26-year-old Otto Nobela is an independent actor and MC from Pretoria Atteridgeville. He specialises in both acting on screens and theatre, and also does event MCing and appearances on events. His career began in the backyard of Pheli, for an organisation called Community Theatre. He started his career in a play called Vampire by Junior Mathebula. He also worked with Nompumelelo Paul Grootboom on his play Protest.

Otto also showed his talent in his work with Kagiso Lediga for Matwetwe and Queen Sono the first African original series associated with Netflix and Diprente, He also appeared on a Vusi Africa feature film Letters of Hope. Growing up, acting has always been a passion for Otto. “As a kid, I was overweight, and I didn’t have a way to express myself until I got into the arts and learned how to be comfortable with myself.” He adds. This helped him gain more confidence and boost his self-esteem.

In 2019, Otto had an opportunity to go on national duty under the South African State Theatre in Angola alongside the legendary Sbongile Khumalo doing a show called Kwanele organised by the artist director of SAST Aubrey Sekhabi. When asked how he is pursuing his dream during the Covid -19 pandemic we are facing, Otto told Tsa Pitori that it is rather unfortunate that as an independent artist, there is not much that he can do. He only hopes to get calls from any production that is currently operating in the country.

“In the near future, I see myself appearing more often in our screens, representing myself internationally in everything that I do.” He said. Personally, he would love to work with Tshedza pictures. His reason being that the production represents where he comes from and they work with names he has always looked up to. Otto believes in always keeping himself informed. He works on his career by staying relevant in the industry, seeking bigger opportunities and nurturing his craft everyday. #ladi_jaja?

Article By: Thuli Galane.

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