Making dreams reel
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.