Seasoned actor and comedian Siyabonga Radebe has opened up about almost giving up on his career as a performer, after being discouraged by those close to him.
Taking to Instagram on Tuesday night, the actor recalled the first time he performed for a crowd, and subsequently fell in love with the craft.
“Early in life I found myself performing for a crowd at my grandfather’s church and I remember feeling like ‘WOW!’ I really love this feeling, so I decided to keep that feeling and continue performing whenever I got the chance,” he wrote.
Soon after, Siyabonga claimed he drew the attention of many fans and, as a result, made a name for himself as a performer. However, family and friends suggested that he should instead use his name to make “a certain point.”
“Because of the love I believe they have for me and the love I have for them, I allowed my mind and spirit to believe they were right.
“I should stand for something, but in doing this, I almost forgot to stand for something much more important to me. Doing what I personally love and cherish, sharing myself artistically, learning everything about arts and bettering myself as a performer,” he continued.
Siyabonga further explained that with the discouragement from those around him, he almost forgot the feeling he initially had, which led to him pursuing a career in performing arts.
“I almost forgot that feeling I had, that feeling that gave me purpose and channeled me to what later gave me a name associated with entertainment,” he said, before expressing his keen interest in not letting that feeling slip through the cracks.
“With kindness and respect, I believe I should keep that feeling and I can’t keep it and stand for what you want me to stand for…let me art how I feel, not how you feel,” he added.