Unathi makes Disney history

By admin
18 June 2014

You couldn’t be blamed for thinking your kid got hold of the remote again if you recently heard a popular Idols voice on a children’s programme. Unathi Msengana became the first person from the African continent to lend her vocal prowess to a Disney Junior character when she voiced Rita the Cheetah on Doc McStuffins this week.

The episode featuring Unathi’s voice was first broadcast on Youth Day (16 June), but if you have young Disney fans in your house you’ll know it won’t be the last time the episode is aired. Of course the celeb’s three-year-old daughter is thrilled that mom can be heard on “her favourite television show” and Unathi (35) chatted to SuperMom about successfully juggling her career and being a mom to her daughter and 15-year-old son.

Is this the first time you’ve recorded a voice for an animated character?

This was my time first recording a voice. It was exciting; I never thought I’d ever do something like this. It was a great and enormous opportunity, and it was a great first time.

Has this experience made you want to do more voice-over work for cartoons?

It’s something I’d love to do again; it’s opened my mind to possible new professional discoveries.

Do you have a favourite Disney Junior show?

Besides Doc McStuffins, I enjoy watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse; the dancing, colours and action make it my favourite.

How do you manage your time between your job and spending time with your kids?

My kids come first, before everything else. I’m very strict about time management and I’m very strict about my time. I’m the typical soccer mom; I’m there at every game, being my typical loud, wild self. If I’m at work I’m at work and if I’m at home I’m at home; there will be no work calls, emails and so forth. I’ve learnt to be present in the moment, to live in the moment I am in.

Do you have a nanny that helps out?

Yes, I do in fact. I have a great support network; my nanny and I have a great symbiotic relationship. I think the biggest weakness modern moms have is that they don’t want to ask for help and my mother taught me to ask for help,  to get as much support as you can.

Are your kids aware of your fame?

No, my kids aren’t aware their mom is famous. They know their parents work in communication. And sometimes the kids at my son’s school will call me Aunty Unathi; I think with him he’s starting to get it though.

Do you have any advice for moms currently juggling their careers and motherhood?

Let go of the guilt; you are who you are. You can do it all, but you have to be yourself first. Fulfil your dreams; you can have everything but not everything at the same time. Trust yourself and trust in your greatness.

-Londiwe Dlomo

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