Zikhona Sodlaka on recycling actors in SA

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:46 PM  | Zikhona Sodlaka  | Drama

There has been a concern aired by South African viewers about the industry's trend of using the same actors and actresses across different shows.

Although this complaint has been making the rounds for a couple of years now, we've hardly seen a response from the actors themselves, explaining why we continue to see the same faces all over the place.

Surely South Africa has a larger pool of talent than what we are seeing on our screens?

Right. But according to actress Zikhona Sodlaka, there's a simple explanation as to why we tend to see the same faces on our TV screens for different shows.

Here's what Zikhona had to say about the situation:

"I don't necessarily think re-using actors in South Africa is a local problem but a universal problem. But at the same time, it's a catch-22 type of situation because now you have people who are professionals in this trait with limited work," she said.

"So those that have been working for about five years, and the work that comes, they get it because there is no other work that they can be getting in the first place.

"The nature of filming is tricky. We're not sitting in a country that has got fifty productions booming in the middle of the month and another new fifty next month. 

"So perhaps people who are already working in the field would want to work with people who already have a great acting resume.

"It's the same as having the CEO of Telkom being poached to be the CEO of Eskom and then poached to be the CEO of MTN. But because this is something we get to find out in the newspapers nobody talks about it. 

"So the exact same thing happens in different industries, it's just that those industries are not made public and that's not fair for people who work in the public world."

Zikhona also added that there are at least some acting competitions that are being produced to help develop and nurture the talents of new and rising stars, and helping them to find work wherever they can within the African continent. 

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