Ayanda Sithebe founded Actor Spaces, a platform that celebrates South African actors and runs acting workshops for emerging actors. He’s a casting director for several television shows and the director of the Africa Rising International Film Festival, which connects African and international filmmakers. The festival also focuses on women empowerment and youth development, while providing a platform for the queer community and people living with disabilities. Sithebe says: “I wear a few hats, all that aid in the development of our local acting industry.” He was awarded a South African Film and Television Award in 2018 for the work he does at Actor Spaces, and is working hard to bring respect to the craft of local film, television and theatre.
While anyone can be good at something with enough hard work, those who find pride and enjoyment in their work will succeed more than those who don’t.