Behind the Mic with Ayanda Thabethe
Chia Kougianos shares an exclusive interview with BET presenter Ayanda Thabethe as she talks about life in front of the camera, career goals and what lies ahead, check it out…
- How do you juggle being a model, actress and a presenter?
I believe that it is within every woman’s ability to juggle and multi-task. I find doing one thing boring so I thrive on being in demanding space and environment. Having a good working schedule, system, a great attitude and without a doubt a good team and are what help me in making sure I give off my best to all these different roles.
- Favourite TV shows to watch in your spare time?
I’ve really been enjoying Music Moguls and The Real on BET Africa.
- Most memorable moment on set during a production?
Every experience is fun and entertaining, I especially love quirky moments between my co-host Nandi and I we are particularly playful in-between takes.
- Tell us a bit about BET A-list and what fans can expect to see?
I think everyone who’s had the opportunity to watch the show can attest to the fact that it is very diverse, fun, entertaining and lifestyle narrated in an easy relaxed style which makes the show very relatable.
- Any South African presenters or actresses who inspired you along the way?
I really look up to Pabi Moloi and Carol Tshabalala – I think that their ability to deliver information through their presenting style is unmatched.
- What’s the one thing you’d still like to achieve in your career?
I want to be known as one of the best to have ever done it. I want to be known for excellence and impeccable talent in whatever I do.
- Favourite celebrity local or international and why?
I look up to the likes of Khanyi Dhlomo, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey – I love the mix of fame, power and knowledge. They define black excellence to me. A celebrity to me should be a powerhouse that is not limited to entertainment but that uses their influence to affect and change people’s lives whether in business or through philanthropy.
- Who would you want to play you in the film of your life?
Wow! That’s a hard one. I don’t think I’ve identified that person yet, she would have to be someone who has a lot of layers, who can demonstrate subtle power and authority, who carries a lot on their shoulders but is able to demonstrate grace and humility.
- If you could invite any three people, dead or alive, for dinner, who would they be?
- What’s next for Ayanda Thabethe?
Whatever my hands find to do, I will do with all my might. I don’t limit myself, God has brought me to places I’ve never imagined so there’s no telling where He’s going to take me next. I hope to continue doing what I am doing but to a much larger scale.