LATEST NEWS by Jennis Williamson
2023 has been a year of growth, collaboration, and creative excellence for Talent-Etc™, and as we bid farewell to 2023 and welcome the promise of a new year, we are thrilled to share some exciting milestones and achievements that have marked our journey over the past year:
New Website Launch – Talent-Etc™’s Digital Transformation
We were thrilled to launch our new website, www.talent-etc.co.za.
This marked a significant step in our digital transformation journey, providing our Talent-Etc™ community with a more seamless and user-friendly experience.
Introducing Pitch-Etc™ with Executive Producer Leoni Roux
Our Pitch-Etc™ division, led by the talented Executive Producer, Leoni Roux, is now live! This division is dedicated to assisting artists and the public in creating outstanding pitches for channels and various platforms. We believe that effective pitching is an art in itself, and with Pitch-Etc™, we aim to empower creators to tell their stories with impact.
Exponential Growth in Younger Departments
We are delighted to report exponential growth in our younger departments, notably in VOICE, THEATRE, CPT, and KZN. This growth is a testament to the dedication and talent within our team and the vibrant creative community we are privileged to be a part of.
Launch of 8 Films
In the past year and a half, we proudly launched a total of eight films, each a unique and compelling addition to our diverse portfolio. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the rich tapestry of storytelling in the entertainment industry.
Nominations for Prestigious TV Awards
We are honoured to share that Life-Etc™ has been nominated for prestigious TV awards, recognizing the outstanding work we’ve done. These nominations are a reflection of the dedication and creativity of our team members.
Massive Growth for Safe Sets under CREW-Etc™
Our commitment to safety on sets has seen tremendous growth, especially under CREW-Etc™. The Safe Sets initiative has become a cornerstone of our operations, ensuring a secure and healthy working environment for all involved in the creative process.
Firm Partnerships with Local and International Agents
Talent-Etc™ is proud to have established firm partnerships with fellow local and international agents and agencies. These collaborations strengthen our global network and open up new opportunities for our talent on both regional and international platforms.
Exclusive Contracts Secured for Represented Actors
We are excited to share that our represented actors have secured exclusive contracts, show-casing their talent and the trust that industry leaders place in the Talent-Etc™ family.
As we wrap up this incredible year, we want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who has been a part of the Talent-Etc™ journey. Your support, creativity, and passion drive us to continually strive for excellence.
Looking Ahead to 2024: As we step into the new year, we encourage everyone to take the festive season as an opportunity to recharge and prepare for an even busier 2024. We are excited about the possibilities that the future holds and are committed to continuing our mission of serving the amazing entertainment industry.
Thank you for being a part of the Talent-Etc™ community.
Wishing you all a joyful festive season and a prosperous New Year!
CREW-ETC by Frankie Opperman
As we head into December it’s time to take a breather and reflect on a great year. We take this opportunity to thank everyone who we have worked with this year. It’s been a testing season at times, but we’ve made it to the end. 2024 is the year to go bigger and stronger. We have a number of exciting things planned for the crew division, so watch this space. As always, if you’re looking to sign up, or want to refer us to a production please email firstname.lastname@example.org
CAPE TOWN-ETC by Thulani Ndzotyana
Celebrating the Remarkable Talents of Our Cape Town Division
We are overjoyed to announce the outstanding artists we have had the privilege to sign in our Cape Town division this year. Your incredible strides in both the acting and commercial scenes have truly set a high standard in Cape Town’s vibrant creative landscape.
While we may not always be physically present with you, please know that we are just a call away. We share in your excitement and successes, and we are committed to supporting you every step of the way.
To our newest talents, a friendly reminder: your CV and digital portfolio serve as the initial gateway to showcasing your abilities. Take the time to ensure they accurately represent the best of who you are and what you bring to the table. Your first impression is a crucial step in making a lasting impact.
We look forward to witnessing the continued success and growth of all our artists in Cape Town. Here’s to a future filled with creativity, opportunities, and remarkable achievements.
SOCIAL-ETC by Thulani Ndzotyana
Greetings, Social ETC and Talent ETC personalities
The year 2023 undeniably marked the era of digital influence. Numerous brands have consistently demonstrated the importance of content creators and influential figures. While commercials persist on traditional media platforms, it’s intriguing to observe how campaign managers and brand marketers recognize that an advertisement alone falls short. Leveraging authentic creators to convey the message creates the desired excitement around the campaign.
If you haven’t already, consider updating your rates and media kit. This ensures that when opportunities arise, we are well-equipped to pitch you effectively. Stay ahead in the dynamic landscape of digital influence!
VOICE-ETC by Kristy Suttner
We close off 2023 full of gratitude and love – both for our amazing team of voice artists and also to our awesome clients who continue to support and us, bringing more and more inter-esting projects every month.
From dubbing kiddies songs into Zulu, to training manuals, to commercials, to playing fun characters, this year has seen it all!
Thank you to each and every voice artist for bringing their A game every time. And we look forward January where we will kick off 2024 to do it all over again!
The Voice-Etc books are currently closed unless we are already in conversation. However if you are keen to hone your skills, look our for our Voice Over classes and Accent workshops which will be kicking off early in the year.
KZN By Fundi Zwane & Justin Nanak
As we bid farewell to 2023, we’re thrilled to celebrate the year’s incredible journey with a big shout-out to Emily Govender for her latest booking—cheers to the magic you bring to the screen! We can’t wait to Netflix & Chill watching u do your thing sister!
This season of reflection invites us to cherish the wins, auditions, bookings, and the beautiful “almosts” that made 2023 truly enchanting. Take a moment to recharge, artists, and re-connect with your WHY—it’s the fuel for the creative soul.
As we approach the blank canvas of 2024, let’s embrace the art of auditioning and savor the moments of rest in between. Remember, your well-being is the masterpiece’s foundation.
Feeling burnout? Take a breather, indulge in self-care, and consider these notes to recharge:
1. Unplug: Disconnect to reconnect with yourself.
2. Reflect: Explore your artistic journey and aspirations.
3. Nourish: Feed your creativity with diverse experiences.
4. Community: Lean on your fellow artists for support and inspiration.
As the curtain falls on 2023, let’s recharge our spirits, ready to paint new stories on the can-vas of 2024. Here’s to a year of inspiration, growth, and unforgettable performances!
All our love…
Fundi and Justin
LIFE-ETC by JC Snooke
Finding work in TV and film production in South Africa involves a combination of networking, skill development, and persistence. Here are some steps you can take to increase your chances of finding opportunities in the industry:
1. Build Your Skills:
– Identify the specific skills required in TV and film production. This may include camera operation, editing, sound design, lighting, scriptwriting, and more.
– Consider enrolling in relevant courses or workshops to enhance your skills. Many universities, film schools, and online platforms offer courses in film production.
2. Create a Portfolio:
– Develop a strong portfolio showcasing your work and skills. This could include short films, video projects, or any relevant work that demonstrates your abilities.
– Make sure your portfolio is easily accessible online. Create a website or use platforms like Vimeo to showcase your work.
– Attend industry events, film festivals, and networking functions. South Africa has a vibrant film community, and networking is crucial for making connections.
– Join online forums, social media groups, and websites dedicated to the South African film industry. Engage with professionals and participate in discussions.
4. Internships and Entry-Level Positions:
– Look for internships or entry-level positions in production companies, studios, or on film sets. Practical experience is invaluable in the industry.
– Apply for positions such as production assistant, runner, or assistant editor to get your foot in the door.
5. Research Production Companies:
– Identify production companies in South Africa that align with your interests and skills. Visit their websites, learn about their projects, and find out if they have any job openings or in-ternship programs.
– Consider freelancing in your specific area of expertise. Many productions hire freelancers for specific roles such as cinematography, editing, or sound design.
7. Film and TV Job Platforms:
– Explore job platforms and websites specifically dedicated to the film and TV industry. Some websites list job opportunities, including Filmcontact, Mandy, or MyJobMag.
8. Film Commission:
– Check with local film commissions, such as the South African Film Commission (NFVF), for information on industry events, funding opportunities, and job listings.
9. Stay Informed:
– Keep yourself updated on industry news, trends, and upcoming projects. This knowledge can be beneficial when networking and applying for jobs.
Remember that breaking into the TV and film industry can take time, and persistence is key. Don’t be afraid to start small and work your way up as you gain experience and build your network.
THEATRE by Katie Groves
Hope you are well, and looking forward to the festive season that is approaching at the speed of light!
The theatre division is also expanding at the speed of light, currently we have artists on the following productions that will be running over the festive season: “A Merry Little Christmas” at Market Theatre, “A Year with Frog and Toad” at National Children’s Theatre, Janice Hon-eyman’s “Peter Pan” at Joburg Theatre, and the timeless “Sound of Music” at both Artscape Theatre and the Teatro.
While these productions captivate audiences, it’s crucial for us to maintain our performance fitness during the holiday season. As we temporarily step away from the stage, here are a few reminders and tips to ensure we return in top form for the exciting productions awaiting us in 2024:
1. Vocal Maintenance:
The voice is our most valuable instrument. Consider incorporating light vocal exercises into your daily routine to keep your vocal cords agile and ready for the demands of the stage. Hydration and rest are equally paramount.
2. Physical Conditioning:
Maintaining physical fitness is integral to sustaining the energy required for dynamic performances. Incorporate low-impact exercises, yoga, or dance into your routine to keep muscles engaged and prevent stiffness.
3. Repertoire Review:
Take advantage of the downtime to revisit and expand your repertoire. Familiarize yourself with new scripts, monologues, or songs that may align with the upcoming productions. A well-prepared actor is a versatile asset to any production.
4. Mental Rejuvenation:
Theatre demands a sharp and agile mind. Use this break to recharge mentally, whether through meditation, reading, or engaging in activities that inspire creativity. A fresh perspective can breathe life into your performances.
As we bid farewell to the productions of 2023, let’s look forward to and prepare for the curtain rising on a promising 2024!
Wishing you a restful and rejuvenating holiday season.
As always, love and light,
LAST THOUGHT by sEAN MUNDAY
What a year it’s been! As the year wraps up, it’s good to take the time to reflect on how far you’ve come. Take time to appreciate how far you’ve come and the lesson’s you’ve learnt. Whether it’s been a year filled with blessings or seemingly endless trials, the lessons learnt and experiences gained are invaluable in serving who you will become in the new year.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season! May you come back rested and ready to take on 2024.
All the best,