Five Minutes with Bobby Blanco

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Bobby Blanco is the new kid on the block making heads turn.
Bobby Blanco is the new kid on the block making heads turn.
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He was the thorn among roses on Boity: Own Your Throne season one.

He travelled with media personality Boity Thulo overseas as her social media manager but always managed to get into trouble for being the rolling stone in her team.

Since the reality show, Bob Sithole (25) fondly known as Bobby Blanco, has become every brand manager’s dream. He recently bagged an ambassadorship with Smirnoff Infusions' new drink. The social media influencer and party starter says being on the show opened so many doors for his career and he is coining it.

Born in Hammanskraal and raised in the Westrand, the television personality, creative, designer, and business owner is now venturing into DJing.

“I took to DJing like a fish to water when a friend asked me to hop onto the decks at a house party. I was a natural,” he tells Drum. The self-proclaimed party animal naturally gravitated to Amapiano as his sound.

“I am currently working on perfecting this DJ craft, and parallel to that, I am currently in the studio working on my EP,” he says. 

“The biggest misconception about me is that I’m just about entertainment, social media, and partying. I’m a very simple person and I love keeping to myself. I enjoy my alone time but at the same time, I’m really just trying to make it in this industry and I will do whatever it takes.”

Five Facts about Bobby Blanco:

1: Education: “Many people assume I never went to school. But I obtained my matric then went on to study HR management for two years. I then got to the point where I realised that that wasn’t for me and went on to study at AFDA where I got a certificate in Drama. I would have loved to further my studies, but doors started opening for me and ultimately led to me putting school in the backseat to chase my dreams.”

2: Starting out: “I was very mischievous growing up. I got into trouble a lot. I stressed my parents out, that much I know. But I have always had dreams of becoming someone big in the entertainment industry. I got introduced to the clubbing scene and learned that I could make money. My first pay cheque was R750 that I earned while I was working with Cantare nightclub in Fourways as a host. I worked hard, had a sleepless night but I knew one day my love for the nightlife would earn me a living. These days I earn 1000 times more than that as a brand ambassador, influencer, and host,” he says.

3: Being on Boity: Own Your Throne: "Boity’s show helped me gain insight on what’s what in the entertainment industry. I gained a whole lot of recognition just by being on her show which led to me being approached by brands for campaigns.”

4: Goals: “My number one goal right now is to inspire people and make them believe that they’re capable of achieving anything that they put their mind to. I want to reach great heights and become a household name. I look up to people like Oprah Winfrey. People who take the time to give back by offering hope to people who don’t believe that anything is possible for them. I’m really just trying to be a big boss in the entertainment industry, I just know that I’m headed there sooner or later.”

5: His style and image: “I always say that I love simplicity when it comes to the way I dress. I dress to be comfortable and still look good at the same time. I draw a whole lot of inspiration from different style icons but the one person I think best describes my fashion sense is American artist Sisqó. I just love how he always dares to be different but also keeping it as simple as possible at the same time. I’ve recently started working out and going to the gym consistently. I have always tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet but now, I’m more determined to do so now that I’ve added the gym to my everyday routine.”

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