Staying Authentic To My Own Journey – Tshego Koke

I recently had a conversation with Tshego Koke, a renowned TV presenter, MTV Base VJ, and rapper, regarding his journey in the entertainment industry, his recent Safta award victory and his aspirations for the future.

Congratulations on your recent Safta win for best TV presenter! How does this achievement make you feel and what significance does it hold for you?

I am grateful for the progress I have made in the industry and consider myself fortunate to be in an ever-changing and evolving space. While some individuals may question the significance of TV presenters in today’s society, particularly with the emergence of social media influencers, particularly TikTokers, I am grateful for the recognition I have received through winning the Safta award. This accolade has provided me with the opportunity to continue my personal growth and serves as a testament to the importance of staying authentic to my own journey and constantly reinventing myself, resulting in continuous improvement.

You broke into the entertainment industry when you won the VJ search in 2017. How has your experience been in the industry so far?

Over the course of six years, I’ve experienced a lot of highs and lows in my journey. While the highs may seem ordinary, it is during the lows that I have truly been tested and forced to find strength. It is in these moments that I have come to realise that everything happens for a reason. The industry is constantly evolving, presenting us with valuable opportunities to learn and grow. By embracing the lows, I have gained a deeper appreciation for the highs and the lessons they bring.

Any advice you could offer to aspiring TV presenters and share any insights you have gained about the industry that you believe others should be aware of?

Above all, believe in your talent and recognise that our purpose is to progress rather than cling to the present, allowing others the opportunity to contribute just as you have been given the same chance. Acknowledge that the perception of talent has evolved, and the approach to evaluations has taken a different form. Moreover, it is crucial to actively promote yourself and take advantage of social media to showcase your skills, enabling you to gain recognition and collaborate with brands regardless of where you are.

What does the future hold?

The future is full of countless opportunities, and I have always been someone who plans ahead. However, I’m not afraid of embracing new experiences and being open to different possibilities. I have come to understand that the industry is changing, and in order to succeed, it is essential to have multiple streams of income. Whether it means going back to school to pursue a different career or taking the leap to start a business, this has taught me the importance of stepping outside of my comfort zone.

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By Muzi Ndziba

Muzi Ndziba | Joburg-based freelance journalist | content creator | Istyleblaq founder

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