The 26-year-old Wedneys Makulane, well-known for his portrayal of “Mushe” in the popular television soapie Muvhango, uses his on-screen character to inspire those who are eagerly seeking employment opportunities. With the high unemployment rate in South Africa, Wedneys hopes to educate students who recently graduated and other jobseekers about recognising job prospects.
Originally from Tembisa, Wedneys discovered his passion for acting at a young age, after he relocated to Ha-Munzhedzi. He encountered a former acquaintance from Vleifontein, Lutendo Masindi, who had achieved success as an actor on the Generations soap opera.
“His success inspired and motivated me to pursue my own dreams. I was also influenced by prominent actor Warren Masemola, who played a critical role in motivating me to work hard and pursue my dream of becoming an actor,” he said.
After completing Grade 12 at Michael Denga Ramabulana High School in 2019, Wedneys took steps to turn his passion for acting into a reality. He went to Johannesburg to live with his best friend, Owen Bakali, who informed him about the audition for Muvhango.
“I auditioned for the role in February 2020, and received an email from the Zero To Hero Casting Agency three months later, offering me a recurring waiter role. I am continuously striving to land a more substantial role on Muvhango,” he said.
Despite having no formal acting training, Wedneys has landed roles in engaging television reality shows such as Ufelani (Channel 157 Moja Love) and The Estate (SABC 3).
Wedneys plays the character of a determined young man from the village who works hard to earn a living by taking any available opportunity to make money. “I aim to educate jobseekers that they should not be too selective when selecting a job, as long as it meets their basic needs,” he said.
Source : Zoutnet