A star on the rise: Chanley Wong

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We speak to her about sistahood, and her SAFTA nomination.

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Winning the presenter search for sistahood, what did it mean to you?

Winning the presenter search for Sistahood was a blessing in disguise. I always knew I wanted to be in the television industry but I never knew how exactly. I stumbled upon the search through a friend and decided to go through to the audition because I was in the area. After my first audition, I had 6 callbacks and a year later I was given the job of officially being a presenter.

Tell us about the celebrities you have interviewed, which one stood out for you?

Sistahood has given me the opportunity to interview and meet so many people/celebrities. The one that really stands out for me was when I interviewed Nomuzi Mabena, her and I have been friends since we were in grade 6. When I interviewed her, it was such a full circle moment for us... two Benoni girls living out their dreams. It was an amazing feeling knowing we've both done well for ourselves, in the entertainment industry.

Being nominated for a SAFTA 2 years in a row, how does that make you feel? 

Never did I ever think I'd be nominated the first time... but for a SECOND YEAR IN A ROW? Never in my wildest dreams! I just know it's such a blessing, to be recognized for something I love doing. It's truly rewarding to be acknowledged by my peers in the industry. Those who've been nominated with me, this year and last year, in the Best Television Presenter category are true veterans in the industry. I'm honored to even be worthy of being in the same category as them.

Are you looking into going corporate with your strategic communication degree? 

I'm extremely happy that I completed my degree in Strategic Communications; I believe education is the most powerful tool any person can have. I can truly say that I'm content doing television at the moment, that's what my focus is on and I hope to have longevity in the industry too. However, going cooperate with my degree will always be a possibility. My degree has definitely taught me how brand and market myself too.

What to look out for in 2017?

I'm really looking foward to 2017. I really want to make it MY year! I'll still be presenting on Sistahood. I'll also be starting a radio gig this year, which is completely new and exciting for me, and hopefully I'll be starting a blog in 2017 too. And last but not least, take the SAFTA home in March thanks to everyone's support by voting for me by SMS'ing the letter "B" to 48430

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