New TV presenter hails from Sheppie

2016-03-24 06:00

PORT Shepstone’s Carishma Basday has joined the cast of Mela, the Indian magazine show which has replaced Eastern Mosaic, as a presenter.

Basday makes her debut on the show this Sunday, 27 April at 1.30pm.

The beauty, who has since settled in Cape Town, has been dancing, modelling and acting since the age of four.

Mela is the new revamped version of Eastern Mosaic. It is fun and fresh and vibrant. I absolutely love being a presenter as I am so proud of my Indian­ roots.

“I get to meet and interview wonderful people and I am always challenged to do and try new things. I grew up watching Eastern Mosaic so I was thrilled when they asked me to be a part of such a prestigious show,” she said.

Apart from that, Basday has just wrapped up her role in an international series for the United Kingdom and has featured in several international commercials.

“I’m also an acting coach and I teach yoga. Travelling the country to shoot for Mela has made my start to 2016 a very exciting and busy one I think 2016 is going to be a great year for me as I have so much to look forward to and I have so many exciting projects coming up,” she said.

She said growing up in Port Shepstone and being a “small town girl with big dreams” has always kept her humble­ and grounded through out her career.

“I have always appreciated the enormous amount of support I receive from my home town. I owe so much of my success to Anita Schonauer, who was my drama teacher at Port Shepstone High School,” added Basday.

“My parents, Dick and Shamin Basday, have been incredibly supportive of my career and are so proud of all my achievements. They are beyond excited to be able to watch me on Mela every Sunday.”

With regards to tips for up-and- coming actors and actresses, she advises them to keep working on honing their skills every day.

“You cannot be lazy if you want to be an actor. Get a really good agent and start going to auditions.

“The more auditions you go for, the better you get at them and you will be more confident to go into a casting, well prepared and relaxed and hopefully start booking some roles,” she said.

Connect with Basday via Instagram @CarishmaBasday, Twitter @CarishmaBasday or Facebook on Carishma Basday.

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