My love for TV started when I was 6 years old, when we got our first TV. I was glued to the screen; asking my mother questions about how big people could fit into such a small screen. To my disappointment, my mother had little knowledge about such. I thoroughly examined our TV set and came to the conclusion that I was going to figure out how the TV works. It’s been fascinating journey ever since. And my parents were not surprised when I left home at 16 to study Television Production also known as Video Technology (at Durban University of Technology).
What began as a childhood dream became a reality. I now work behind the scenes as a TV Producer and Director for live events, mainly sports. The job comes with a lot of responsibility, long hours, managing of people, but there are endless benefits to it as well. I’ve worked with the biggest stars, I’ve traveled to places I used to only see in magazines, I’ve had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with ministers, great artists, and amazing sport stars.
2010 will always be a special year for me as a South African as we hosted the World Cup but my career defining moment (for me) came in 2014 when we had to produce content to the World Cup in Brazil and still stay relevant to the viewers across Africa. We pulled all the stops and roped in South African talent to anchor two of our best shows, World Cup Live and Fan Fest. Not only did I prove to myself that I was capable of making the best out of every situation, I also realized my dream of working with the likes of Bonang Matheba, Sizwe Dhlomo, Nandi Mngoma, AKA, Fezile Makhanya, Crystal Arnold etc. We had a star-studded team yet no clash of egos, only fun and hard work. Through that journey, I grew as a producer, but also as a person because that experience only affirmed that nothing is impossible.
A lot happens behind the scenes that is unseen or taken for granted; scriptwriting, lighting, scheduling, planning, editing, running orders, brainstorming, voice over, the list is endless. But when you land on something you were destined for, you can only thrive.
~ Nono Cele