‘Fi­nal Cut’ win­ners launch act­ing ca­reers

The Sunday Independent - - NEWS -

AFTER FIGHT­ING their way out of elim­i­na­tion more than twice, Cebo Zikhali and Nasiphi Ntabeni won The Fi­nal Cut SA 2017, SABC3’s re­al­ity TV show that un­earths tal­ent and opens doors in the act­ing in­dus­try.

And this was only the be­gin­ning for the two in­dus­try new­bies.

Cebo, who hails from Em­pan­geni in KwaZulu-Natal, au­di­tioned twice be­fore get­ting the green light to be part of the show and, even after that, he had to work harder not to get elim­i­nated.

And that, he says, was an amaz­ing roller-coaster ride, but now he has found a place where he be­longs – where he con­nects to who he is. He has also de­vel­oped a cer­tain style of act­ing that he be­lieves will set him apart from oth­ers.

“There were bad days. I think there was a time where I al­most didn’t make it and was al­most elim­i­nated in the Top 14. I was full of emo­tions, but in the end I made it,” says the 27-year-old, who was crowned along­side Nasiphi after com­plet­ing the month-long re­al­ity show that tested their abil­ity to di­ver­sify their craft while also pre­par­ing them for the in­dus­try.

“Be­ing where I am now is hum­bling, but at the same time I re­ally worked for it.

“So, when you get these re­wards, you can’t for­get to ap­pre­ci­ate them, and God for the op­por­tu­nity. I am truly hum­bled.

“The one thing I fear the most is that I will con­stantly have to prove my­self, be­cause peo­ple will still be doubt­ful of me. Un­til I re­ally put my best foot for­ward to claim my spot, it will be a jour­ney.

“The first thing that will kill me is if I start doubt­ing my­self.”

For Nasiphi, who is pas­sion­ate about act­ing, en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion was her cue to say she now needs exposure. “I have learnt so much while on the show. I have never done tele­vi­sion act­ing be­fore, have never been in front of a cam­era, be­cause I am a the­atre per­son, so all this ex­pe­ri­ence will pro­pel me for­ward in my ca­reer,” she says.

Both ac­tors have au­to­mat­i­cally landed a role on SABC3’s pop­u­lar soapie Isidingo and are still in awe of such a priv­i­lege. Cebo says: “Not ev­ery­one … gets the op­por­tu­nity to live out their dreams. Here I am, on the road to ful­fill­ing my dream.”

Nasiphi hails from Du­tywa in the East­ern Cape. She said her achieve­ment is for her com­mu­nity, be­cause it is rare for some­one who comes from that area to make it in the in­dus­try.

“The first time I was on set, in 7de Laan, was my high­light. Ev­ery­one is so proud of me. They are are sup­port­ive to­wards my dream and it is just won­der­ful,” she adds.




GO­ING PLACES: The Fi­nal Cut joint win­ner Cebo Zikhali says the com­pe­ti­tion was‘an amaz­ing roller-coaster ride’.

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