COVER STORY: Do good for yourself
Senzokuhle opens up about his life in the industry and the lessons that t comes with.
My motivation for anything starts at the gym, hence I go six times a week
Best known for his role as Sthembiso on South Africa’s popular television series, Muvhango. The 25 year old Senzo gives Empowered Youth a glimpse into his life as an actor and other things he loves doing.
EMBARKING ON THE JOURNEY:
Coming from a well-known township, Alexandra, Senzo’s passion for acting has always remained one of his diversions and had always wanted to go far with. After matriculating from Alexandra Secondary School, where he took dramatic arts as a subject, Senzo attended acting workshops and had the prospect to be part of “The Gospel” and other musical theatre shows. “Like any other professional actor, the stage helps one to deeply understand the craft and that's exactly how it contributed to my growth,” he says.
It was in 2013 when he, together with other 29 candidates auditioned for the character of Vusi on Muvhango and he was one of the two who were picked, but he did not get the role. “I was seriously heartbroken because auditioning for Muvhango required so much and I gave it my all, “he says. Senzo went through eight call backs and they kept on auditioning over and over again. He tells Empowered Youth that it was the most difficult moment in his life because there was so much pressure from his family and friends. “I had to work extra hard for them to create a character for me after Raphael was chosen for the character I initially auditioned for”. With is impressive skills, Senzo’s audition urged the team to create another role for him, which suited him very well and did not have to audition for the role. “Having a role created especially for me made me believe that when something is yours, it will find you. Working for such a big production taught me to never focus on the money, but the work,” he says. Asked about the similarities between Senzo and Sthe, he tells Empowered; “we both hustlers and we both somehow befriend people who will help us learn and earn. After having done a lot of theatre, Senzo also got offered a role on Mzansi Magic’s telenova, Ring of Lies.
“I had the most exciting childhood because everything I turned the focus on, shaped me into a person that I am today. When other kids were playing soccer and every other outdoor activities, I was in indoors watching movies and that's when the acting bug bit me”
Asked about his biggest fears before getting deep into the industry, Senzo tells Empowered that he has always feared losing himself in pursuit of being the best in the industry.
HIS LOVE FOR FITNESS AND GYM:
With his instagram showing his love for fitness, the vibrant Senzo is really passionate about keeping in shape. “Without gym I, cannot function properly. My motivation for anything starts at the gym, hence I go six times a week,” he says. Asked about the best compliment regarding his fitness, Senzo tells Empowered youth; “Unlike most guys in the industry, you have sexy well-built legs”. Not just being a guy in love with gym, but also a private personal trainer. “What I enjoy most about being a personal trainer is; meeting clients who motivate me to venture into other aspects of the entertainment industry,” he says. Senzo has managed to remain focused in his life as young and inspiring individual in the industry. “I am a firm believer in prayer. I do not think I would be where I am today without it,” says Senso. The star advices all youth to always put plans in front of God first.
SENZOKUHLE RADEBE SAYS BEING ON STAGE HELPS ONE TO DEEPLY UNDERSTAND THE CRAFT AND THAT IS HOW IT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO HIS GROWTH.