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Dean Balie - play & fail, responsible representation and honouring your part in the bigger picture.
The multi-talented creative Dean Balie is our guest this week, hosted by one of our Tribe-leaders
Dean has done most everything from stage to television, radio to writing and is best known for his 2012
Fleur du Cap award winning role as the Young Kat Diamond in David Kramer and the late Taliep
Petersen's musical, Kat and the Kings.
Originally from Steinkopf in the Northern Cape, Dean graduated in 2010 with a BA degree in Drama and
Theatre Studies from the University of Stellenbosch and has been making waves ever since his first
professional production in 2009 as part of the cast of William Shakespeare's Anthony & Cleopatra,
directed by Martinus Basson.
Dean recently received one of the first ever kykNET Fiëstas Sinjatuur awards for his contribution to the
arts industry and was part of the creative team responsible for Die poet, wies hy?- an amalgamation of
works by Adam Small and music, which won five kykNET Fiëstas earlier this year.
Dean was also part of the cast of Ekstra Medium in his portrayal of the character Slappies, which can be
streamed on Showmax.
An Actor's Roundtable with Melissa Myburgh, Caleb Felix and Conradie van Heerden
Nina Smit and Devonecia Swartz conduct a roundtable discussion with three of South Africa’s rising actors: Melissa Myburgh, Caleb Felix and Conradie van Heerden. The topic of this discussion is what you as a newbie on set can expect to experience and how to better prepare to make the most of your debut performance for film- or TV. Melissa Myburgh is know for her debut as the lead in KykNET’s television series Kompleks, Caleb is known for his recent performance as the lead in a groundbreaking KykNET storiefilm ANDER – the first Afrikaans film portrayal of a transgender woman and Conradie van Heerden, who is known for starring as the lead in Wesens- the first found-footage style film production in South Africa. We dive deep into:
- What you should know before making your debut performance for film- or tv.
- How to navigate yourself as a newbie on set.
- The question of whether you should study acting or jump straight into the industry.
- The impact of the current pandemic on the film industry, and
- How to sustain yourself as an actor.
These young actors have a fresh outlook that will enlighten your views and beliefs on the industry. Let’s break down those walls of fear and inhibition and prepare you for your film acting debut!
Veronique Jephtas - her writing process, creating authentic characters & safeguarding mental health
Veronique is known for her incredible spoken word poetry and rose to social media acclaim with the release of her poem “Dear Mr President'' which went viral. She wrote the play Hoe Change Hulle which debuted at the Toyota US Woordfees in 2020, directed by Lee-Ann van Rooi and starred Marlo Minnaar. This play was published in Staande Ovasie in 2020, alongside plays of Herschelle Benjamin, Igna Bota and Marcel Spaumer. She also showcased an extract of her script My Kroon se Krank at Teksmark in 2019, directed by Quanita Adams and starring Jephtas herself.
Veronique received her BA (Hons) degree in Drama and Theatre studies, specialising in creative writing at Stellenbosch University in 2019. She was one of six writers chosen in July 2020 to attend the Jakes Gerwel house writer’s residency.
Writing in Kaaps, she creates work that is authentic and claims space for those whose voice has not been listened to. Veronique holds the fight against gender-based violence near to her heart and uses her platform to speak out against it. She is an ambassador for Women for Change and speaks at events pertaining to these issues.
Veronique was part of the Fiësta-winning family production Jakkals & Wolf Onbeperk (directed by Amelda Brand and written by Malan Steyn) and is currently on kykNET & kie’s telenova Arendsvlei, portraying the role of journalist Jo-Ann Opperman.
In this podcast, Veronique dives into:
👉The power of not prescribing to labels.
👉Maintaining your peace and safeguarding your mental health.
👉The practicality of writing: the process of writing for different forms.
👉Creating depth in characters and allowing them to speak authentically.
👉Learning from nature.
Emma van Heyn - work until the muse hits, create from experience & vulnerability as your strength
Emma van Heyn is a young South African singer- songwriter, composer, actress and creative music director.
Emma is known for her incredible talent as a musician who writes, sings and produces her own music. She has released a 16 track self-produced album, Asylum as well as new singles as part of her new album to be released in the near future. Her cabaret show, Met Slenterslag na Shanghai, based on her experience as a pianist/singer at a hotel in Shanghai, ran for two years at the Woordfees and was nominated for a Fiesta.
In our conversation we dive deep into:
- Composing from the age of six
- Being a rebel to your own self
- Vulnerability as your strength
- Working until the muse hits
- Utilising your support network
Emma also get’s practical and tells us what her home studio setup consists of and many more useful tips- tools and tricks for aspiring musicians. Incredible insight, tools and advice. This will equip you to become a better musician and music producer.
If you, as an actor are uncertain or feel overwhelmed on how to prepare for auditions, how to create dynamic characters, how to get an agent, create your own films or know what tools & techniques will help you create unforgettable performances - visit www.novieguide.com and we'll guide you to become the best version of yourself.
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Loki Rothman - building a brand, attracting audiences and labels & letting go to let your music fly
Loki Rothman is a South African guitarist, singer-songwriter & film composer.
Loki is know for being South Africas' most loved guitar virtuoso and has carved out a stellar career through composing for film, touring with Jack Parow as his guitarist, releasing two albums of his own including The Way Back (2015) and his new Afrikaans album Op My Pad (2020).
Inspiring, practical and honest. In this episode, Loki gets real about the South African music business and how he has managed to build his own career.
We dive deep into:
- Loki as a virtuous child
- Managing your own career when being a multifaceted musician
- The myth of a recipe for success in the South African music business
- Building a song library
- Sustaining yourself financially as a musician
Loki is as talented as he is hard working and will inspire you to action. Buckle up and enjoy!
How to build your brand as a multifaceted musician and attract audiences & labels.
Marguerite Van Eeden - which role is right for you, auditions, dreaded crying scenes & side-hustles
Marguerite Van Eeden is a South African actress & photographer.
Marguerite is known for her roles in Sara se Geheim, Vaselinetjie, Moffie & Vergeet My Nie.
Raw, real and honest. This episode will make you smile, burst out in laughter and feel equipped with acting tips, tools and techniques.
We deep dive into:
- Deciding whether a role is right for you
- Preparing for an audition
- The dreaded crying scenes
- Marguerite’s photography side-hustle
This episode was recorded at our very first Rehearsal Room event. It's a live event where I pick the brain of the best actors and actresses in South Africa. We also open the floor for a live Q&A at the end where anyone can ask our guest anything on acting, career and life.
The tribe-members asked incredibly important questions at the end of this episode so keep an ear out for that.
Are you interested in being part of this creative space? Rubbing shoulders with the best in their field, connecting with like-minded actors and creatives and grow your acting/filmmaking skills? Anyone can register for a spot, for free, to come and take part in the transparent conversations we have with the best actors and actresses. They share everything they know about acting, tips, tools and techniques as well as how to make acting a living.
Make sure to keep an eye out for the next Rehearsal Room taking place. Book your spot and bring all your questions - let’s all get in a room, share ideas, connect and discuss and maybe even meet your next creative partner to colab with.
It’s time we smash uncertainty and equip each other with practical tips, tools and techniques to keep on growing & becoming the best versions of ourselves.
Marguerite is a joy and insanely talented. Buckle up and enjoy!
If you are uncertain or feel overwhelmed on how to prepare for auditions, how to create dynamic characters, how to get an agent, create your own films or know what tools & techniques will help you create unforgettable performances - visit www.novieguide.com and we'll guide you to become the best version of yourself.
Join the tribe, we've got your back!
Informative, insightful and a wonderful tool for South African actors!