MAKING her way into a male- dominated industry has been a job and a half for filmmaker and businesswoman, Nolubabalo “Babsi” Mcinga, but it’s a job she wouldn’t trade for anything.
The aspiring media mogul from East London in the Eastern Cape spoke to SunBuzz about being a filmmaker and the challenges she has faced.
“Being a woman in the film industry is a lot of work because you have to work twice as hard to prove that you can also do the job.
“This is the only draining and negative challenge I’ve been experiencing in the industry. There are instances where I’m seen not to be good enough to direct or produce my own show without a big name attached next to mine.
“I fail to understand this because how can I be overlooked with all the work I’ve done in the past years as an executive producer? In some cases, men would try to sabotage funding proposals and hiring of equipment in order to demotivate me as a female in the business,” she said.
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Babsi keeps on pushing regardless of the challenges. She has worked on a number of films. She shared how she got into making films.
“Film making was brought to me by people who needed assistance with fundraising, product placement, business plans, accommodation, location scouting, casting and recruitment of extras.
“I assisted few productions and visited sets, and the film bug bit me hard. The more requests I got, the more I became inquisitive about the business of filmmaking. I finally got the guts to enter the industry on my own and that’s where I am now,” she said.
Babsi wants to take over Africa as the next Oprah Winfrey. “Oprah is my motivation. , she became an industry trailblazer and one of the most notable woman on television to date. Winfrey is a producer, actress, television icon. She was the first Black American woman to own her own production company. I see myself owning my own TV channel, being a talk show host and owning a top production company in Africa,and around the world and just producing films,” she said.
She is now working on four projects.
“I am releasing two films, Thorns In my Flesh at the end of May on YouTube and Nelson in June in cinema and on TV. I’m shooting my second short film with the deaf community in Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape in June. written by Sithembile Xaso and Pearl Juqu. We are also shooting a feature film, Ubuntu.” and it’s written by Darrell Roodt