lou-mari burnett

Lou-Mari Burnett grew up in Vredendal, Namaqualand as a small town farm girl with big dreams. From a young age this petite, green-eyed and copper haired girl, had a big passion for the entertainment industry. At age 9 she won her first singing competition in her hometown, hosted by former "Pasella" presenter, Teunis Nel. She then moved to Stellenbosch where she lived out her school days and practiced her acting ability in the "ATKV Toneel" competitions, as well as varies outside competitions such as "Teenage Celebrities" by Planet Productions International. At age 20, she started with her Drama studies at the University of Stellenbosch, practicing her talent in many stage productions hosted by the department. She also sang in the world famous choir - the Stellenbosch University Choir - from 2010 to 2012, conducted by Andre van der Merwe. In her first year, she played in her first small film, "Duppies in Stellenbosch", directed by Charles Biggs. She played the female lead, and all the proceeds of the film went to charity. With her love for the community, she entered the "Bachelor and Bachelorette of the Year Competition 2012" - ambassadors for CANSA. She proudly made her place in the final 6. In her second year (2013) she got her first lead on stage, playing the evil queen in the children's production, "Repelsteeltjie", directed by Schalk van der Merwe. In her final year (2014) of Drama studies she entered the "Villa Rosa Sterrejag" and made it through to the finals, where she was part of the top 5 of the country. This gave her a chance to showcase her acting ability for the entire country on "KykNet", before the end of her studies. Right after her studies, SABC 2's well-known sepie, "7de Laan", offered her the role of "Nina". This gave her the opportunity to build a great platform as actress in South Africa. She landed varies commercials after this, such as Discovery Insure, Sanral and OLX. She is seen on KykNet music videos as well, such as "Romeo and Juliet", and "My huis is waar my hart is", by singer Anthonie Bougas. Lou-Mari's skills include stage and film acting, classical singing, interpretive/contemporary dance, karate, roller blading, ice-skating, stunts and horse riding.

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