Per­form­ing artist gets golden ticket

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO MY SPAR - Conelia Harry

RICHARDS Bay Chris­tian School learner Le­bo­gang Tlou showed off her artis­tic skills when she com­peted at the In­ter­na­tional Arts Tal­ent Show­case (IATS) au­di­tions in Jo­han­nes­burg re­cently and won the over­all dance cat­e­gory.

Le­bo­gang was judged by in­ter­na­tional tal­ent scout Kim My­ers and cast­ing di­rec­tor Rhavynn Drum­mer and also re­ceived a call back for her act­ing, se­cur­ing her a spot in next year’s Ap­plause Ris­ing Tal­ent Show­case (ARTS) in New York.

She will be trav­el­ling to Or­lando, Florida in June 2019 where she will per­form at the ARTS, au­di­tion for dif­fer­ent agents and do cast­ings for Tyler Perry Stu­dios and Fu­ture Films.

De­scribed as a hard worker who is filled with de­ter­mi­na­tion and drive, the Grade 11 pupil is pas­sion­ate about en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers while achiev­ing her own goals.

In­ter­ested in cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and cre­at­ing en­ter­tain­ment through danc­ing, act­ing and pub­lic speak­ing, ear­lier this year she was part of the team that in­spired a walk ded­i­cated to men­tal health aware­ness, called the #Howareyou Walk.

She is ex­cited about her op­por­tu­nity to travel to the United States and fur­ther her dance and act­ing abil­i­ties.

Le­bo­gang is in­volved in a num­ber of school ac­tiv­i­ties and plays for the school’s first team soc­cer and hockey sides and is also in­volved in ath­let­ics and cricket.

She founded the spirit squad (cheer­lead­ing) of 2018 and is the cap­tain of the team.

Her hob­bies in­clude writ­ing, jog­ging and ex­press­ing her­self through danc­ing.

‘I have found a way to bal­ance my aca­demics and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties by hav­ing a man­ager who helps me or­gan­ise my tasks and pri­ori­tises my ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘I dis­cuss my im­por­tant de­ci­sions with my par­ents and they al­ways of­fer in­sight and wis­dom on mak­ing the best de­ci­sions.’

Her fu­ture plans are to pur­sue a ca­reer in the per­form­ing arts and her big­gest dreams are to win an Os­car and to be able to en­cour­age peo­ple to ex­press them­selves in any way pos­si­ble.

She would like to en­cour­age com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port lo­cal tal­ent and change the way so­ci­ety views peo­ple who per­form the arts.

Us­ing her re­li­gion she wants to be able to glo­rify God through her tal­ents.

She strives to al­ways re­main hum­ble and re­mem­ber where she started, and to be grate­ful for ev­ery mo­ment be­cause she knows peo­ple tend to for­get their roots.

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