‘Final Cut’ winners launch acting careers
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.
NOT EVERYONE GETS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE OUT THEIR DREAMS
GOING PLACES: The Final Cut joint winner Cebo Zikhali says the competition was‘an amazing roller-coaster ride’.