Hollywood is her dream

By Drum Digital
07 October 2013

I started doing films. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but I’m so happy that I’m doing what I love.

ZANELE PORTIA BUHLE MABUZA (25) My name is Zanele Portia Buhle Mabuzaand I’m 25 years old. I was born in Mkhuhlu, Mpumalanga.

I matriculated there and later went to Pretoria to further my studies. I studied for a Degree in Psychology at Unisa.

When I was in matric, I discovered that I had a talent for acting. My English teacher, Mrs Khoza, asked me and my classmates to do a play. I enjoyed it so much, and that’s when I realised that I was born to tell stories.

In my first year at Unisa, I decided to do something about my dream to act since I was in Gauteng, a place known for having many opportunities. But I was not sure how to go about this until I met a lady who knew about auditions for a certain play. I went to the auditions even though I didn't know much about acting. I was given a role that day, and I've never looked back since then.

I later started doing films. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but I’m so happy that I’m doing what I love. Last year, the New York Film Academy held auditions for people in South Africa and I was one of the people who made it. It has always been my dream to study at the New York Film Academy - it’s one of the best film schools in the world. I’m so excited that my dream has finally come true. God is doing amazing things in my lifeand I’m thankful for that. I believe that one day I’ll end up in Hollywood. Even though I still need more funding, I really believe in God’s miracles.

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