FORMER MR DUT WANTS TO GROW IN THE INDUSTRY
By: Sandile Zikhali
Growing up in the small town of Matitiele he wanted to be a professional soccer player but motivation from family and friends influenced him to take up modeling.
Songezo Mkhontwana, a third year student in Sport Management at the Durban University of Technology first discovered his modeling talent when he was in high school.
He said doing good in every competition that he has ever took part motivated him to keep on getting on the ramp and doing his thing.
“The fact that I keep achieving through modeling inspires me. I hardly fail. Ever since I started modelling, I’ve never had 3rd position.”
“I started off by being Mr. Carl Malcomess High, Mr. DUT 1st prince 2012, KZN Top Model 1st runner up, Mr Hamarsdale 1st Prince and now Mr. DUT 2013.”
“Being crowned Mr. DUT opened up many doors for me, I was called up to be a judge on several occasions and also got to meet people and travel. Meeting people from around South Africa who share the same passion was the highlight of my career,” said Mkhontwana.
On the challenges that come with the modeling, Mkhontwana said being positive and knowing what he wants in life has kept him going.
“Working hard, keeping focused in everything that I do and never forgetting about education keeps me going.”
Mkhontwana said with the so much expected from models like dieting, good behavior and setting a good example: this has made him to watch where he steps but he says keeping focused and being humble is key when you want to stay in the game.
His exposure to the industry has made him want to work in the entertainment industry and he hopes to appear on TV one day.
“Even though I want to own a modeling agency one day, but I also want to take up acting or being a television presenter.”
“I have developed a passion for the entertainment industry and sooner or later I am going to make my mark in the industry,” concluded Mkhontwana.