Casting agency opens in Langa

2015-10-15 06:00
Zanele Bam and Lisa Mgwayi have started a casting agency in Langa.

Mbongiseni Maseko

Zanele Bam and Lisa Mgwayi have started a casting agency in Langa. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Zanele Bam and Lisa Mgwayi’s entrepreneural spirit has seen the two Langa born lasses opening a casting agency there, a first in the township.

The two sisters-in-law are determined to unearth the acting talent in the province and crack the small screen industry, with all its might and glory.

Ekhayeni Casting Agency is the venture, and the tow say they have identified a gap in the industry when it comes to casting local talent.

The duo say they are in a better position to start the agency as their experience in the industry places them in a good stead fro the business.

Bam said her work at D.O and Moonlight Productions will come in handy when holding auditions for actors and actresses from around the province.

According to her, the brief included looking for extras in television advertisements and other television productions.

“I realised that the casting agents look for people that I see every day in the township.

I then developed an idea of starting a company right on the door step of the people that are needed on television. The industry needs every kind of person, regardless of body shape, body size, looks, age or anything that you can think of.

Most people do not even know that they can make money just by their appearances.

It is a good opportunity for us to start a first casting agent in the township,” Bam said.

When Bam sold her idea of a casting agency to Mgwayi, the latter was readily receptive of the concept.

After that, it became a closely guarded secret, waiting for the right moment and as soon as Bam came back to the Mother City after finishing her television production studies in Johannesburg.

Bam is also armed with sound engineering television production course, a package that included production and directing, from the SABC.

Mgwayi recalls that her first taste of the acting industry was at a very young age and has since acted in many plays since 1980.

She has also acted on a number of television advertisements.

“I am so happy to have a business partner like Zanele. She is very experienced in the industry. She has been hands-on in every department in the industry.

I get worried about the youth getting involved in ill-disciplined activities in the area. I am so positive that they will change their ways when they become part of the industry,” Mgwayi said.

The duo is also planning to expand their wings to the Eastern Cape in the future.

All interested persons are invited to come and register and have their profile pictures taken for free at Monwabisi Centre, on Tuesday 27 October, in Langa

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