Helping artist bag a first gig
SEASONED actor and film-maker Thapelo Mokoena wants to help up-and-coming artists bag their first gig in the industry by equipping them with the A,B, C of how to seal that first audition.
He has termed the project #BookYour1stGIG which consists of a seminar with him and other industry experts who will tackle the issue in three areas: agents, TV and theatre.
The seminar next month will be the first of many that will soon be rolled out across the country.
Mokoena is doing the talks this year because, as he says, experience has taught him well.
“Experience is what determines how far and good you become… It’s now more than ever that I feel we have a serious chance to grow the industry and add value,” he adds.
“With #BookYour1stGIG, I’m unpacking the industry in the best way I can, guided by my experiences and insights in the industry, and together with industry players and other influential people in the industry.”
The 34-year-old says participants can expect to be blown away. “Leaders in the industry, actors and presenters, and some agents are going to address them.”
He has been in the industry for 16 years and says that it’s all about getting the technical nitty-gritty ironed out.
“It’s understanding how you fit into the whole chain as some- body who possesses the talent and obviously at some point we will get to the point where we discuss what happens when you score your next series.
“As an artist, how do you package your money, and what grows you… and this is just the beginning.”
When asked how the seminar will appeal to people who are from different backgrounds with different mindsets, he says the information is there. It all boils down to people being themselves, and owning their spaces.
“We have potential in these audition spaces but some people take three to four years before they book their first gig, because they are just not applying the right mind to who they are in audition spaces.
“We are also going to touch on where the power lies.
“As South Africans we are humble people. When we walk into auditions, we walk in like we are coming to beg for something. Meanwhile,an audition is a process that’s been put together so that you can come and have a show.”
Mokoena hopes that the success of the seminar will make the #BookYour1stGIG grow into a quarterly affair for the whole country.
“There are a lot of things that I can’t put across now but I think once the first seminar kicks off, it will all become clearer. I might not have to physically go to Cape Town to have a seminar.We are definitely planning to keep it accessible.”