In February 2014 an 18 year old boy (me) sits in traffic on his way to his first day of Orientation at AFDA Cape town. Nothing more stressful than having to drive an hour and thirty minutes to a place you have seen twice in your life and knowing you can’t go home at 2pm anymore.
Your first interaction with anyone on this campus is a lecturer who is already giving you the stink eye because you are 15 minutes late. (Thank you Head of Producing at that time) You walk into an assembly filled with first years and as quick as reality sinks in you realize not all of them are as small as you or has a cleaned shaved face or short hair. Soon to figure out not everyone is fresh out of High School.
As an Afrikaans boy from the northern suburbs of Cape Town you start coming to the conclusion, maybe I should have taken English Home Language at school because these people have a vocabulary that I will never understand. At 12:30pm everyone stands up and disappears out of the venue and then this goddess is sitting there close by.
Khanya Ngumbela and myself decided to go and find a different spot to have lunch where we don’t have to socialize with all 300 prospective students (None the less only 130 graduated) We walked across the road to this little coffee shop named CUP we ordered our meals and coffee and with out me even realizing Khanya payed the bill already. I mean how does she do it? My parents raised me in such a manner that I have to pay the bill always, well by leading the example.
Khanya if I have never said this at that moment I realized that you are more than just a pretty face as mamma Maggie would say. You are so pure of heart and your beauty shines from the inside out. You are one of the most amazing people who have carried me through a hell of a three years and here we sit where we can still post and brag about each other and I can blog in english.
As part of the Model Monday blog trend I have a set question list each and everyone of these models will need to answer. Here is what Khanya said.
Name and Surname : Khanya Ngumbela
Age : 25
Qualification/s : AFDA BA Motion Picture Medium: Cinematography
Agency : Cover Model Management, Cape Town
- How did we meet?
Alto and I met each other whilst studying for our degrees in film in Cape Town. We initially met as peers / colleagues but soon struck up a genuine friendship and the rest is history.
- What is your latest big achievement?
Having completed my studies at film school has been a great achievement. It was a very tough 3 years, both professionally and mentally, and being able to walk away with the contacts and knowledge that I did makes the challenges worth it. I’ve also recently opened up a production company in the Eastern Cape and we’ve received a great reception from targeted government and public and corporations. I’m super excited for everything that we have in the pipelines. I have also been fortunate enough to have multiple commercials renewed this year. I’ve consistently been flighting on South African TV since the beginning of my modelling and presenting career and I’m truly grateful for that.
- Where do you see yourself in 1 year?
I’m very passionate about filmmaking as it is a powerful tool that can be used to uplift people, their circumstances as well as their communities. Within a year, I hope to have established Slice of Life Productions as a leader in a movement to establish a self-sustainable independent filmmaking industry in the Eastern Cape. I also hope to be running successful online channels and be in production for Slice of Life Productions first full feature film.
- What did you study and where?
As previously mentioned I recently graduated from AFDA film school with a BA in Motion Picture Medium. I have a diploma in Photography from Shaw Academy and have enrolled myself in a bookkeeping course and Digital Marketing Diploma from the same institution. I plan on pursuing a business degree, through UNISA, once I have completed the aforementioned studies.
- What is your favorite meal?
I am absolute foodie and enjoy trying out new foods! However, I have a weakness for chicken fried rice and a borderline muesli, fruit and yoghurt addiction. YUMMM!
- What do you do to keep your body in such great condition?
The greatest obstacle I’ve faced regarding health and fitness has always been mental. Convincing myself to reach for fruit and nuts instead of a chocolate bar or committing to a workout instead of sitting in bed and catching up on series is a daily struggle. Staying healthy is simple: workout & eat clean but the hard work is consistency. I keep myself motivated by finding new sources of inspiration and writing my goals down. Understanding the professional and personal benefits of keeping a healthy lifestyle gives me that nudge of motivation needed to stick to my workout plan.
- What do you do for fun?
I’m an adrenaline junky! I love pushing past my fears and often opt for extreme adventure sports. I’m also a big animal lover and love visiting animal sanctuaries or staying at home with my pup. The film and modelling industries can keep me quite busy so I try to make the most of whatever down time I have by staying at home and enjoying a lazy day in front of the TV or with my family.
- What is a big no as a model?
Being unprofessional! Respect other people’s time and money. Dress and behave appropriately. Make sure that you are well rehearsed in whatever discipline you have been hired to perform in. Stay humble. Arrogance and disrespect will see you kicked off a project very quickly. Communicate with your employer and agency. They want to see you do well. In fact, the employer has paid for you to do so make sure that at a drop of a hat you can put your best foot forward.
- How did you become a model?
I moved to Paris on a gap year in 2011. I often posted pictures of my adventures in Europe on social media. A representative of an agency in Cape Town scouted me and I soon flew down to Cape Town to meet with them. Before arriving in Cape Town I applied to a few more agencies just in case my meeting with the scout didn’t go well. All my meetings went very well and I was offered contracts by multiple agencies and I accepted the contract with the agency that I felt a genuine connection with.
- What is the con’s of being a model?
The modelling industry can be very harsh and this can take a toll on your self-esteem. There will always be someone prettier, thinner and taller than you so it’s important to know your strengths and to continue to nurture them. At every turn, there is always someone trying to exploit your talents and it can be difficult to separate those who want the best for you and those who are trying to use you. It is a very tricky line to walk.
- What is the pro’s of being a model
Through the modelling industry I have met some of my best friends and have forged great relationships with brands that I otherwise would not have had access to. I am still in contact with a lot of the directors and producers that I met onset. Having to closely manage my tax and finances has made me a better business woman. I have been able to travel to a lot of new destinations all for the sake of the perfect shot and have been awarded many opportunities due to my face being in the right campaign and billboard. Modelling can be a very lucrative business.
- When busy with a shoot what do you normally eat?
Whatever is being served at the craft table – it’s my favorite place on set! There’s always something yummy on the menu. However, I keep to very small servings and try to drink a lot of tea and water as it’s easy to get dehydrated under all those hot lights.
- Your biggest secret of being a model…
Maintaining your product; YOU! Keep fit and healthy. Groom regularly. Practice past briefs or monologues and being in front of the camera. Keep your portfolio up-to-date.
- What products do you endorse?
I’m not signed to endorse any products at the moment. I rarely sign those types of contracts. Brands send me their products for review and if I enjoy them I happily post about them on my social media platforms. However, signed endorsements, as a model, can and will restrict the type of campaigns that you can involve yourself in.
- Which is your favorite product?
I love makeup! So I often find myself finding new favorites and my current obsession is the Juvia’s Place Saharhan Palette. The shadows are super pigmented and are a dream to blend out. All the Juvia’s Place palettes are available at www.kaybeauty.com.
- How do you keep your skin so perfect?
I have always been fortunate enough to have been blessed with relatively good skin. Nevertheless, I do also keep a strict skin regime. I cleanse, tone and moisturize my face every day twice a day. I exfoliate once a week and I drink at least 1,5L of water daily. I also use a face moisturizer with a high SPF. I moisturize my body every day and use tissue oil to help with any scarring that I may have.
- Normal outfit when you are at home and chilling?
I tie my hair up, wash off my makeup (if I’m wearing any) and change into sweats the minute I get home. I look the farthest thing from a fabulous model but I’m super cozy and I love it!
- Your opinion about romantic relationships while being a model.
I think it’s very important to have a personal life no matter what field you’re in. The important thing is to find a person who understands your lifestyle. The work days are very long and you are often wearing revealing outfits. Additionally, I’ve been onset where my character had an intimate relationship with her boyfriend (also a model / actor) so it’s important to be with someone who understands the nature of your work and business. It’s important to keep certain parts of your life private as when you’re in the public eye people can be very critical and somewhat cruel. Having clear lines of communication with your partner is vital.
- One of your favorite Movies/Series and why?
I love animations! In my opinion, Disney and Pixar have some of the best writers and productions. Much to my friends and family’s dismay I could come back home and watch Pocahontas, Tarzan and The Incredibles every night. Anastasia, Mulan and Hercules are also among my top favorites. Everything else that’s currently on TV I can live without but I need my animations!
- How is it keeping up with social media these days?
Almost impossible! I’m super busy with co-writing and producing a series of short films and that takes up a lot of time. I’m also a photographer and editing can take anywhere between 3hours and a week per image depending on its final destination platform. I log on to Twitter to keep up-to-date with current affairs. I use Instagram to see what’s trending in the art, film and fashion world and I use Facebook to communicate with and keep tabs on brands, friends and family. I just recently got onto Snap Chat so I’m still figuring that one out.
- Do you enjoy being a model (Reason)
I love it! I find it so exciting and rewarding. I’m pretty much obsessed my Cover Model Management family and I enjoy being on any onset. Interacting with people as a model, actress and presenter is so much fun and I can’t believe I get paid to do it.
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