Karabo Legoabe Mtshali is operations manager and producer for the University of Johannesburg (UJ) arts and culture department. Her role involves producing the entire artistic programme including Building Blocks, a programme designed to bolster the capacity and sustainability of the country’s arts industry. “I would love for young people and children to have more access to arts education and the arts in general,” she says. “I’m passionate about producing work that is thought-provoking, groundbreaking and fun.” And it shows – a play she produced at UJ called Metamorphosis received nine Naledi Awards nominations. She’s also a freelance set and costume designer, and has worked on various TV productions and shows at the Market, Baxter and Soweto theatres. As a filmmaker, she’s produced a human rights documentary for SABC1, and has been a judge for the South African Television and Film Awards for the past four years.
You should be willing to work as part of a collective, but be prepared to go at it alone if necessary.