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Crisco BL

My name is Sabelo Crisco Dlamini better known as Crisco BL. I’m an illustrator based in Durban. I’ve been illustrating for about a year & unlike other digital illustrators, I use my phone instead of a laptop to create my paintings.
My art is based on Depression, Anxiety & Anti Self Harm. The reason as to why I base my illustrations around these things is because I don’t think they are spoken of as much as they should be nor are they taken seriously. My illustrations or a form of self-reflection, things that I’ve gone through myself. I feel that in doing this, people can relate to my art as much as I do. 
A lot of teenagers these days go through the above mentioned and don’t have the platform to talk about it or express it. I want to make art that makes people feel like they’re not alone and that there are ways to deal with their pain.
You’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of yellow as a background in all my art. Yellow is a colour that is associated with happiness. I use the c…

Rushney Ferguson

Singer - Dancer - Actress

I come from a small town called Pacaltsdorp, situated in George but moved to Cape Town at a young age. I come from a very musical family filled with pianists and vocalists. I was surrounded by all genres of music but my main influences are Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and in more recent years, Christina Aguilera and the controversial Lady Gaga. Listening to them and watching them perform is what stirred this desire inside my soul to become a performer.

From then on my school days were filled with dreams of one day becoming a superstar and performing to thousands of people. School holidays were spent rehearsing and putting on mini performances for family members, the family pets, even the couch pillows and anyone who had the patience to watch me sing and dance around the living room. 

As I got older though, these inanimate objects became real audiences and this is where I found my true passion for performing. I was hungry but I knew that I would need to refine my set of skills and after finishing high school, I went on to study Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre at the Waterfront Theatre School. During those four years, I completed my training in advanced levels of Modern, Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Musical Theatre as well as Associate (teaching) qualifications in these genres. I felt like I was now ready to take on the world.

That excitement was short-lived as I was hit with the harsh reality of the entertainment industry. Your CV doesn’t always matter. Your training doesn’t always matter. It’s about who you know and how hard you will work to get to the top. Nobody could have prepared me for this and still to this day I have to remind myself that it’s not always as they make it out to be on television. I had to fight to make my voice heard and I am now only just making a dent. 

Through all of the ups and downs, places I’ve travelled to and the things I’ve seen, I’ve met amazing people who have now become mentors and good friends. It has been a fantastic ride up until now and it will only get better through time. I am determined to succeed and will keep on pushing and working until they know my name. 

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