Thobani's going up to the top

By Drum Digital
04 January 2017

When he was cast to play the role of Bhonyongo in e.tv’s 2015 drama series Matatiele, it was his first acting role

Since then, Thobani Mseleni can’t believe how his career has soared.

The East London-born actor concedes 2016 was an incredible year for him because he achieved so much. “I got a role in The Queen, Gold Diggers, 90 Plein Street and Heist, and I enjoyed each character I played,” Thobani says.

“They all challenged me and brought out my versatility as a performer and I have to thank all the people who constantly believe in me and my talent.”

Another milestone was when he fulfilled his lifelong dream of starting his own company, Thobani Mseleni Entertainment. “We teach young people about the industry, HIV/Aids and the dangers of alcohol consumption,” he

tells us.

But that’s not all he’s busy with: He also holds weekly workshops where he invites industry heavyweights to chat to young actors and actresses about the industry.

“Some of them might not be able to afford to study at expensive schools, so we offer them an opportunity to learn the ropes from those who have already made it, to help them pursue a career in show business,” he explains.

As if that wasn’t enough to be excited about, he also landed a role in an international movie. “I worked on an international movie called The Wound and it comes out in 2017,” he gushes. “I can’t wait for people to see it because it tells it an amazing story and I was lucky enough to be one of the lead actors in it.”

In addition to these achievements, Thobani’s also working as an assistant director on SABC2’s hit telenovela, Keeping Score. “I’m venturing into directing, as I’m now an assistant director on Keeping Score and I love every minute of it,” he says. “It’s something I wanted to do and it helps me get more exposure.”

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