WOMEN STILL FACE DIFFICULTIES IN THE WORLD OF ART
By: Sanelisiwe Ndlangamandla
The Durban Playhouse invited a variety of artists to inspire women during their month in August.
The likes of Lebo Mashile, Isidingo actress Leeanda Reddy and, arts journalist Estelle Sinkins were in attendance. Ladies shared their experiences in the media industry, educating young aspiring artists to make it in the main stream media.
“It’s up to you to take your career seriously and make longevity for it,” said Sinkins.
She has been an arts journalist for 23 years and highlighted the difficulties of the journalism profession nowadays. She said that journalists get a lot of pressure from their employers to write things that don’t matter.
“It has really become more about money today and the art is slowly dying,” explained Sinkins.
Renowned poet, Lebo Mashile emphasized the difficulties of getting a job in the arts. She said that the competition is high, employment is scarce and people who always end up getting the roles are “scandalous celebrities”.
“There are now celebrities famous for showing their bum, I do not refer to those people as artists,” she said.
Mashile also touched on women abuse in South Africa.
“You have a better chance to be raped as a young woman in South African than you have to read,” added Mashile.
Ladies emphasized how dedicated one needs to be in order for you to make it. They said that being an artist is a sacred calling, so you must really be passionate in order to make it.
Contemporary dancer, Lorin Sookool (21) said that she was really inspired.
“I’m really glad that I came here today, you wouldn’t just get this kind of information anywhere,” explained Sookool.
Ayanda Mthiyane, one of playhouse events coordinators said that they do this for the love of Durban.
“Durban people are often neglected but there’s a lot of talent here,” said Mthiyane.
She also added that they still have more for women, since it is still women’s month.
“We urge women to come again, Mama Thembi Mtshali will be here next week, do come back,” pleaded Mthiyane.