A YOUNG New Germany pair has been labelled as the ‘KZN power couple’ for their outstanding achievements in the art and entertainment industry.
Hayden and Sarah Perry-Nortjé are actively working on a creative career in the arts and entertainment industry and this year they took part in a talent competition, Talent Africa.
Every year, Talent Africa scouts talented individuals from around South Africa through regional auditions to perform in Johannesburg.
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A handfull of actors, models, singers, musicians and dancers are then selected to represent South Africa every July at Talent America held in New York City, United States of America.
This year’s KZN Regionals hosted more than 200 audition pieces over a two day period.
“We decided we really did not have much to lose, let’s give it a shot,” said Sarah.
She modelled formal wear in her modelling category and selected a comedic monologue to perform. Both qualified her for the national leg of the competition.
“I was awarded overall first place in my age category and received the Best Model award. It was such an honour,” she said.
Hayden also bagged first place in his age category and received the highest mark for a songwriter, an amazing 90 per cent.
Both acting and song writing landed him in the nationals.
“This qualified us to be awarded our provincial colours for KZN in performing arts,” said Hayden
The nationals were held at the Roodepoort Theater in April.
“From the moment we walked in we felt overwhelmed by the kindness of the talented hosts and the performers,” said Hayden
Sarah said it was an amazing country-wide turnout with more than 2000 pieces to be showcased.
“I entered seven modelling categories and two acting pieces. My husband entered two modelling, two acting, one songwriter and two artworks and we were over the moon with the results,” she said.
They were both invited to represent South Africa at Talent America which qualified them for their South African colours in Performing Arts.
Sarah received seven out of seven golds for her modelling and one gold and one bronze for acting. She was also crowned the Face of Talent Africa KZN 2017.
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Hayden received ‘triple threat’; gold in three different categories, music, modelling and acting.
He was awarded gold and silver for acting, gold and bronze for art, gold for modelling and gold for songwriting.
“We have been named and are now known as the ‘KZN Power Couple’. We are so happy to have been a part of this experience and doing so well representing KZN at nationals,” added Hayden.
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