Balancing family life and showbiz

New dad Wandile Molebatsi’s journey, love and family life.

by: SihleMasuku

He is known mostly as a talented actor, musician and entrepreneur, and now at age 30, Wandile is set on a new chapter in his life as a father and married man. But currently the only accolades he is intent on celebrating are his wife, Jessica Molebatsi and their little boy.

“It’s a cliché, everything changed when our son was born,” he says.

“I have new priorities now. I need to work harder and focus on providing for my family. It was a good change actually. I love it.”

Molebatsi got married in 2013 to stylist and a fashion designer, Jessica and they welcomed their son in 2015. He describes his wife as a patient, loving and caring woman.

“I have new priorities now. I need to work harder and focus on providing for my family. It was a good change actually. I love it.”

“There has been a great positive shift in my life since I met my wife. I get annoyed easily when things are not going great, but now that I have Jessica she calms me and situations do not get the best of me.”

Since his marriage he reveals that he has learnt that the best way to show love and appreciation to your partner is sharing all the responsibilities including household chores. “It’s okay to surprise her with romantic gifts every now and then but what is most important is that she knows that you are with her and you care,” he adds.

Wandile Molebatsi
(Photo supplied) Wandile Molebatsi

Wandile Molebatsi got his first big break in the South African film industry at the age of ten, starring in a movie named “Born Free”. He remembers his first time acting professionally as one of the most daunting situations he had ever experienced. Since then he has been a prominent face on our screens for more than 15 years.

With the acting industry being so fickle Wandile has managed to achieve a feat that many work hard towards. He has maintained staying power and has a string of successful movies and TV series’, such as “When we were black”, “The Wild” and “Soul City” to name a few.

I got rejected a lot for television and movie roles and it was disappointing sometimes but my mother would say to me that there’s more to life than getting a directors approval.”

He attributes his challenging but fruitful career to resilience, dedication and a great support structure. “As an artist you need to persevere hardships, know your worth and as for me I can say I was lucky to have a good support system in the form of my mother.

“I got rejected a lot for television and movie roles and it was disappointing sometimes but my mother would say to me that there’s more to life than getting a directors approval.”

He adds that the rejection taught him self-love; “It does not mean that if you get disappointed by something that didn’t go as planned then you need to go and drink your life away.”

As the co-owner of the production company, Coal Stove Pictures, which produced the first South African dance movie, Hear Me Move, Wandile’s time, is thinly spread. As a businessman and an entertainer his job is to balance his career and his family. And he shares, with a smile that despite it all the light of his day is coming home.

“There was once a hectic day that I had at work, it was a bad day and I came home late to find my son awake and sitting on the couch with his mother watching television. That image was very powerful, it made me feel at ease and forget about the bad day I was having.”

Wandile is wearing his newly found focus in his life like a badge of honour. And with his electric passion and energy it seems like he is still going to deliver more work that will forever be written in the entertainment history books.

Wandile’s new film, Safe Bet, will be in cinemas on 11 March 2016.

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