Kings of Johannesburg's Tokollo on the lessons he's learnt in the industry

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Kings of Johannesburg star Tokollo.
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He’s been on The Queen, The River, Isithembiso and Netflix’s Kings of Joburg. Tokollo Sebothoma is taking the entertainment industry by storm.

TK got his break in the industry when he joined the cast of MTV’s “Shuga”. “I was fortunate to book the role right after graduation from film school.”

The actor has not looked back since. While he’s enjoyed all his jobs, playing “Happy” on The River has been one of his favorites. “He was a daring, ambitious young man with all attitude and I loved that,” he tells DRUM.

The actor is on BET’s Isono currently and he plays Simon, the youngest of three kids.

Gifted both musically and technically, Simon has devoted his life to pleasing his mother in any way possible. Out of all her kids, Simon sees himself as his mother’s righthand. “The character is the most challenging to play. He and I are polar opposites, so he stretches my creativity but I’m enjoying it so much,” he shares.

Simon is a needy, narcissistic young man who desperately wanted his mother’s approval. He is a lot like his mother but lacks her effective manipulative skills.

Instead he is desperate for power and lords it over the other kids at the House of Grace.

Kings of Joburg

TK is also now on the Netflix series called Kings of Joburg, where he plays the spoilt and privileged Tlotlo Masire. He says working on Kings of Joburg was an amazing experience.

“Shooting Kings of Joburg was pretty cool, I’ve been blessed to work with some of the cast members before, it was an amazing experience.”

The six-part series looks into legacy building, disintegrated family structures, deceitful brotherhoods and the effects of crime and African masculinities on families and society as a whole. “The audience can expect a lot of action and just a pure story of one man’s struggles with his past. We put a lot of work in the show and I hope it will reflect to the audience,” he says.

What does the future look like for TK?

The actor may enjoy being on screen and challenging himself as an actor but he has dreams to expand and broaden his horizon by exploring other career paths within the industry, he tells Drum.

“I want to get into maybe production or directing but for now acting is still the core focus. I’m still growing, still learning. An actor never stops learning and growing.”

He’s learnt a lot working as an actor. “I’ve had a mixed experience so, learning certain lessons along the way as my career continues to grow, I think the most important lesson I’ve learnt is that you need to have the passion for this industry, especially when the audition well runs dry.”

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