Coming onto our radar through her deeply reflective and affirming self-published debut poetry collection entitled ‘The Truth Shall Bloom‘ (2018), Tebogo Nong is a screenwriter and poet with a love for all things art, writing and creative entrepreneurship.
While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Motion Picture, majoring in Screenwriting and Producing, she learned the power of narrative and storytelling which lead her to further explore Film Directing and Screenwriting during her honours year.
She curates @BloomPoetryZA – a multidisciplinary platform she founded in 2017 with the aim of creating a space for multifaceted artists and thinkers. She enjoys collaborating in environments that require a dynamic voice.
She reveales that the process has shown her new layers of who she is.
”I have a passion for research & how it impacts our world and our growth. I share my art with the world to inspire self-recovery and growth.”
How do you define yourself as a writer, filmmaker and what inspired you to become one?
In a perfect world, I wouldn’t define myself, but to answer the question I would choose the word ‘multifaceted’ it best describes me as a writer of different mediums and it allows me to create without limitation. My love for storytelling inspired me to explore the possibilities of what it would look like to see my words to evolve from paper to screen.
What makes your style of storytelling unique?
The purpose of my storytelling is not to lead people to a promised land but to lead them back to themselves. Being honest in my expressions is what makes my storytelling unique.
What creative projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on my debut directorial film. Writing it has been exciting and challenging at the same time, the story explores the intricacies of childhood and explores the challenges of being resilient when facing familial adversity.
For more on the project you can follow : Transmute.shortfilm
What do you feel the next step should be for the film, television and entertainment industry in South Africa?
I think the next step should be archiving and appreciating the already existing film, TV and entertainment culture we have, nurturing it through support and cultivating a culture of documenting; so when a new generation of creators release work we will have context and collectively give our industries the respect they deserve.
What would you say to upcoming fellow writers and filmmakers to inspire them?
- To define is to limit, there are limitless possibilities to the things you can achieve.
- Grow, evolve and nurture yourself because that is where your voice and everything you want to birth will stem from.
- Lay a foundation of knowledge that you can confidently build on.
- Create beyond the need for recognition and instant gratification, timeless work requires respect and patience – you deserve to have a portfolio and build a life that is a reflection of timeless beauty.
Photography by Sheena.Photography
Connect with Tebogo on:
Instagram and Twitter: @tebogonong_
Creative blog: @bloompoetryza