*This article was previously published in Move! print edition *
She spent a long time imitating A-list presenter Bonang, in the hopes that she’ll follow in her footsteps. Now Kuhle Adams (23) gets to be a role model for other up and coming presenters, after landing a job on SABC 3’s Expresso. She was chosen alongside Jamie-Lee Domburg after a presenter search in October.
CHASING HER DREAMS
It wasn’t the first time she entered a presenting competition. In 2017, Port Elizabeth born Kuhle entered the MTV Base VJ search. She made it to the top three and was inspired to keep going. When she was younger, she was a fan of Top Billing, she tells Move! and spent a lot of her time imitating Bonang Matheba. “I was an aspiring TV host for the longest time, I would always look into the mirror and imagine myself as one of the Top Billing presenters.”
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
Her new gig keeps her on the go. She is travelling around the country and has just returned from a trip to Mauritius. She has wanted this for so long and says that seeing it become a reality leaves her in awe each time.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve told the people in my life that I needed a big break and to see it come to life is actually astonishing.” The Bachelor of Social Sciences graduate from the University of Cape Town was devastated when she didn’t bag the gig at MTV. But she learnt that everything happens for a reason.
“I made it to top three but I was honestly crushed that I didn’t get further than that. But I really didn’t want to dwell on it. I would just push it to the back of my mind, but it would haunt me,” she says. “I eventually gave it to God and prayed about it. What was on my mind was the concept of timing and how one day I would be gracing the small screen.”
NEVER GIVING UP
She took her loss as an opportunity to improve and was determined to chase her dream. To hone her presenting skills further she was a presenter on a youth talk show EkSe on Cape TV and also became a host on the youth show Roughing It Out on SABC 2. “That was all in the same year and it was really big wins for me. I just wanted to grow and become the best version of myself.”
When she heard about the Expresso Presenter Search she wanted to win it. “The whole process was the most rigorous but fulfilling thing I’ve ever been through. All my friends and family encouraged and supported me through the process,” she tells us. Although she was confident throughout the entire process, she would find herself experiencing feelings of doubt. “It’s such a weird feeling to have, when you’re in a space that makes you so happy but you still question your capabilities,” she says.
“When I was confronted with such negativity I would immediately shut it down and pray about it and then I would realise that I’m worthy to be in this space,” she adds. She recalls the day she bagged the gig. “I was so shook! But I saw the power of manifestation. I put out this dream to the universe and it happened. It’s been blissful to be on screens and to be embraced by those who saw me chase this dream; it gives me so much joy.”