Zululand Observer - Weekender

Performing artist gets golden ticket

- 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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