Actress and producer, Zena Wood (30), from Kuils River has been accepted to join the prestigious Nomad Academy. This follows her graduation from the New York Film Academy in 2015. “I’m going on a three-month programme for leaders in different industries,” Wood said on being accepted as a leading voice in her industry by the Nomad Academy. The academy brings driven individuals together to create entrepreneurial careers, in inspiring locations around the world.“I think it is going to be a wonderful time with a very exciting group of people. So, lots of learning to be done,” Wood said.“We have so many incredible stories,” Wood expressed.“South Africans have really always made their mark in the world, (and) I’d like to tell those stories. I’d also like to focus on some conservation efforts in the future.”Wood knew from a very young age that she wanted to be in the performing arts, from the various extramural activities she took up.Before jetting off to the United States of America (USA), Wood studied at Stellenbosch University – majoring in politics and philosophy – before graduating from the Waterfront Theatre School in 2012. Thereafter, she completed her film qualification at the New York Film Academy in 2015 in New York. Wood’s move to New York City was not an easy transition, as she thought it would be. She is currently studying her MBA researching leadership and sustainability.Over time, she overcame the challenges she faced and grew to appreciate the cultures she was surrounded by, accepting that Kuils River was different from New York.Her latest achievement was getting accepted at the Nomad Academy.The programme is combined with travel, “so we will be living in South America for three months,” said an excited Wood.Her body of work includes her latest production, Blacklight – which is done using principle photography. As a producer, she works on many productions.Wood has been involved in several projects thus far: the Netflix show Faster; Race the World; as host and dance commentator on the TV Dance Live channel; as well as being the musical director and producer of The Nose Play, written by Kit Goldstein. Looking at where she is right now, Wood feels blessed for the opportunities to explore The Land Of Opportunity further. “I knew I wanted to go to America. I’ve always been drawn to it”When it comes to long-term-goals, she hopes to bring productions down to film in South Africa.