Wed Jul 26 00:55:06 CAT 2017

Igazi actor Ayanda Makayi is loving being himself

2017-06-15 13:22:12.0 | Limakatso Khalianyane |

Actor Ayanda Makayi has appealed to rising actors to be patient and stop comparing themselves to others if they want to succeed in the industry.

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He says if they compare themselves to others, they will end up losing focus on their journey.

"There is enough space for everyone in the industry but patience is required," he says.

Makayi, 24, says people get their breaks at different times and it is what they do then that makes them stand out.

He plays Boysie in telenovela Igazi on Mzansi Magic.

He says his character is of a rural kid who is guided by his uncle into manhood.

"I was recommended to the show by the cast members when the person who was supposed to play the role was not available," he says.

Makayi tells Sunday World that his character feels natural as it portrays his culture and language, especially when they were shooting in Coffee Bay, a small town in Eastern Cape.

Makayi was born and bred in Queenstown, also in Eastern Cape, where he says it was just him and his mother against the world. He says although he loved performing while growing up, he never thought of acting as a career.

After he matriculated his mother pointed out to his love for performing arts, and it was then that he decided to pursue it as a career. "I then went to AFDA (a leading film school in the country) where I acquired an honours degree in live performance," he says.

His first professional acting job was on SABC's Mfolozi Street in 2013. He says he plans to grow his brand and make it recognisable across the globe.

Makayi, who also does music, is involved in a project to groom young boys to become gentlemen who respect women.

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