Recently, I added the hats of director and producer to my busy head. In 2017, I created F Creations – a new production company for theatre and film.
At a young age, I was told by my teachers that I was a natural story teller (although I think they were referring to how creative my excuses were for not doing homework). At university, I did my undergraduate degrees in English and Screenwriting, and then went on to complete my Honours in Film Production.
I currently work as a freelance content marketing specialist for a number of clients and agencies. My experience lies in digital copywriting, editing and proofreading, social media, direct marketing (email and SMS) and project management. I have worked in marketing, entertainment and publishing roles in my career.
Under the banner of F Creations, I have been working on numerous scripts for plays and short films. I also recently started work on my first novel with an aim to finish the first draft in January 2020.
In 2019, I began working as a theatre critic in Cape Town. I am the lead community theatre reviewer for Fine Music Radio and one of the local writers for BroadwayWorld.
My mother put me onto stage at the tender age of 3 and I haven’t looked back since. In 2019, I fulfilled a dream to write a play and take it to the National Arts Festival in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown). I worked with fellow writer and actor, Erika Marais, to create Your Perfect Life. We both wrote and performed the piece. Our director was Sue Diepeveen of the Drama Factory. At the famous South African Fringe Festival, our production won a Standard Bank Ovation Award.
Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to perform in a wide range of productions, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Neil Simon’s Rumours. Roles I’ve played include Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, Sybil in Private Lives, Puss in Boots in the pantomime Once Upon a Time.com and Ellen in The Actor’s Nightmare. I have also done two children’s theatre roadshows, during which we performed at primary schools around South Africa.
In March 2017, the inaugural production for F Creations hit the Galloway Theatre. For The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), I wore the hats of both producer and performer. 2017 also saw the premier of a brand new, one-woman show – Jam Every Other Day – which I produced under F Creations. It was written and performed by Erika Marais, and directed by Celia Musikanth.
My home studio allows me to record voice overs for various clients, both local and overseas. I record on a Rhode NT-USB microphone and use WavePad Sound Editor to create the final product.
Since the end of 2014, I have worked on several advanced ePubs for a well-known international educational media producer, and voiced a number of How To DVDs for an American client.
Check out my voice at the end of this 2009 VUKA entry.
Since I was a little girl watching Star Trek on the Sci Fi channel, I’ve loved the ability of film and television to transport you out of the world you live in. This is why I went to university and did a BA in Screenwriting and my BA Honours in Film Production. I now regularly take part in acting short courses in order to keep honing my craft.
On screen, I have acted in several short films – some professional and some student productions. During my university days, I worked as an extra and featured extra in a few adverts. Recently, I have worked as feature/main role in a number of adverts. In 2017, I played detective Zeidel in the second season of American Monster for the episode called Stand by your Men.
In 2019, I decided it was finally time to enter the 48 Hour Film Project in Cape Town. For this project, I was producer, writer and director. Our film, Nothing, received a nomination for Best Editing.