Uzalo actor Siyabonga Shibe says he is not paid what he is really worth

Uzalo actor Siyabonga Shibe says he is not paid what he is really worth

Celebrity doesn’t always transform a person’s life outside of the mundane day to day realities, as many who have acquired fame but still have to survive on a limited budget can attest

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Growing up with plans to work in the performing arts, many prepare themselves for a life of poverty. Fame and fortune is really such a small percentage of the truth behind the lived experience of performers.

Parents advise their children with their hearts set on music, stage or screen as a career to “study something else so you have something to fall back on.”

Briefly.co.za learned from a recent report that the stories of unscrupulous agencies which swindle starving artists of their dues in what is a very volatile industry to enter, is nothing new to Uzalo actor Siyabonga Shibe.

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Shibe recently spoke about how it felt to have fans of his performances express disbelief that he was taking a taxi.

"I remember I was on the taxi once and someone grabbed my hat off my head and said, 'I know you! You are on TV, why are you riding in a taxi?' I asked her what she did for a living and she told me she was a teacher. I said to her, 'then why are you riding a taxi if you are a teacher? People don't really understand that this is a career like everyone else's. It is hard with that pressure."

Although today Shibe’s tough times might seem to be behind him for good, he still feels he isn’t paid what he is worth. "I'm not paid enough. It is because channels need to pay more to the production houses and then the production houses need to pay actors more," explained the actor who also said he fears the influence social media is having on the art of acting.

"It has become all about the flash and the followers and the art has died a bit. If you want to be famous, you can be famous but it is more difficult to be talented. The sad part is everyone looks at how many followers you have and not at your talent."

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