Another one from Durban yebo yes, we taking over like the ocean is no limit and when we had the pleasure to interview the most dynamic KZN personality on TV Minenhle “Minnie” Dlamini. This is how she she described herself (In short):
I am Minenhle Dlamini but everyone calls me “Minnie”. I am 20 years old who grew up in Durban and studied in Cape Town. I am a very fun person, I love to laugh and be around people. I have always been family orientated and have a very supportive family.
I have always led a very active lifestyle playing sport, performing arts & modelling. I never stop talking so being a presenter was always on the cards.
Lights, Camera and you ON!
1. Who is the new spark of Live?
The fun loving, bubbly talkative new spark of Live is “Minenhle Dlamini”
2. How did your career take off, take us through the audition butterflies?
The auditions were nerve wrecking the scariest thing I have ever done. I knew this was a big opportunity that I did not want to mess up. In the first round my nerves got the better of me and I messed up my first link but confidence and a better second link got me through to day 2 of the auditions. On this day I knew it was be your best or go home I went there and did Minnie the best way I knew how. I didn’t over-analyse the script like I did the day prior. I made it to JHB and did my thing and the rest was up to South Africa.
3. Have you always wanted to be TV personality?
Yes! I have always known I was going to be on TV either as an actress or presenter. I talk a lot and I love the camera.
4. So what inspired you to be in this industry?
I love TV I am a total “couch potato”! And I grew up watching the likes of Basetsana Khumalo, Clair Mowisa and I always thought to myself “that could be me someday, I could so do that”.
5. So has your life changed now that you a famous figure tell us how?
I am generally a very relaxed person and I don’t get consumed by hype. As a result I totally forget that people know who I am it still gets a bit weird when someone recognizes me but I’m getting used to it now and the people in the industry have been really sweet.
6. Mentors throughout your journey?
My parents have been the best support structure in my life especially when I know they have my best interest at heart. My mother has taught me how to be a strong, independent woman and most importantly how to be a lady! My father gives me my strength and intelligence. He also taught me how to read people and get the most out of every opportunity in life.
7. Did you study to be a presenter or is it a natural flair?
I didn’t study it so I guess it’s a natural flair but it goes without saying that my speech and Drama training from the age of 3 years to my recent years has definitely played a tremendous role.
8. You’re most memorable moment to date?
Meeting the great Nelson Mandela in 2003 he was so inspirational and knowing I am part of the elite few that has had the opportunity to sit down and chat to him made my life!
9. Could you take us through the moment they told you “The job is yours”?
In a nutshell “HEART-ATTACK!!!” I was in tears of joy and complete pride and gratitude.
Routines & Gadgets
1. What’s your daily routine when you get up in the morning?
I wake up and get clean. I go to Urban Brew where I intern from 9am to 5pm. Usually shoot a show until 8pm then I go home, make food and sleep. (This comes with girly giggle*) it’s a lot more interesting than it sounds though. There is always something interesting happening at urban brew studios with so many amazing shows under one roof you can’t help being entertained.
2. Are you organised type of girl or do you rely on reminders?
I am generally an organised chaos but it works for me I guess. I usually have to do something straight away or I procrastinate. (Hey as long as it works for the lady)
3. Are you fascinated by gadgets, if yes what type?
I am technically challenged but I love pressing buttons and connecting things.
(Another giggle burst with confessions of a creative)
4. Your last Gadget upgrade?
Does my blackberry count? (It’s no lie she loves her laugh) oh and a new laptop
Affection towards Loved ones
1. Give us a glimpse of your family life?
My family is amazing I am very blessed I have both very active parents. My dad is my mom and my mom is my dad. Weird but it works and I love them. I have amazing brothers I grew up as one of the boys I didn’t know I was a girl until I was 7years old. We are all very close and generally a mad house. (We should all aspire for “mad houses” if this is the end result)
2. Does your family support your new found career?
They support everything I do so definitely and they are super proud.
3. Values & Morals that you carry with you always?
I always stay true to myself and never compromise my self-worth for anyone or anything. Respect those around you. Staying Dedicated and working hard. What you put in is what you get out.
4. How have your relationships changed since taking on this job with friends & family?
The only thing that changed is I don’t get to see them as often but the relationships have not changed that drastically really.
5. What would you say is ideal formula for healthy relations as a young woman?
Self respect because a woman gets treated the way she carries herself. So never sell yourself short.
6. How do you handle situations when you under pressure?
I love pressure it’s I feel that’s when I’m at my best performance.
Achievements & Aspirations
1. Tell us where does the gorgeous Ms Dlamini see herself in 3yrs time?
Completed my degree and in the beginning stages of starting up my company.
2. What do you feel are your greatest achievements to date?
Personal and dear one would be achieving 100% for Dramatic Arts in Matric.
3. Challenges you faced?
Just juggling my busy schedule (still breezy days)
4. How would you say you measure success?
I believe success is when your passions are realised at the same time it is a continuous journey not a destination. (Wise words & brilliant observation)
5. What don’t you ever want to lose or forget in yourself?
I never want to be without my drive and passion.
6. Where & what do you aspire to be?
I aspire to make an impact in the corporate element of the entertainment industry by producing more international standard television programs and movies. (Work it sister)
7. To other young people that want to be part of the industry, what motivation can you give?
Get as much training as you can engage in research. Go out there and make it happen.
9. Role model a figure you look up to?
Basetsana Khumalo and Carole Bouwer they started on camera and turned their brands into lucrative businesses and they are very powerful entertainment business women.