Namibia’s acting potential need to upgrade

23 Jul 2015 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) – Two young Namibians are determined to grow the local acting industry by upgrading aspiring actors.
Selima Henock, 26, and Abraham Pieters, 20, thus initiated ‘Nam Acting’, an acting club where upcoming actors come together to interact, share ideas and learn new skills from each other.
In an interview with Nampa recently, the two said Nam Acting also trains people who want to become actors.
“We give acting classes, help people prepare for auditions and theatre plays, teach them how to behave on production sets and assist them in buidling their self-esteem.” said Henock.
Nam Acting was formed in October 2014 and became effective on 01 March 2015. It currently has 12 members who pay N.dollars 60 per month as a membership fee.
Apart from offering classes, Nam Acting also connects members to auditions and acting gigs in the industry.
Henock said Nam Acting aspires to contribute to the Namibian film and theatre industry in terms of upgrading actors.
“Acting is not just being in front of the camera or on stage and acting; it requires more than that.
“It takes an artistic person to be able to perform the art of acting and Nam Acting’s role is to equip actors with the necessary skills that actors need.” she said.
Pieters highlighted that people should support the art industry and take it seriously.
“Namibians should stop striving for things on an international level but rather start at home with the resources and talents they have here.” he urged.
Pieters said Namibia has a lot of untold inspiring stories that can be used to grow the art industry and actors can tell these stories through acting.
Henock started acting while at high school and also did some church plays before attending drama lessons at the College of the Arts (COTA) in Windhoek.
She featured in a couple of local short films, namely “The Last Straw”, “After Birth” and also in Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) subject-based television and radio productions.
Pieters started acting last year in a theatre play titled “Lammie Beukes” and was spotted by Elouise van Rensburg who became his agent. She also organised gigs for him as an extra in South African soap operas “7 De Laan”, “Binnelanders” and “Zabalaza”.
Pieters will next year go to New York, United States of America to audition in the second phase of an international talent scouting competition. He was spotted by Kimberly Mayers, an American television and film actress, while acting in the South African tv shows where she urged him to take part in the international talent scouting competition.
Both Henock and Pieters are television production students at COTA, majoring in directing and scriptwriting.