifted Phindile Nhlapho is one dedicated, feisty young woman making her way up in the acting industry. Nhlapho was born and bred in the Township of Soshanguve and making her community proud.
She started acting in high school with her former classmates performing drama behind their classrooms for fun,”growing up I liked mimicking people especially my teachers and I was very good at it and that’s how I developed the love for acting”, she recalls. After completing grade 12, she joined a drama group called Afrika Entle because she could not further her studies due to financial problems.
In 2008 she was fortunate and got a learnership and studied drama, “That same year I was awarded best student in drama”, she said. Hhlapho revealed that she does television commercials and soapies, but sometimes she doesn’t appear on TV because she’s an extra. Hlapho landed herself a role on Generations the Legacy recently as an extra and said she is not sure when she will l appear again because she is on a call position.
She pointed out some of the challenges she faces as an upcoming actress, “Productions are always looking for a face that is already out there, and the perception that blacks cannot produce good shows, they wait for a crisis to give a black company a chance and they do it on probation”, she continued, “Other challenges include lack of sponsorship and directors who exploit artists”.
Nhlapho said that her biggest highlight was being part of the most watched soapie, Generations, “ It has always been my dream to be able to show off my talent to the world because I know it will serve as a platform to build and empower young or old people who look up to me,” she said.
Her future goals as an actress include furthering her studies and to land herself a permanent role in her favourite soapie Generations the Legacy. “No one is born useless, I would advise anyone interested in making acting a career to go to school and perfect their skills and get as much experience as possible”, concluded Nhlapho.
By Nothisa Sibiya and Tebogo Senosha