You may know him from the X factor on SABC 3 and Keeping Up With The Kandasamys but what you don’t know about him is that he is as humble in real life as he is on screen. Tabloid Newspapers got a chance to chat with one of South Africa’s bubbly personalitys… Actor, Writer, Singer and Dancer Rory Booth.
PT: Tell us a little bit about yourself….. Who is Rory?
RB: I know that I have a lot of professions but they all work hand in hand I guess. I love traveling and I love animals. I have a 4year old Boerboel named Caesar and he is the apple of my eye. I am fortunate enough to be pursuing what I love. Whether I am writing a feature film, or performing a monologue in a theatre piece, I always pour my heart and soul into my work and aim to (in some way) have a positive affect on my audience.
PT: What are some of the challenges that you have faced in your career?
RB: As with all professions , they don’t come without their challenges. I would say a common one in the entertainment industry is the lack of job opportunities. There are not many who maintain a healthy career by just filling one position. I had to explore and hone in on all the skills I have that are arts related to ensure survival.
PT: Please give us a break down of all the careers you have been involved in and which one has been your favorite so far?
RB: Before I decided that I was going to be a full time Performing Artist I worked as a Pet Shop Assistant, a Bank teller, an Exhaust Plant Cleaner, a cashier at a clothing Retailer and a Promoter for a Printing Company. None of the above were my favourite. One of the highlights in my career in the Entertainment Industry was presenting The Xtrafactor on Sabc 3, Co Writing and Acting in Keeping Up With The Kandasamys and Performing my first solo theatre performance in Ashwin Singh’s Reoca Light
PT: What are your New Year’s resolutions?
RB: I usually don’t have resolutions but I do adopt a theme that I try my best to adhere to. I have dubbed 2018 the year of honesty. So, I try to be as honest as I can in everything I do or say.
PT: What does your typical day at work look like?
RB: At the moment, I am busy writing a feature film with very strict deadlines. So, my current typical day is gym at 7.30am. I have writing sessions with my co- writer from 10am to 5pm. Once that’s done I attend a dance or singing class. If it’s not dancing or singing I use the time after work to write my personal projects like my Traveeno Talks series on YouTube and Facebook, for example.
PT: What has pushed your career to where you are now?
RB: Hard work, humility and God’s grace. I’m very grateful to have some mentors in this industry who I really look up to, and who are guiding lights when I am unsure about the decisions I have to make in such a competitive and cut-throat Industry. You have to roll with the punches and constantly evolve. I don t think anything pushed me – everything that I’ve ever done just happened naturally. I m a firm believer that we are all exactly where we need to be at the present moments in our lives.
PT: You are a well known talented local actor-singer, between singing and acting which one is your most favorite and why?
RB: I can’t choose! There are things in both singing and acting that makes me love it equally I suppose. Nailing a high note when singing or making someone laugh in a comedic skit are great feelings but still so different at the same time.
PT: When did your acting career start?
RB:My career kicked off in Matric 2004 when in I auditioned for The Young Performers Project which is still going on to this day of Oliver- The Musical . Stepping on a professional stage in my matric year was the deciding factor for the rest of my life as a performing artist.
PT:Was it always your dream to be involved in productions?
RB: Yes, When I was 5-years-old, I sang There’s a hole in my bucket for my pre- school concert. The feeling I got from entertaining people just made me realize what I loved doing most. My dream is to play Simba in the Lion king, Aladdin in Disney’s Aladdin and Lola in Kinky Boots.
PT: How was co writing and being part of the Keeping with the Kandasamys?
RB: Co- Writing Keeping Up With The Kandasamys was life changing. It’s one of the highest ranking South African Films and SA’s number 1 film of 2017. Being a writer on this project opened many doors for other projects and has kickstarted my career as a writer.
PT:Having done children’s theatre, musical theatre and musical theatre revues what has been your favorite in all of them?
RB:Musical theatre is awesome but I’d have to say musical theatre revues are close to my heart – I just love singing songs from different eras.
PT:What inspired you to write your first children’s play called Festive Fun with Bob and Rob?
RB: To be honest, I was unemployed and needed work. My friend Grant Jacobs and I banded together and wrote the play in two weeks. Little did we know that Bob and Rob would be so popular, that we wrote two more installments.
PT:What has been your greatest achievement that you are most proud of?
RB: Keeping Up With The Kandasamys. My co writer Jayan Moodley and I still watch scenes from the film. It’s quite surreal to see your words come to life.
PT:Apart from the Mercury Personality of the Year Award, what other awards have you received?
RB: I received a Naledi Theatre award for Best Supporting Actor in a musical for my portrayal of Donkey in Shrek the Musical
PT:Have you achieved all that you want to achieve, or do you still have a lot of goals?
RB:I have many goals and I m never going to stop. When I’ve achieved my goals I will think of more goals to achieve.
PT: How would you define yourself?
RB: Fun loving, truthful but funny. I m a lover not a fighter. The God in me creates the God in you.
PT: What do you do to relax after a long day at work?
RB: I’m usually so tired after a long day that I skip the relaxing bit and just fall asleep.
Complete the sentence
My dream holiday…….. is in India anywhere in India. I love it there.
My perfect day………. would be having good coffee on tap.
If I had a super power………. it would be the ability to read people’s minds.