Hard work and big dreams set the stage for young actor
“As a 22-year-old actor, I feel blessed that I’ve had the support I have to pursue my dream.”
These are the words of Morné Vogel, an aspiring young actor who is working hard in order to achieve his goals and make a name for himself in the entertainment industry.
Born in Benoni, Morné grew up in Boksburg and attended Hoërskool Oosterlig. It was there that he discovered his love of acting after joining the school’s drama club.
When he was 15, Morné took part in his first stage production, a thriller titled Karnavaal Klanke. Despite that being a minor role, Morné continued to hone his craft and, at the age of 18, he was accepted into the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
After spending three years living and working abroad – an invaluable experience which, he says, helped shape him as a person and introduced him to different styles of acting – Morné returned to South Africa, where he immersed himself in various projects.
“I have always loved the South African entertainment industry and was excited to be closer to home and work with the talent here,” he says.
Aside from establishing himself in his home country, Morné plans to continue making his presence known on international screens and will be returning to New York and Los Angeles to discuss and plan some future projects.
Morné’s hard work and dedication seem to be paying off. Last year he landed a role in the stage production Vir.Ander, which had a successful run at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria.
Directed by Jannes Erasmus, Vir.Ander tells the story of six boys whose parents send them to a ‘conformation’ camp to teach them how to be real men.
Morné, who played one of the boys, said it was quite a physical role: the cast was required to do military exercises on gravel throughout the play – which was 100 minutes long.
“I definitely had to get myself in shape prior [to the show] by doing physical exercises at home,” he says.
When preparing for a role, Morné first reads the script in order to get an idea of what the writer’s intentions are for a character. Using this as the starting point, he then sees what aspects of the character he can relate to his own life.
“As an actor, I see myself as a vessel to carry the story,” he says.
Aside from Vir.Ander, Morné has also had a leading role, alongside Sebastian Schutte, in the short film Christmas met ‘n K, which is currently in post-production.
When Morné is not auditioning or preparing for a role, he spends a lot of his free time working out.
“I find it therapeutic, and it’s important to look after yourself at all times. I also teach at The Playhouse in Boksburg, to help younger actors cultivate their craft. Other than that, I write and save money to travel, which is one of my passions.”
Working in a creative industry, Morné hasn’t set any limitations for himself and would also like to gain more experience behind the camera as a director.
“My dream is to one day open my own production company here in South Africa,” he adds.
“The world needs more creative people, and now is the perfect time to start creating.”