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Hollywood dream Alive

Publishing Date : 26 June, 2018


Two young Batswana, Boikhutso Molefhi and Setho Moeti who are hailed as Botswana’s emerging talent have been selected to be mentored by professional Hollywood actors for four weeks beginning this week.

According to a statement from Donald Molosi Entertainment (DME), the two aspiring Batswana actors were spotted by DME when they led a performing arts boot camp in Gaborone last month (May). Renowned actor and DME founder, Donald Molosi says the annual mentorship programme was started to assist young Batswana to position their talents for the global performance market. “My team and I selected Boikhutso and Setho from many aspirants we have worked with because of the tremendous promise they both carry as actors,” he said.

The 19 year Molefhi will be mentored by award- winning Game of Thrones and Viva Riva actor, Hoji Fortuna.  Fortuna was born in Angola and has since made a mark in Hollywood and on Broadway collecting numerous awards in his long acting career in English and Portuguese productions. He recently made history as one of the few African actors to break into the Game of Thrones franchise. Fortuna currently resides in New York City.

“I am out of words because it means so much to have this much access to such great professional advice. It boosts my profile and puts me a step closer to where I want to be as an actor,” said the young Molefhi. The 18 year old Moeti will be mentored by award- winning British actor Okezie Morro who played the lead in the MTV series, Shuga (Nigeria). Morro, raised in England to Nigerian parents, has since starred in many films including alongside Academy- Award winner Brad Pitt in World War Z. He is currently starring in The Mist, an American TV series. He resides in Hollywood, California.

Moeti says that she appreciates the opportunity to learn from real actors working in Hollywood projects. “As an actress that aspires to make it on Broadway and in Hollywood, this is giving me the opportunity to learn about the business from someone that is already established and experienced,” she said. Over the next three weeks both Molefhi and Moeti will be mentored by the Hollywood actors via Skype.

They will be privately tutored in skills including audition techniques, headshot techniques, how to write an acting resume, how to select audition pieces, how to place work on Broadway stages, how to audition for Hollywood projects from outside Hollywood, how to get a Hollywood agent and whatever else the mentees would like to learn from the veteran actors. The two mentees will have daily access to the stars by phone and e-mail.

This is the first installation of the DME Hollywood Mentorship program. It is executed in conjunction with Folk Tale Theatre Company. Molosi said before the mentorship begins, the mentees met with him for a masterclass so that by the time they interact with the mentors, they already have a grasp of the basics on how Hollywood works.

“It was important for us to ensure that Setho and Boikhutso are matched with professional actors who can mentor in skill and also mentor in the awareness that being a person of color in Hollywood has a specific reality to it as well. Beyond offering your talent, you must also understand the politics of Hollywood for you to navigate that space productively,” he concluded.



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