Our young talent for this week is Faeron Wheeler, a theatre actress from Cape Town. Faeron Wheeler started off as a dancer but soon turned her focus to acting. She did drama throughout high school and went on to study film and English at the University of Cape Town (UCT). This is reflected in her passion for story telling and writing. She obtained her Honours in Film Production. Since then she’s re-discovered her love for the stage (although she remains passionate about film). She’s currently part of a production at the Masque Theatre in Cape Town. She’s actually done 4 shows at the Masque Theatre in the last 2 years. Faeron Wheeler is inspired by old-school Hollywood actresses like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren. She loves fashion and she loves entertaining people. Her dream is to have her own production company and to write and direct films for a living.
The Junk Mail team recently conducted an interview with her. This is what she had to say.
What to you, is talent? To me talent is basically being good at something but it is more about how you use that talent. When you find what your talent is, you should be allowed to bring it to life. I hate it when someone is good at something but has no confidence in their ability.
Do you think drama is a way or a form of capturing talent in a more tangible way? Well, through drama you can see if someone is talented almost immediately. I find it is a craft that can always be improved but if you don’t have the innate talent… It is also the kind of talent that is put on display for many people to see, the same goes for most of the arts.
What is it about acting or drama that drew you to persue it further? I love telling stories plain and simple. I apparently learned to tell stories at a very early age and my teachers had to watch that one when it came to my homework 😉 Growing up I was always on stage with modern dancing and that was the only place I had confidence when I was young. So acting was a natural progression. Most of the time now I feel that it is one of the only things I can do with any confidence. And I love it, I love everything about acting.
What to you has been the most challenging aspect of drama or acting and what has been the most fulfilling aspect of it? The most challenging aspect is definitely breaking into the industry. In fact, I’m still struggling with that one hugely! I work as an actor where I can and hopefully in time will see the work pay off. Right now I am paying my dues with theatre, performing at The Masque Theatre. The most fulfilling aspect is knowing that I am giving my dreams a real shot. I know I won’t wake up when I’m in my forties and question why I didn’t even try. And if it all works out, I won’t actually have to work because the film and theatre worlds are not work to me.
Who has been your favourite character to play or alternatively what has been your favourite piece of art to perform? And why? My favourite character was probably Harriet in “Isn’t It Romantic” Firstly it was a lead part I was so proud I got and secondly the cast was really good. I learnt so much from that cast. It is always good to work with people who know what they are doing and have a lot to offer. I also did some children’s theatre last year which was so incredibly rewarding. We travelled to Primary Schools around the country and performed for the pupils. It was so great to work with the kids, we would bring up about 4 children in each show and they would become part of the show. That is what makes acting so fulfilling.
What would you like to achieve with your acting? Ultimately I want to make feature films, I love fantasy and sci-fi. I also want to have my own production company. I want to write, direct and act… Not too much to ask for 😉 I’ve always liked the idea of dreaming big, and aiming high, but I also just want to be good at what I do.
What are your plans for the near future? Are you going to continue to persue your dreams of acting or do you have something different planned ? I am definitely never going to stop acting, even if I just do AmDram productions while working a full time job. Without that creative outlet I think I would go completely nuts! I’ve been working as a freelance copywriter and a blogger lately, and I quite enjoy it. I would quite happily continue with that kind of work for now. I’m also working on scripts for short films and tv shows in my spare time. I’d very much like to see some of those get produced in the near future. Of course, I always write in a character for myself 🙂 I also want to travel… and I’d quite like to do it now while I’m still young. There is an awful lot out there that I’d like to see.
Which up and coming plays or art performance pieces can we look forward to seeing you in in the near future? I am currently rehearsing for a production of Gigi. It will open at The Masque Theatre on Friday 3 December. I have a lovely little character part which is so much fun. The cast is great and I really think that it will be an excellent production! Bookings will open in November and you can book through 021 788 1898.
Do you think drama immitates life or life immitates drama? Hmmm, the chicken or the egg…. 🙂 Well, I have a degree in Film and Media studies so this is actually a 4000 word essay question to me! From an acting and writing side, we are definitely trying to reflect real life, real emotions and real reactions. So from my side, drama is imitating life… but there is sooo much more to that question!
The Junk Mail team would like to thank Faeron Wheeler for the interview. We wish her all the best with her future endeavours.
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