COVER STORY: Do good for your­self

Senzokuhle opens up about his life in the in­dus­try and the lessons that t comes with.

Empowered Youth Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Happy Rikhotso

My mo­ti­va­tion for any­thing starts at the gym, hence I go six times a week

Best known for his role as Sthem­biso on South Africa’s pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion series, Mu­vhango. The 25 year old Senzo gives Empowered Youth a glimpse into his life as an ac­tor and other things he loves do­ing.

EM­BARK­ING ON THE JOUR­NEY:

Com­ing from a well-known town­ship, Alexan­dra, Senzo’s pas­sion for act­ing has al­ways re­mained one of his di­ver­sions and had al­ways wanted to go far with. Af­ter ma­tric­u­lat­ing from Alexan­dra Se­condary School, where he took dra­matic arts as a sub­ject, Senzo at­tended act­ing work­shops and had the prospect to be part of “The Gospel” and other mu­si­cal theatre shows. “Like any other pro­fes­sional ac­tor, the stage helps one to deeply un­der­stand the craft and that's ex­actly how it con­trib­uted to my growth,” he says.

MU­VHANGO:

It was in 2013 when he, to­gether with other 29 can­di­dates au­di­tioned for the char­ac­ter of Vusi on Mu­vhango and he was one of the two who were picked, but he did not get the role. “I was se­ri­ously heart­bro­ken be­cause au­di­tion­ing for Mu­vhango re­quired so much and I gave it my all, “he says. Senzo went through eight call backs and they kept on au­di­tion­ing over and over again. He tells Empowered Youth that it was the most dif­fi­cult mo­ment in his life be­cause there was so much pres­sure from his fam­ily and friends. “I had to work ex­tra hard for them to cre­ate a char­ac­ter for me af­ter Raphael was cho­sen for the char­ac­ter I ini­tially au­di­tioned for”. With is im­pres­sive skills, Senzo’s au­di­tion urged the team to cre­ate an­other role for him, which suited him very well and did not have to au­di­tion for the role. “Hav­ing a role cre­ated es­pe­cially for me made me be­lieve that when some­thing is yours, it will find you. Work­ing for such a big pro­duc­tion taught me to never fo­cus on the money, but the work,” he says. Asked about the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Senzo and Sthe, he tells Empowered; “we both hus­tlers and we both some­how be­friend peo­ple who will help us learn and earn. Af­ter hav­ing done a lot of theatre, Senzo also got of­fered a role on Mzansi Magic’s te­len­ova, Ring of Lies.

“I had the most ex­cit­ing child­hood be­cause ev­ery­thing I turned the fo­cus on, shaped me into a per­son that I am to­day. When other kids were play­ing soc­cer and ev­ery other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, I was in in­doors watch­ing movies and that's when the act­ing bug bit me”

Asked about his big­gest fears be­fore get­ting deep into the in­dus­try, Senzo tells Empowered that he has al­ways feared los­ing him­self in pur­suit of be­ing the best in the in­dus­try.

HIS LOVE FOR FIT­NESS AND GYM:

With his in­sta­gram show­ing his love for fit­ness, the vi­brant Senzo is re­ally pas­sion­ate about keep­ing in shape. “With­out gym I, can­not func­tion prop­erly. My mo­ti­va­tion for any­thing starts at the gym, hence I go six times a week,” he says. Asked about the best com­pli­ment re­gard­ing his fit­ness, Senzo tells Empowered youth; “Un­like most guys in the in­dus­try, you have sexy well-built legs”. Not just be­ing a guy in love with gym, but also a pri­vate per­sonal trainer. “What I en­joy most about be­ing a per­sonal trainer is; meet­ing clients who mo­ti­vate me to ven­ture into other as­pects of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try,” he says. Senzo has man­aged to re­main fo­cused in his life as young and in­spir­ing in­di­vid­ual in the in­dus­try. “I am a firm be­liever in prayer. I do not think I would be where I am to­day with­out it,” says Senso. The star ad­vices all youth to al­ways put plans in front of God first.

SENZOKUHLE RADEBE SAYS BE­ING ON STAGE HELPS ONE TO DEEPLY UN­DER­STAND THE CRAFT AND THAT IS HOW IT HAS CON­TRIB­UTED TO HIS GROWTH.

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