Entle receives NY scholarship


Following a 10-day visit to the United State of America to the Applause Rising Talent Showcase in Orlando, a 12-year-old from Bloemfontein, Entle Mlindwa, has made South Africa proud by being one of two South Africans from a group of 110 hopefuls, to receive a scholarship from the New York Film Academy (NYFA).
The aspiring young actress told Courant she can hardly believe her luck. Lizette Henning, her caregiver, said she is glad they attended the showcase as it has provided Mlindwa with an experience that she believes will give her an advantage over other young girls her age also aspiring to be actresses.
”When we got to New York from Orlando, our scout split us into two groups. He showed us how to do films and pose for our pictures and also gave tips for behind the scenes. We were also given a tour of the New York Film Academy building,” an excited Mlindwa said as she recalled the moment.
“It was a tough 10 days. Every day we would have to be there at 7 in the morning, only to return home at 11 in the night, but Entle’s enthusiasm was evident in how easily she got up every morning, while on some days just waking up proved to be hard for me,” Henning said. While Mlindwa has since received an offer to become a television presenter in Johannesburg, the young teen and her caregiver, whom she refers to as “mom”, said they had a discussion to put job offers and relocating to America on hold, at least until after she has finished her Grade 12.

Lizette Henning says Entle Mlindwa’s passion for her craft inspires her to also do things she is passionate about in her life. PHOTO: PULANE CHOANE

“Representatives from NYFA will be visiting the country on 25 September and we will be discussing issues related to the scholarship. Entle and I will be meeting them in Johannesburg,” Henning added. While the scholarship will only commence in June 2018, Henning said she will be talking to Mlindwa’s school soon as she would like to make alternative arrangements to ensure that the young scholar will not miss out on school while she is attending the scholarship next year.