Mak­ing dreams reel

Saturday Star - - NEWS - SAMEER NAIK

Ev­ery­one has a unique and un­pre­dictable story. That is why the Satur­day Star has em­barked on a project to give read­ers a glimpse in to the lives of strangers on the streets of Jo­han­nes­burg.

In the next few months, we will be roam­ing the streets of Jozi, meet­ing up with its cit­i­zens along the way and telling their sto­ries.

“Peo­ple of Jozi” was in­spired by the “Hu­mans of New York” move­ment by pho­tog­ra­pher Bran­don Stan­ton.

Hus­tling for laughs

“I’m out here sell­ing my­self on a daily ba­sis. As you know, here in South Africa we strug­gle to get jobs, so we need to make things hap­pen for our­selves.

“I’ve been hus­tling on the streets of Jozi, try­ing to sell my own movie. I shot it last year. It’s called Sgodo and Friends. It’s a com­edy and I’m the lead ac­tor.

“My friends star in the film too. I’m sell­ing my movie for R20, be­cause you know .. these days’ peo­ple don’t spend much on DVDs.

“The movie is re­ally funny. We did a great job of it con­sid- er­ing the vir­tu­ally non-ex­is­tent bud­get we had.

“I’ve sold a few copies al­ready and have saved up the money. The money will go to­wards taxi fare to get to other au­di­tions in Joburg.

“I want to be a pro­fes­sional ac­tor and be­lieve I can suc­ceed in the in­dus­try, even though I’ve been turned down at au­di­tions count­less of times.

“It can be dis­heart­en­ing at times, but my will to suc­ceed is strong.

“When I feel down I re­cite plays from Shake­speare and Athol Fu­gard, it makes me feel a mil­lion times bet­ter.

“I may not have much in life, but I have a dream.”

Jozi Streets Project, DVD seller.

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