Buzz Life News finds out what they have to say about facilitating women in the entertainment industry, having their voices heard, mentoring other women and so much more.
“The steps towards representing women’s voices in the creative industry are on a slow but steady climb,” she says.
“As more female writers emerge, our stories as women are being written down and being told through storytelling. As you give one woman the power and the platform to shape the narrative of how women’s stories ought to be told, you inadvertently permit many other women to have the courage to speak up about the issues women face daily.”
“They should do their research to equip themselves with enough knowledge for the field they want to go into,” explains Zenande.
“It’s so important to dig deep and ask yourself hard questions about why it is you want to be in this creative space. It’s not for the faint at heart, you need to have a strong backbone and be able to withstand whatever challenge is thrown at you.”
“I believe as women, we hold each other back by not supporting and nurturing one another for obvious reasons; competitiveness, which could be positive if used well. But, it’s almost as though there are a lot more underlying issues among us, which I am looking at unpacking to support, grow and create a much better vibe/relations for us to get along.”
Liopelo adds that this competitiveness affects women in all spheres, but mostly in the entertainment industry.
“As society looks to entertainment for influence, edutainment, support, relaxation, and rehabilitation, we as women need to resolve the issues among ourselves to be well on our way to greatness.”
She feels the minute women can freely trust one another to be vulnerable among each other, we will be well on our way to growing together, healing and supporting one another, and just from that more stories will prevail that will lead to happy endings and positive influence.
“As women, we are at an advantage because we are emotionally intuitive, smart, and caring, over and above the education and skills we attain.”
“There have been a few opportunities for a few women and that’s a step in the right direction, but we need more room, more space, and more opportunities that are specifically and intentionally reserved for women,” she explains.
“Also, the process shouldn’t be made hard for them to flourish in the industry.”
In her many years as an actress, she has never stopped voicing her thoughts and opinions – although it hasn’t been easy. She has also never been afraid to be persistent about knocking on doors and never giving up. Her advice to other women who would like to take up space in the creative industry is to never give up and to not stop pushing the boundaries and showcasing their talents and abilities.