Aspiring actress aims to touch other people’s lives
Matshepo Molefe, an aspiring actress from Kempton Park, dreams of using her love of performing to touch other people’s lives, both nationally and internationally.
The talented 19-year-old, who is also a singer and a commercial model, is currently in her second year at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts.
Molefe says that for most of her life she has had a passion for performing and began acting and singing when she was seven years old.
Her involvement in performing in front of an audience started with her participation in Eisteddfod events, both in primary and high school. She also enhanced her talent for acting and singing by getting involved in the choir and drama club during her school years.
After entering SAHETI School, in Senderwood, Molefe took up the marimba and was part of the school band for which she received a team scroll for her involvement.
In 2014 Molefe left SAHETI to go to St Dunstan’s College, in Benoni, where she continued to play the marimba and, as a result, she was awarded full colours for cultural activities.
During 2013, Molefe performed in a play in called Mediocrity, written by Anton Kruegar (a South African playwright) and won a trophy for best supporting actress, for her role as the wife, at the House Play competition at SAHETI School. It was at this moment that she decided she would like to pursue acting and performing as a career.
Molefe says she loves being able to use her actions and voice to tell the stories of other people.
In 2014 Molefe performed in Once on This Island (written by Lynn Ahrens) at the Kempton Park Civic Theatre, in front of several sold out audiences. In 2015 she auditioned for the New York Film Academy and was accepted to study Acting for Film. However, she was later given the opportunity to study Dramatic Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand and decided to pursue this opportunity first.
2016 was a busy year for the budding actress as she performed in Fame: The Musical (written by Jacques Levy) and directed a play called The Shadow (written by South African playwright Thomas Dancer). This play was showcased at the Repertory Amateur Players Society (RAPS) One Act Plays Festival – a first in St Dunstan’s history. The play was performed in front of Mpho Osei Tutu (a South African actor and an organiser for the RAPS One Act Plays Festival) at the Market Theatre Complex.
The biggest door for Molefe, to date, opened in 2017 when she auditioned for the International Arts Talent Showcase in front of Elsubie Verlinden (director of Just You Model and Artist Management) and several other agents. Based on the strength of her performance, Molefe received a call back to perform at a showcase where she appeared in front of Kim Myers (International Talent Scout and Casting Producer for ARTS International) and was chosen to perform at the Applause Rising Talent Showcase (ARTS) in Orlando, Florida, which is taking place in July 2018. Here, Molefe will have the opportunity to perform in front of international agents and casting directors for some of the industry’s biggest players.
Molefe says she feels that every bit of experience she has gained has moulded her into the versatile actress and artist she is today. As she grows within the industry she is hoping to learn more about herself and her craft.
Molefe’s dream for the future is to be a successful actress and singer in Hollywood. She is also hoping to use all the skills she is learning at university in order to establish her own production company.
Molefe sees herself as an example for other young South Africans who also want to succeed in the entertainment industry and she wants to show the rest of the world just how much potential South Africa has.