From Isidingo to making it through to the Semi-Finals of Strictly Come Dancing, Actor Ashish Gangapersad is not stopping there. I managed to catch up with him and this is what went down.
From as long as I can remember I wanted to be an actor. As I grew older the reason for wanting to become one matured with me. From wanting to be a superhero as a kid and playing James Bond through teenage years when I felt like the world was on my shoulders and wanted to be someone else and finally becoming an adult and wanting to entertain people and create worlds and characters that I have only dreamt of. While working a full time job and studying for my I.T qualification I took up acting classes with a private tutor by the name of James Parker. A retired acting coach. For 3 years I balanced all of that sacrificing a lot in hopes of becoming an actor. In 2009 I took the plunge, resigned from my job and moved up to JHB to pursue an acting career. The rest as they say, is history.
Besides how to dance, I learnt what limits are. And how to go beyond them. I learnt what’s it’s like to face harsh negativity but still go on.
I’m Currently producing a legal drama series entitled f.LAW.ed and working on a film called Un/Born Different for next year.
Friends, family but most of all the people. For without them, I am nothing. Being an artist means you are a servant of the people. It’s your duty to never be boring.
I Love my wife to death. She is the most amazing person. She has been with me and experienced this journey from before the start. She’s the rock that grounds me. Parents and sister are extremely supportive as well. They always back me up a also believe in me in all that I do. I know I can always turn to either one of them for advice.
We’re aiming for it to be a series like never before. A show to rival that of the American series’ that flood our screens. We’re going to go for a Hollywood style and look but still keep it rooted in South Africa. Our goal is to raise the bar of entertainment in this country and create a show that has international appeal.
Its a very difficult industry, but not impossible. It requires hard work and dedication so make sure you get in it for the right reasons. Never give up, no matter what the odds. Work hard and push through be because this country needs more artists.
Thank you all for the incredible support. Not just for Strictly Come Dancing, but in all that I do. I hope to entertain you for many years to come and I hope to have your continued support. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!.
One Word Answers..
Way too many to mention.
Posted from WordPress for BlackBerry.