Gao Lemmenyane

I am a theatre practitioner, performer, director and voice-over artist and arts administrator.



Tell us about you and how you would you describe your "art"?
I am a theatre practitioner, performer, director and voice-over artist and arts administrator.

Where are you based?
Gaborone, Botswana.

How long have you been making "art" and how did you get started?
I have been making art for the past 21 years.

Do you come from an artistic background?
No, I am the only stupid one who ventured into the world of the unknown.

What inspires you? What are your influences (Who or What)?
I am influenced by hard workers. My biggest role models are people who come from humble beginnings who are successful. People who did not allow circumstances, background or their socio-economic background to define them.

What is your most proud accomplishment so far?
Helping 3 people chart a life and career for themselves when they felt life was not worth living. Recently, being able to help a talented young man realise a dream of entering an institution of higher learning when all social odds were stacked against him. I'm very proud of that.

What are your tools for creating?
my imagination.

What sets you apart from the others?
I see people as individuals capable of achieving whatever they set their mind on.

Where are you trying to end up? (5 year plan?)
I want to be in the forefront of the creative arts industry contributing to Botswana's GDP and economic diversification.

What are your favorite things in life so far?
family, honest.

If we gave you P1M what would you do with it?
pay off my debt.

Any advice for people trying to do what you do?
put in the hours, build networks especially at the beginning when you are trying to establish yourself, then you have back up and support, only thereafter will you be able to demand to be paid what you are worth.

Where can people buy/get a hold of your work?
I stage work at Maitisong, I have done some television commercials, but I am still lying low, doing behind the scenes work before a major explosion and expose of local talent.

Any thanks or shout outs?
A word of caution to wanna be celebrities in Botswana. Don't pay for auditions guys.

Tell us about you and how you would you describe your "art"?
I am a theatre practitioner, performer, director and voice-over artist and arts administrator.

Where are you based?
Gaborone, Botswana.

How long have you been making "art" and how did you get started?
I have been making art for the past 21 years.

Do you come from an artistic background?
No, I am the only stupid one who ventured into the world of the unknown.

What inspires you? What are your influences (Who or What)?
I am influenced by hard workers. My biggest role models are people who come from humble beginnings who are successful. People who did not allow circumstances, background or their socio-economic background to define them.

What is your most proud accomplishment so far?
Helping 3 people chart a life and career for themselves when they felt life was not worth living. Recently, being able to help a talented young man realise a dream of entering an institution of higher learning when all social odds were stacked against him. I'm very proud of that.

What are your tools for creating?
my imagination.

What sets you apart from the others?
I see people as individuals capable of achieving whatever they set their mind on.

Where are you trying to end up? (5 year plan?)
I want to be in the forefront of the creative arts industry contributing to Botswana's GDP and economic diversification.

What are your favorite things in life so far?
family, honest.

If we gave you P1M what would you do with it?
pay off my debt.

Any advice for people trying to do what you do?
put in the hours, build networks especially at the beginning when you are trying to establish yourself, then you have back up and support, only thereafter will you be able to demand to be paid what you are worth.

Where can people buy/get a hold of your work?
I stage work at Maitisong, I have done some television commercials, but I am still lying low, doing behind the scenes work before a major explosion and expose of local talent.

Any thanks or shout outs?
A word of caution to wanna be celebrities in Botswana. Don't pay for auditions guys.




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