Andile Ncube speaks up on AFDA students "deserving" screen time

Andile Ncube speaks up on AFDA students "deserving" screen time

- Andile Ncube believes that being a graduate from AFDA doesn't give anyone the right to succeed over others in the entertainment industry

- Some social media users have been complaining that Mzansi's TV industry uses same faces on almost all the shows

- Andile warned that the entertainment industry is unique and "promises you nothing"

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Mzansi's television industry has been criticised in the past for using the same faces in most of the country's shows.

There has been an outcry on social media for TV shows to give new drama graduates or drama students a break in the industry instead of using the same actors on almost every major production.

The conversation has started again after entertainment commentator Phil Mpela posted that former Isibaya actors Jessica Nkosi and Menzi Ngubane will be joining The Queen.

One social media user then commented that he was "tired of not seeing students from AFDA (film, TV, and performance school in South Africa) on his screen".

TV personality Andile Ncube has weighed in on the conversation.

Andile wrote:

"Entertainment industry is unique and promises you nothing. Honours graduates with distinctions go to same audition with a talent that didn’t even pass grade 8 and its may the best/lucky (whatever your beliefs) win. I went to AFDA that doesn’t give me the right to succeed over others."

Andile said this goes for any other drama graduate from other schools.

"If we say we went to school for this then surely when we get into the audition rooms side by side with those that didn’t we should be shoulders apart from everyone else?!?"

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Another tweep complained that some people get jobs "they don’t deserve" because of their "IT girls" status.

Andile replied that the "IT girl" status is earned.

"And that status is earned! There’s an IT in every industry, there are lawyers who are regarded as 'IT' or photographers and dentists etc... nothing unique there but also talent can make you 'IT'. In the 90s it was pageant girls and some boys who were 'IT' and used that route in."

@dee_neolauraine commented:

"No! 'Productions' don't even give other talent a chance to audition. So much talent is being overlooked when popular faces are being recycled on our screens every day,the disappointment is with our creative(s) who keep going for brands instead of talent. I think that's the chat.

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