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Featured Creators Club Profile

Nic Manshon

Hi, I’m Nic Manshon. Creativity, for me, started back when I was drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and entering Mother’s Day competitions for KTV. I always loved art as a kid and did it as a subject throughout my schooling career.  If I were to be totally honest, I never saw a career in creativity in high school, even though art was my highest marked subject.  Hence, I went to study personal training straight after high school and thereafter worked for Virgin Active for a while. Soon enough I realized that it wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, I believe nothing is lost with learning. After having these feelings to change my career, I started exploring creativity again. That was a good choice! The journey started out at CPUT, studying industrial design and serving at a local church, heading up the media department. After that, I got a scholarship for digital filmmaking at SAE. I never received a scholarship before so I was super stoked to do the course, not rea

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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