By Gift Munyanya
FILM and theatre sector needs nationwide support if this form of art is to give birth to actors and actresses of regional and international quality such as Dalton Ashikoto and Hazel Hinda, who have acted in South African soapies.
Those wishing to pursue a professional career in this industry need to understand the importance of training, development, coaching and mentorship.
This is according to local actor Chops Tshoopara who last month was crowned the best male actor at the 2017 Namibia Theatre and Film Awards.
“The first thing is to realise that whatever you see on TV is rehearsed. It is planned and it is well executed as if it was just naturally delivered,” said Tshoopara.
“Everybody who is in the performing arts is somebody who is educated in the arts but they have fine-tuned their skills through coaching, mentoring, exercise and perfecting the craft.”
“There is work behind the scenes. If you want to be an actor then you have to get trained because there is no shortcut”.
The theatre and film awards are about celebrating and appreciating artists in areas such as acting, directing and editing while ultimately inspiring those passionate about film and theatre.
‘’The ceremony was everything I expected. It was even made better because I was around people who are not really concerned about the financial gain but they were all about the craft.
“It was about being around people that are in the same industry as me and that was so inspiring.”
He continued to say that awards drew big names in the flash, light, camera and action industry such as David Ndjavera and Norman Job.
“From the first awards to the recent one, I can say there was a huge jump and this shows that the next one will even be better.”
Namibia has several awards in the arts sector but the most anticipated is the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs).
Although music and film are two different aspects of the art, there are still lines that can be drawn from the two despite the difference.
“Music and theatre are very different. Music is about entertainment and creating excitement while on the other hand theatre and film is a very personal thing.”
Tshoopara believes that his form of art is one that replicates life as it is and that he doesn’t look further than receiving an award because the recognition itself is all he wanted.
“There was a bonus of financial gain but the night of the film awards was all about recognition.”
Namibia is rich in culture and its diversity is an opportunity for everybody in the creative industries to bring it to life, and it is believed that it is this diversity which filmmakers have managed to capitalise on. Tshoopara further believes that the quality of films or theatrics produced is a clear indication that the Namibian film and theatre industry won’t step back for anybody in Africa or beyond.
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