She used to watch Connie Ferguson as Karabo Moroka on Generations and knew she wanted to be just like her one day.
Actress Nondumiso Jozana-Zungu (24) did everything in her power to ensure she got into TV.
She studied drama in high school and at university.
Now the KwaZulu-Natal actress is living her dream. She’s been on Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya, Unmarried and is now getting ready to entertain South Africans in the new e.tv medical telenovela, Durban Gen.
She plays Ntando on the telenovela, which is due to hit screens in October. It’s her most inspiring role yet.
“Ntando is a go getter and always goes after what she wants; no matter what obstacles may be in her way,” the actress says.
She would like to be like Ntando in so many ways, especially when it comes to the resilience and fighting spirit that character has.
Ntando allows her to challenge herself as an actress, Nondumiso says.
The character makes her tap into parts of herself that she wouldn’t usually and pushes her to become someone she isn’t.
Dreams do come true
She’s a born entertainer, Nondumiso shares.
“My love for acting and entertainment has always been a part of me from an early age. Even at church I would take part in plays, choirs and anything that would have me entertaining people. This is when my family realized that I have a love for the arts,” she says.
“Growing up I used to be inspired by seeing people like Karabo Moroka on Generations and wished to be like them someday.”
She attended Russell High School where she took drama as a subject of choice in Grade 10.
She then did drama and production studies at Durban University of Technology.
She wanted to work in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes.
Before getting her TV break, the actress did plays and theatre productions which helped her grow as an actress.
“I love acting because it allows us to tackle existing issues within our society and it helps educate me on different things which helps broaden my perspective,” the actress tells DRUM.
She also starred in a movie called Nomthawelanga in her earlier days and this opened doors for her.
Enjoying fruits of her labour
She might be young, but she’s had a number of career highlights already, she shares. Working with the Fergusons was one.
Being part of the popular Isibaya is another. She plays Zoey on the show, which she says was one of her most recognisable roles.
Playing Peggy on Unmarried allowed her to challenge herself as an actress.
It allowed her to change her perspective on societal issues women are facing.
“This role made me remember how important it is for women to work hard and achieve all they desire for themselves. It’s very important that as women we continue to build ourselves and not live behind anyone’s shadow,” she tells DRUM.
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She also loves that she gets to work alongside the people she grew up watching on television.
“Being from a city like Pietermaritzburg you never imagine that one day you would go to the big city of Johannesburg because it seems so far away. So being able to do that to conquer your dreams is a big highlight for me,” she says.
The actress says she would love work with Sindi Dlathu and Warren Masemola.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I love Sindi Dlathu and I think she is phenomenal,” she tells DRUM.
She says Warren Masemola is such a diverse actor and does really well in any role that he is given to act.
“I would love to be on the same set with them because I truly believe I could learn so much from them.”