26-year-old-actress Thuso Mbedu who is known as South Africa’s Kelly Rowland look-alike is now one actress who is now one of South Africa’s favourite actresess after her Emmy nomination for Best Performance for her role on Mzanzi Magic’s hit series Is’thunzi.
But life has not been a bag of roses for the actress, during a recent interview on SABC 3’s Trending SA the actress revealed that she hadn’t been working ever since her last production on Is’thunzi.
“You have to save a lot. Even now, cause the last time I worked was on Is’thundzi which was in June this year. I haven’t been working since and without my savings I don’t know where I would be.” she said.
The actress went on to share some knowledge about the importance of saving when working in the arts industry.
The actress who also runs a YouTube channel that also celebrates art through contemporary dance and ‘teach me how to series’ shared how she funds things by herself but also works with the help of friends and family, having done this for herself she speaks on the struggles even after her Emmy nomination.
"The reality of the industry is that you'll find yourself chilling at home, even with an Emmy nomination. That's so funny because there was hype for two seconds, where people were like: 'we want you', but in reality it was: 'no, not really. We want you because we want to be relevant and we want Twitter to see that we support you." She said.
This journey needs its own book... Do you guys remember us auditioning, trying to see if we vibe/chemistry laphaya at Rapid Blue in the room with the green screen 🤣🤣🤣🤣 then the script reading with an ending that left us on some YOOOOOH 😱😱😱😱😱ya neh. The beginning of a great and beautiful journey 🙌🏾 You know how they have those wrap up shows for reality shows, I feel like we need one of those just to process this! ❤️ It was fun. It was great. It was just the beginning... Next week Monday is the very last episode of #Isthunzi so Mzansi, you don't want to miss out 💪🏾 Without it, we wouldn't be celebrating the #iemmyNOM In closing: hi, I'm Thuso Nokwanda Mbedu and I'm a South African actress that is part of a groundbreaking production called #Isthunzi.
It’s not all doom and gloom however as she is using her other grown passion for directing, Thuso is working on a feature film of which the script development will be funded by the KZN film commission, and is also writing a film series which her mentor,/film director Amanda Lane has agreed to direct.
Main Image Credit: Instagram/@Thuso_Mbedu