Breathing In – Trudi Conradie
It was an amazing experience to be part of the National Arts Festival especially as a professional actress and not a student. It did take a lot of dedication and hard work to be able to get your production up to standard for a festival like NAF. We learned very valuable lessons with regards to procedures at the festival.
Firstly it is very important to arrive early enough to put up posters and get your advertising out on the streets. It is not important to print fancy posters on fancy paper, very plain very simple but as many as possible to get them up everywhere. Also go to the offices of the Cue, the festival newspaper and see what you can organise with them with regards to an add in the newspaper. Try every single day if they don’t want to help you on the first day.
The most valuable lesson I learned was that the size of your audience does not determine the chances you have to win an ovation award and also no matter the size of the audience everyone paid and everyone deserves a show of top notch quality. Get out there and mingle meet as many people as possible and see as many shows as possible because you never know what you could offer someone or what they can offer you.
I am very grateful for the bursary that Imbewu gave me, without them I would not have had a production or an Ovation Award added onto my CV. It is a fun festival to be part of and really a great platform to experiment with something new and different.