BY KIMBERLY KARIATI
RISING from the gold mining town of Kwekwe, Trish “Camilla Carter” Degwa is a relaxed, hard-working and disciplined actress. Away from the camera, the 23-year-old actress is an adviser and a good listener who loves sports and music. She is famed for her role as Camilla Carter in local drama series Estate Blues which airs on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Television (ZBCTV) at 1930hrs every Friday.
My profession began in 2018 as a lack of career guidance when I enrolled for a film and television production degree at the University of Zimbabwe. I, however, fell in love with the idea to represent and bring characters to reality. Though faced with rejection in establishing my career, I soldiered on with the hope that it only gets better. In 2019 I starred in a short film directed by Innocent Mwapangira called Husband Matters and I am hoping to grow as a character and to get more roles this year.
I am motivated by fellow African actress in Hollywood Danai Gurira and I can only say the sky is the limit.
I have been acting for a year and a few months. So far, the response from fans is amazing. Having to capture the script by heart in a short space of time and deliver the needed movements and facial expressions has been my greatest strength. I also have a passion for fashion. Costume plays a huge part in showcasing the character’s mood, intentions and occupation, so having to pick outfits to suit my character has been very exciting. As someone who loves being in front of the camera, I have an appreciation of the crew that works behind it. I love the whole experience from lighting, camera work, boom swinging, directing as well as editing.
I could say my ability to switch accents. The way I speak in person is totally different from how I speak on set. I guess being myself is powerful enough to distinguish me from the rest. Everyone is exceptional in their own way. I am uniquely Trish and I believe no one can take that away from me. The way I play a certain character can be totally different to the next actor.
I would say Camilla Cater is a sweetheart, inquisitive but very understanding, in this drama series which speaks on societal issues such as land, inheritance, business, love, betrayal and marital issues in various families. In the series, Camilla Cater grew up unaware of her father, but unexpectedly she is the gate to her father’s wealth. Conflicts always arise as the drama unfolds.
View of film industry
The film industry is viewed as child’s play by many. People see it as a game of house, but in actual fact, it is important to society. This is where people get enlightened in every way possible. From culture, fashion and sport. I believe more funds should be put out for creatives to produce more content for our nation. There are a lot of people who have great ideas, but have no financial support.
Not being taken seriously is the biggest challenge I have faced as an actress. Just because I am not a doctor or a lawyer, many tend to label acting as a hobby and not a career. This can be very frustrating as it destroys a lot of actors and actresses’ self-esteem. Having the film industry appreciated would mean a lot. Actors and actresses need to be treated like the next person who is regarded as important. By the end of the day, everyone needs entertainment, so a little appreciation goes a long way.
It differs with the kind of opportunity one gets. Some get paid. Some do it out of passion despite getting paid or not.
I happen to be a tongue roller.
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