Dice on Michael, ‘The 3rd Will’ and Soupe à l’oignon
Musician and Actor, Dice sat down with Namib Insider to shed some light on the soft spoken and driven lady’s man, ‘Michael Kamati’, who he plays in ‘The 3rd Will’ series on Zambezi Magic. Dice has launched his acting career playing the second-born child of the late ‘Henry Kamati’ and has been part of the cast since the first season of the drama series which is in the production of it’s fourth season. Michael, being in his early 30’s is one of the Kamati siblings causing epic drama in the series revolving around inheritance, betrayal and family feuds.
Here’s the Interview:
Would you be friends with Michael Kamati in real life?
Yes. I suppose so, he seems like a chilled dude. He should just leave his drama at the door. Good vibes only.
What is the one thing he does, you wish he would stop doing?
He is too trusting at times and very gullible. Wish he could get friends that can put him in check.
How has your journey with ‘The 3rd Will’ been?
Educational for lack of better words. I learned so much over the past four seasons, especially for me not having any acting experience prior to this. The cast is great and we have a brilliant director and plus I have a new crew I call family. I am truly blessed.
What’s your take on the acting business?
I still consider myself a student of the art. Looking at other colleagues of the industry at work gave me great confidence and good tips which helped me when I struggled. Acting takes a lot of mental focus with a fair amount of passion. I wish we had more platforms like ‘The 3rd Will’ in Namibia, because Namibia has got so much talent. Many passionate students from colleges write to me or approach me with their passion. This made me realise that we have very little platforms to showcase. We have qualified and competent individuals who are sitting at home without jobs. Funding is critical and a huge cash injection is needed in order to boost our film industry otherwise it could die a fast natural death.
You also do music; if you had to choose acting or music, which would it be?
I eat, sleep, drink and breath music.
Who would be your dream crew?
At the level where our film industry is I would say that it would be premature to answer that. There’s so much talent but, I feel like so many of them lack the exposure that comes with working on a big budget feature. Its mostly the theatre actors who are doing well because most theatre projects get funding. Filming is a whole different ball game. So, to answer that will be like shooting in the dark.
Do you think actors can really make a successful living in Namibia?
Until our corporates decide to start giving back to the stage and screen community and invest in the local market then no, you will just be another famous actor by day and a bartender at night chasing the dream but nothing to show for.
What would you like Namibian theatre and film industry to be like?
Competitive and self sustainable. It hurts to hear people say that they want to join ‘The 3rd Will’ only to get experience so that they can go work in the South African film industry. If we don’t bring social changes in our society now, our generation will have nothing.
What makes a good actor in your eyes?
A natural. Somebody who is so in tuned with the character you can’t differentiate what’s real and what’s not; its like the actor was born for a specific role. A perfect example would be Denzel Washington.
What social stigma does society need to get over?
What food have you never eaten but would really like to try?
Soupe à l’oignon (French onion soup)
What are you currently worried about?
The transfer that was apparently done two days ago but has not reflected yet.. Eish, should I be worried?
What’s your “Back in my day, we…”
…used a pantyhose around a wire and used it as a pop shield?
What brand are you most loyal to?
The ‘Dice’ brand. Everything I have today is thanks to that name.
What was one of the most interesting concerts you’ve been to?
An Oviritje concert.
What did you Google last?
‘The Best Hip Hop African videos 2018’
What’s the funniest pick-up line you’ve heard?
“Do you know what my shirt is made of? Boyfriend material…”
The third season of the drama series which revolves around an inherited family feud is on at Zambezi Magic (Dstv channel 160) on Wednesdays at 21h30. The show is also available on DStv Catch Up.