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Jazama Nominated At Sotigui Awards 2020 For ‘The White Line’ Performance

The star of the Namibian feature film The White Line (2019), Girley Jazama was nominated at the Sotigui Awards 2020 in the Best Actor Southern Africa category.

She shares the nomination with South Africa’s Bongile Mantsai (Knuckle City, 2019) and Malawi’s Tapiwa Gwaza (The Road To Sunrise, 2017).

Jazama’s performance in the apartheid-themed film impressed audiences and festival curators alike earning her acclaim and the Best Female Actress nomination the 2019 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards.

“I am honoured to be nominated alongside the other two brilliant actors in my category. The nomination is a win for The White Line and Namibia because we as an industry are being recognised by our peers in the industry,” Jazama says on the nomination.

Girley Jazama (Image: Experienced Photography)

Last year, actor Adriano Visagie won the Best Actor Southern Africa award at the Sotigui Awards, becoming the first Namibian to be nominated and win at the award show.

The fifth edition of the Sotigui Awards will take place from November 12 to 14, 2020 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The White Line Wins Kilimandjaro Award for Best Feature at 7th Africlap Festival

Desiree Kahikopo’s feature film, The White Line (2019) continues taking Namibian cinema to new heights, having just recently scooped the Kilimandjaro Award for Best Feature Film at the 7th edition of the Africlap Festival held in France from 23 to 30 August 2020.

The Kilimandjaro Award for Best Feature Film is one of the two main prizes the festival has, alongside the Kilimanjaro for Best feature documentary and various other prizes. Festival Africlap is organized by Africlap, a non-profit association whose objective is to expose African cinema in Toulouse, France and surrounding territories.

Kahikopo says awards add certain credibility to the film and helps push the film further with the potential buyers and draws attention to her as Director/Producer, her future projects and the hard work of the entire cast and crew.

Desiree Kahikopo bts of The White Line (Images: provided)

“Seeing our story having touched somebody enough for it to receive an award especially knowing what we went through telling it- all the blood, sweat and tears- is amazing and I thank Jesus for it,” she says.

Kahikopo says she hopes the international recognition earned by The White Line as a Namibian film will continue to create a shift in the quality of Namibian cinema and draw interest to private investors and corporations, not just in Namibia but internationally and equally build audiences.

“I hope this will continue to lay the new ground for building this industry to a space that we can all be proud off and the industry becoming self-sustaining,” Kahikopo says.

The White Line has screened at various international festivals and consequently earned accolades locally and internationally. The film is yet to have a Namibian premiere.

‘The White Line’ To Have Its Official Namibian Premiere- Finally!

The White Line has finally concluded its first festival run and is now ready for the Namibian premiere.

The White Line has won 3 awards at the 2019 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards and internationally won Best Feature Film and Best Cinematographer at The African Emerging Filmmakers Awards. Equally, the film screened at various film festivals all over the world, including the Durban International Film Festival, New York African Diaspora Film Festival, Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt, among others.

Now the producers announced that the film will have its first official red carpet premiere in Namibia, set for 20 March at Ster Kinekor Grove Mall, Windhoek.

Locally, The White Line has only had a press screening and in preparation for the 2019 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards screened at the Namibian Film Week in Windhoek. Director Desiree Kahikopo previously said the film will first have a festival run and after that, once they have secured additional funding, they will have the official Namibian premiere.

Starring Girley Jazarama, Jan-Barend Scheepers, Sunet van Wyk and Mervin Uahupirapi, The White Line, set in 1963, after the Old Location uprising which shook South West Africa, the film follows a black domestic worker, Sylvia (Jazama), whose life is changed when she encounters an Afrikaner police officer, Pieter (Scheepers) on a routine passbook check.

The film was one of the most anticipated films of 2019, alongside films like #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm, Baxu and the Giants and Hairareb and features some of the best movie performances Namibia has to offer.

The film features an original soundtrack by Micheal Pulse with the screenplay also written by Pulse.

Tickets to the red carpet premiere of The White Line are now on sale at Ster Kinekor for N$60.

UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the premiere has been cancelled.

‘The White Line’ Nominated At The 7th African Emerging Filmmakers Awards

Namibian feature film, The White Line has been nominated for Best Sound and Best Cinematography at the 7th African Emerging Filmmakers Awards, slated to take place on 16 November 2019 at the Greyville Race Course, Durban, South Africa.

In the Best Sound category, The White Line is pitted against Ibala, Imvelaphi and Verloop, while being up against Verloop and Ibala in the Best Cinematography category. The film is directed by Desiree Kahikopo, with a screenplay by Micheal Pulse.

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Jan-Barend Scheepers and Girley Jazama in The White Line (Images: thewhitelinefilm.com)

Starring Girley Jazarama, Jan-Barend Scheepers, Sunet van Wyk and Mervin Uahupirapi, The White Line won Best Film Script, Best Director and Audience Choice Award at the 2019 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards in October.

Set in 1963, after the Old Location uprising which shook South West Africa, the film follows a black domestic worker, Sylvia (Jazama), whose life is changed when she encounters an Afrikaner police officer, Pieter (Scheepers) on a routine passbook check. Their illicit love for each other grows over time through the letters they write to each other, as they encounter obstacles brought forth by the pigment of their skin.

The African Emerging Filmmakers Awards are hosted by Ethekwini Filmmakers Association, with the assistance of the Durban Film Office, Kwazulu Natal Film Commission, and KZN EDTEA.

Update: 17 November- The White Line won Best Feature Film and Best Cinematographer at the Awards.

‘The White Line’ To Have Its Run in Joburg, Rwanda, New York

Desiree Kahikopo’s The White Line will be screened at the Joburg Film Festival, set to run from the 19 to 24 November 2019 in Johannesburg.

The six-day film programme includes all the excitement and Hollywood pizzazz associated with red carpet premieres, screenings and awards as celebrities rub shoulders with serious filmgoers in a rich display of filmmaking at its very best.

So far, the film has screened at two festivals in South Africa, the Durban International Film Festival and got curated by the Durban International film festival to screen at the Hilton Arts Festival in Durban as well.

Director Kahikopo said being curated for the Joburg Film Festival is really awesome as South Africa has one of the largest film and television industries in Africa.

“To get an opportunity to showcase our film there really is a step in you know, for recognition as an industry, our stories and what we too have to offer. When I was in Berlin at the Berlinale I spoke about Namibia’s Unique voice within the African Cinematic movement and I wanted Namibia’s voice to be heard and our stories to be seen within Africa and the Diaspora and having to get chance to do this at this great African film Festivals where African meets and the world meets Africa its incredible,” Kahikopo said.

According to Kahikopo, The White Line has also been selected the 15th Rwanda Film Festival happening now in October and at the New York African Diaspora Film Festival in New York happening end of November.

The film was also selected for the Cape Town International Market and Film Festival which has been unfortunately cancelled for this year and will take place only next year.

“I’m really glad that and grateful that we are getting headway outside of the country one step at a time,” Kahikopo said.

Film Review: ‘The White Line’

Director: Desiree Kahikopo
Screenplay: Micheal Pulse
Cast: Girley Jazama, Jan-Barend Scheepers, Sunet van Wyk, Cheez Uahupirapi

Rating: ★★★

The White Line has a message to share and sure as hell cannot wait to get it done and over with.

Filled with all the right ingredients for a colonial romantic drama, The White Line could’ve easily been a great film, if it weren’t for the way the writing, editing, acting and cinematography came together.

The editing really ruins this beautiful love story, cutting from scene to scene, often introducing trivial information which has little effect on the main storyline. The apartheid era, (which the film is set in), is painful for many Namibians and the idea of a forbidden love story blooming during that time easily has an appealing effect. However, a few kiss scenes here and there does not really make a tearjerker- which is something The White Line evidently tried to achieve but failed in.

Casting Girley Jazama as the anguished domestic worker, Sylvia Kamutjemo, was expertly done. Jazama really sells pain and grief. Whether she’s just a good cry-on-cue actress or it’s the result of the director’s torture, Jazama makes one sympathize with her. You really get into the feels.

Alongside Jazama, is Sylvia’s love interest, Afrikaner police officer, Pieter de Wet- played by Jan-Barend Scheepers. The film shows potential for great romantic chemistry between Sylvia and Pieter, but Jazama and Pieter’s delivery for this seemed a little uncomfortable and forced at times. The only moment I felt the ‘magnetic’ attraction between the two characters was when they wrote letters to each other. Pieter, being a sweet, nerdy (or nervous) guy, is open-minded and perhaps in desperate need of a soulmate- or caretaker.

The posh, buzzkill of a woman, Anne-Marie de Wet (Sunet van Wyk) is by far my favourite character in the film. Van Wyk does justice to the character- who is the godmother of inherited racial prejudice- at least in the realm of The White Line. Anne-Marie uses the apartheid regime to her advantage to tower over Pieter and Silvia. Anne-Marie’s has a dominant personality and makes you think her housewife status gives her a lot of time to devise ways that put pressure on Pieter and Sylvia. She is the perfect antagonist: knows what she wants and will go to any length to get it.

The film is perfectly constructed in Otjiherero and Afrikaans (with English subtitles). The cinematography is pretty standard- considering the budget. Director Desiree Kahikopo visibly tried to give the film that 1960’s feel, aided by the colouring. The film is mostly shot in close-up and medium shots. Kahikopo did okay in directing the film- considering it is her directorial debut.

Screenwriter Micheal Pulse did a good job writing the story- the twists do intrigue and would’ve benefited from better ironing out of the scenes. The film has a firm supporting cast who does justice to the sub-plots. The music, especially Pulse’s original song titled The White Line gives substance to the overall film.

It is a good story- just not put together well. The film is important. The story is beautiful. The acting is okay and if you are a fan of stand-up comics who poke fun at accents, you will definitely want to see The White Line.

Watch The White Line trailer:

Jan-Barend Scheepers On His The White Line Character & The Acting Gig

In the upcoming Namibian feature film by Desiree Kahikopo The White Line, Jan-Barend Scheepers plays Pieter De Wet, a young Afrikaner police officer in the early 1960’s Windhoek.

Under the circumstances of the era, Pieter is forced to make difficult choices that will have ripple effects in the future for their unborn child.

Namib Insider did a Q&A with Scheepers;

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Tell us more about your character in The White Line film.

He is a complex character, who struggles with the contradictions between his beliefs, heart and the society (and its laws) which he finds himself in, and especially, has to uphold because of his profession. He feels torn, but cannot see a way out of what is expected of him. He is somewhat of a victim, who has always been subservient to the larger powers around him, which dominates his life; including his abusive, patriarchal father, a dominating and conniving sister, and obviously the accepted Afrikaner culture and its tyrannical expectations on which white men must conduct themselves. Thus far, he has gotten through his formative years by keeping his head down and trying to follow what is expected of him. This is why the police force initially seemed like a good fit. However, now that he has become older, he starts to have questions. He cannot ignore the truth of his heart and what he sees as blatant injustice against the basic good in all people.

Without revealing much, what is your favourite line the film?

“Hoe is jou hart so vol haat? Veral teen eimand wat niks aan jou gedoen het nie? Mense wat jou net hulp en groot gemaak het? Jy vergeet dat dit die eienste mense is wat jou al jou morele waarde geleer het.”

What is The White Line experience like for you?

It was amazing to work closely with so many highly functional creatives. I was very impressed to be in a space filled with very large personalities, however, everyone was very aware of themselves and emotionally conscious. As with any project, there are occasional tensions, and I was so impressed with the manner in which people considered each other, articulated their frustrations and could let the steam off. Comparing this to my usual industry, being that of construction, it was a breath of fresh air. In construction rampant ego is often very unconscious and emotionally unaware. Resentment and frustration bubbles easily and there is seldom a chance to let steam out and calm a situation. Normally, in construction, this is only done with a lot of drinking at an occasional on-site social event, which is better than nothing but has toxic and high-risk aspects which we are too easily accustomed and willing to ignore in Namibia.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?

The other lead roles were being done by really amazing actors and actresses. I was very aware that I had to step into some very big shoes to do justice to the role I was given alongside these incredibly professionally crafty-people. Additionally, my spoken Afrikaans is very informal normally and I really had to work on adopting a more ‘conventionally’ spoken Afrikaans.

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What do you love about this character?

That he is a white man dealing with a great struggle and hopes to follow his heart, despite the risk and the cultural expectations on his shoulders.

What do you hate about this character?

Hate is a strong word, but in the end, he was not strong enough to… well, I don’t really know what options he had? Was it martyrdom? Was it exile? I don’t know. I do not envy the position he was in, but he was not ready in his own journey of personal growth to take on the challenge life presented him with.

How is this character like you? Or are you two completely different from one another?

Good question. I myself have had to wrestle with the cultural expectations and taboos of being an Afrikaner man in Namibia. Having been in several mixed-race relationships, I know to an extent the difficulty of dealing with my community’s condescension, judgement and even the ‘it’s just a little joke’ type jabs that I still get for having crossed the ‘white line’. However, I cannot for a second claim to know the depth of my character’s struggle. It was a bubble of Afrikaner Nationalist Propaganda. I am not part of a family who suggests that crossing the ‘white line’ is unacceptable. In fact its one of my greatest privileges that I have always been supported and even encouraged to follow my heart despite my partner’s ethnic background. So I can say I have an idea of what Pieter’s journey and struggle entails, but I am fully aware of how much easier life has been for me, comparatively growing up in an independent Namibia.

Besides yourself, which actor in this production is going to blow people away?

My lover in the movie, Sylvia (played by Girley Jazama)…. Wow. How absolutely humbling and rich it was to have the privilege to share the screen with an actress such as herself.

Who’s the funniest person in the cast, in real life?

My character’s brother in law, Jan, played by Charl Bota is an absolute clown! Permanent jokes and he kept us all smiling.

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Acting

When did you first start acting?

My mother forced me (kicking and screaming) to attend drama class at the College Of The Arts when I was 6 years old (1993). But not long afterwards I fell in love with it. I continued acting until 17. Unfortunately, being a teenager, and struggling to fit into what is considered ‘manly’ in Namibia, I stopped drama for almost 13 years. I am very, very glad to be back.

Do you have a preference for theatre or film?

Both are amazing for their own reasons.

What do you think is the most important characteristic to have as an actor?

To be able to fully embody the life of another. To adopt the struggles, doubts and frustrations which has moulded the character. To believe you have experienced it yourself.

Describe your acting style.

I don’t even know, but I guess method acting. Being someone who reads widely on psychology, I try to break my character down into their psychological aspects and pathologies.

Who is your favourite all-time actor, dead or alive and why?

I’ll give two, as the first one is a bit lame: Sir Anthony Hopkins and the second is Christoph Waltz. Just the subtle gestures and eye movements which add so much power to their characters and scenes. I have so much respect for them.

What do you do when you are not being an actor?

A lot. Life is meant to be lived to its fullest. I am a renewable energy Project Manager and Project Developer at InnoSun Energy Holding, where I build solar and wind farms across Namibia. I also love history, psychology and philosophy. I am very interested in Politics, Economics and trying to work out how we are going to develop Namibia. Finally, some people seem to think I’m able to throw some of the best farm parties in Namibia, but that’s just what they say so I can’t comment 😉

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This ‘n That

What is your basic temperament?

I’ll use the five trait personality model: A few years back, I would say I was:
Very high in Openness
Very high in Agreeableness
Very high in Neuroticism
Quite Low in Conscientiousness
Very high in Extroversion
But now, after several intense years of personal work and growth, I have evened out a lot. I have reduced my Agreeableness and massively reduced my Neuroticism (fewer people-pleasing), while I have made huge strides in improving my conscientiousness.

Where do you get your news?

Mainly Aljazeera, The Economist, YouTube. However, if a New Era or a Namibian newspaper is around I’ll give it a scan.

What is your favourite sport? Do you follow it professionally?

At this stage, it is simply Yoga, so it’s not really something to follow. I’ll watch rugby if it’s an international game and I’ll watch soccer, but only during the world cup.

How do you feel about ageing?

Hahahaha. Great question. I am lucky being male, I guess. So, I recently decided to take my time and worry less about the rat race. I don’t feel a need to have kids before I am 40. I just started using a face cream for the first time in my life… hahaha. I plan to stay out the sun, eat healthily, exercise regularly, build amazing connections with those around me and permanently commit to learning and growing. Mental health is one of the central pillars to long term well being in my opinion. I and my group of friends recently decided we are going to live to 130. That means staying relevant. Not aiming to retire. Doing what you love. Building one’s community. Always learning. Adopting a lifestyle of ‘life cycles’ rather than that of a career. I was massively inspired by a podcast series a friend of mine, Erik Salamon, helped with: The 200 Year Old | A Future-facing Podcast | Sanlam.

What are your favourite TV programs?

Game of Thrones.

What outdated slang do you use on a regular basis?

“Coolio” and “Schweet”

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What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth.

When was the last time you got to tell someone “I told you so”? What was it about?

I try not to do the ‘told you so’ thing. It’s a bit arrogant and it undermines my belief that everyone is on their own journey and as long as they commit to growth, I cannot fault you on where you are. However, if I had to stretch for an answer, I’d maybe say when Donald Trump got elected. Not that I hoped for it, but it was clear that the loud-left-leaning narrative and commentators were being so arrogant and condescending that they had likely alienated much much more people than they could have possibly imagined. Which seems to have been the case.

What movie, meme, or video always makes you laugh no matter how often you watch it?

‘How Animals Eat Their Food’:

What’s the worst thing you’ve eaten out of politeness?

Tarantula in Cambodia.

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If you built a themed hotel, what would the theme be and what would it be like?

It would be in Mongolian yurts in the plains between Lüderitz and Aus. Everyone gets to ride horses and attempt to do mounted bow hunting of springbok or Oryx for dinner.

What’s the dumbest thing someone has argued with you about?

Once a very intelligent Namibian public figure privately argued with me that SWAPO never won the armed liberation struggle, as they had lost many time more soldiers than the South African forces. I suggested that the number of lost lives do not determine whether a side wins or loses, but that it is purely based on the final strategic outcomes. When he argued against this and said it is nonsense, I replied: “I guess you believe that Germany beat Russia in the Second World War, seeing that Russia lost almost 10 times as many soldiers.” He was quiet after that.

 

Up Close and Personal with Sunet van Wyk- The actress who plays the racist antagonist in The White Line

Sunet van Wyk admits that taking the role of Anna-Marie, the racist antagonist in the upcoming Namibian feature film, The White Line was actually a really difficult decision.

Sunet says when she got the opportunity to take the role, she legit prayed and spent a lot of time considering whether or not she should take it.

“Obviously, there was a massive part of me that wanted to take the opportunity but because the story plays out in the apartheid years I was very cautious. I went back and forth within myself between taking the role and turning it down. I even contacted one of my acting coaches in Cape Town to ask his opinion,” Sunet says.

As a white person taking on the role, her biggest concern was mostly the fact that she would be playing a racist character with opinions and beliefs so far from her own. The storyline of the film plays out in the 1960s when Apartheid was still rife.

Sunet says she was scared that people would assume that she is similar to the character in real life.

“I really didn’t want people to get that impression from me,” the actress says.

She feels Namibia and the world at large needs to be unified and didn’t want to be part of something that would end up dividing people once again. However, she ended up taking the role when she realised that it isn’t a movie about apartheid, rather that of love.

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The White Line is a love story that plays out within the context of Apartheid and it’s that love story that Sunet believes in. She says the story is about two people who found each other and fall in love regardless of the colour of their skin, their cultural or socio-economic backgrounds.

“I believe that love conquers all. I feel that if anything, I am hopeful that it will bring people together,” the bubbly actress says.

The film is Directed by first-time film director Desiree Kahikopo with a screenplay by musician and playwright, Micheal Pulse and stars Girley Jazama, Sunet van Wyk and Jan-Barend Scheepers.

Sunet sat down with Namib Insider to talk more on the ‘The White Line’, her vlogging hobby, acting and everything that makes Sunet, Sunet:

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Q: Without revealing much, what is your favourite line the film?
A: As a short prelude to my favourite line, I would just like to say that funnily enough, the more I learned about my character and why she is the way she is, I slowly but surely started to enjoy her a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, not because she’s a good person, but because I just understood her motivation for everything a little more and began to realise that she’s not just doing the horrible things she’s doing for the sake of it, she’s got a lot of hurt from her childhood that influences who she is. She’s coming from a wounded place. She was also quite hilarious in that she’s just also so incredibly extra in everything she does! So I actually have a few favourite lines from my character in the film, but I guess if I had to pick my favourite one it would be:
“Oh hoeps! Daar gaan die De Wets al weer!” (Oh boy, there goes the De Wets, again.)

Q: What was is the ‘The White Line’ experience like for you?
A: Probably one of the best experiences to date. I see every project I work on as a learning experience where I try to take as much as I can from it and I honestly learned so much from the people I worked with. For example, Girley Jazama, who plays the female lead is one of the most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and to see her in action was not only amazing but also inspiring. We were all in this thing together and we were all just trying to make it the best we can and that made for a pretty epic atmosphere to work in. Not to mention, I just had such a good time on set with all the cast and crew. One of my best experiences to date.

Q: What’s your take on racism?
A: I think that while the Apartheid years have passed and we no longer have racist laws and/or formal policies meant to specifically oppress people based on the colour of their skin, there is still a lot that needs to be done on an individual level. I feel like there are still a lot of wounds and scars that were inflicted (on people and our society) during that time, that needs healing.

Q: Moving on, what is the most meaningful project you have done?
A: I have so many! If you haven’t noticed I’m horrible at decisions, can barely pick a favourite quote, never mind the one project I would love to do. There are so many people in the industry that I would love to work with so I cannot pick. With regards to the most meaningful project that I’ve done to date- I would have to say ‘The White Line.’ Simply because I learned a lot as an actress, but also as Sunet- the individual.

Q: Who is your favourite director to work with and why?
A: Honestly, it would be dishonest of me to pick one person because every single director that I’ve worked with has taught me something, whether it’s something relating to my craft or just something that will help me grow as a person or a professional. Deep- I know.

Q: Thoughts on the local film and theatre industry.
A: It’s definitely growing. More and more opportunities are popping up and it’s exciting to watch and be a part of. However, I would like to add that there is still a long way to go. The funny part is that it’s not because we don’t have talent, that’s the one thing we do have! One of the biggest problems, I’d say, is funding. So yes, we definitely feel the growing pains at times, but hey, that’s all part of growing, isn’t it?

Q: Indeed. So, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In 5 years I see myself working on projects not only in Namibia but in other countries as well. I’m no psychic (although that would’ve been nice) but I am a hard worker and right now I’m doing my best to start reaching a wider audience to worm myself into other markets. Hustling all day- every day!

Q: What song do you listen to that psyches you up and makes you feel strong?
A: Believe it or not, that would be ‘Look at me now’ by Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes.

Vlogging

Q: Congratulations on starting your YouTube channel. What is it about?
A: Why thank you! See, I always say that my channel is the place where we don’t take life too seriously because none of us is getting out alive anyway. I feel like that is a pretty good description of what it’s all about. It’s basically just me talking about aspects of life, but with a lighthearted and funny twist to it. In a nutshell, I want to laugh at life and hopefully get other people to laugh with me.

Q: Who or what inspired you to start vlogging?
A: I’ve been a pretty big fan of YouTube for a few years now. I would spend hours wasting away watching YouTube videos, and what I loved about it the most is the fact that it makes you feel like you’re just hanging out with this person. So one day I was just like ‘I wanna do this! I wanna hang out with people!’ Also, I love connecting with people and I’ve been wanting to reach a wider audience for a while now. What better way to connect with more people than through a global platform like YouTube?

Q: On Youtube, who are your biggest influences?
A: Again with the decisions! I honestly don’t know. I have about a hundred different YouTubers who I watch regularly and who I get ideas and inspiration from. I try not to focus too much on getting all my inspiration from one YouTuber because I’m scared I start taking on their style, instead of creating my own.

Q: What is still your biggest challenge?
A: Time management at this point. Having a job as a radio presenter, trying to get involved with acting projects and running a YouTube channel isn’t easy fam! The fact that I script, shoot and edit all my videos myself- doesn’t make it easier.

Q: Did you have any professional help or did you create the vlog yourself?
A: I never got professional help from anyone. I did it all myself, but I did a lot of research before I started. In fact, it took me two years from the moment I decided I want to start my own channel to when I uploaded my first video. I really wanted to do things right – I can be a bit of a perfectionist at times. So I did ALOT of research. I spent hours and hours reading up about everything from SEO to Thumbnails. I even read up about marketing strategies so that I can use it to make the most of my channel.

Q: In the future where do you hope your vlog will take you?
A: I’m hoping that my vlog will help me reach a more global audience. Like I mentioned, I want to connect and work with people from all over the globe. I want my channel to show me the world (Had to toss in an Aladdin reference their:-) ).

Q: How would you describe your vlogging style?
A: Very laid-back and casual. It’s literally me sitting in front of the camera talking. No fancy gimmicks or anything – mostly because I can’t afford it right now – and also those are the types of vlogs I enjoy personally. I also have a bit of randomness that I bring in when I edit my videos. I love throwing out random memes or photos in between. I have a weird sense of humour sometimes – what can I say?

Check out more of Sunet’s videos here.

Personal

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Q: What is on your bookshelf?
A: Well I’ve got a few books- I love me some good books. But the one I’m currently reading is ‘I am number 8’ by John Gray. What an amazing book!

Q: What item in your closet do you wear the most?
A: Leggings. Every woman needs a pair of leggings in her closet. It’s not only comfortable but it goes with pretty much everything. You can dress it up, dress it down. You do you.

Q: Who is on the guestlist for your ideal dinner party?
A: Mmm… depends on whether I want the dinner party to have constructive, interesting and philosophical discussions – or whether I just want to have fun. Considering my mood right now, I’d go for the fun party. That guest list would include G Eazy, Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Chris Pratt, Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds. And yes I realise there are only men on this list, but I would like to have them all to myself… Okay, thanks bye… 😀

Q: What quote do you live by?
A: “Good things come to those who hustle!”

Q: Which would you pick: being world-class attractive, a genius or famous for doing something great?
A: You’re killing me with all these decisions I have to make! I really suck at making them. But if I had to pick, I would go with being famous for doing something great. At the end of the day, none of us lives forever and you’re not going to be able to make money or anything materialistic with you to beyond the grave. The only thing that in my opinion matters in life, is the difference you make in other people’s lives.

Q: What was your favourite toy growing up
A: Barbie and Co. I had like a whole cupboard full of Barbies and Kens. I used to pretend my Barbie is this famous actress in Hollywood – go figure!

Q: Name a celebrity you think is lame.
A: Anyone who’s famous for doing something stupid. If you’re not contributing to the world in some positive way, you shouldn’t be allowed to have a platform. That’s just my opinion. Sorry, not Sorry.

Q: Which of your friends are you proudest of? Why?
A: I can’t pick just one. Generally, I like to surround myself with people who are striving to be the best they can be and reaching for the stars because I’m a firm believer of ‘You are the sum of the 5 people closest to you’. So in other words, I’ve got some pretty awesome friends doing some pretty awesome things and I’m proud of all of them.

Q: If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?
A: Gucci. I wanna be part of the Gucci Gang. Just kidding! Probably Forever21 or YDE. I can shop there for days!

Q: What’s the worst thing you did as a kid?
A: The one thing that still haunts me to this day – not even kidding – was when I was about 8 years old and I was trying to close the window of my bedroom because it was cold, but the window didn’t want to close. So I kept pulling at it and pulling at it, and eventually, I heard a sound and I managed to get it shut. Then, when I looked down I saw one half of a gecko stuck at the bottom part of the windowpane. I opened the window, and I realised that the reason the window didn’t want to close was that the gecko was sitting at the bottom, and when I finally closed it, I basically cut the gecko in half. I still get sad about this! It was horrible. I was crying for the rest of the night!

Q: What is the best part of being a part of your family?
A: My family is a little crazy and weird, but we’re really close. That’s what I love about them. Then there’s also the fact that I’ve always believed we need our own reality show because nothing is ever boring when my family is concerned.

Q: What is your favourite day of the week?
A: Saturday! I generally get to sleep in on Saturdays and if there’s one thing I love more than food – it’s sleep!

Q: Are you a sports fanatic?
A: I’ve never been a major sports fan. I’d much rather watch an awesome movie than watch a sports match but growing up I watched a whole lot of Rugby because my dad is a big Rugby fan. So, I would say out of all the sports, I enjoy Rugby the most. When it comes to teams, I’d have to say the Springboks.