Your dreams are valid – Visagie

By Rosalia David

ACTOR, TV presenter, MC, radio anchor and media personality Adriano Visagie who scooped the outstanding performance award for his role in the film ‘Kapana’, has said that the accolade is a true reflection that dreams are valid.

Visagie was recently awarded for his role in the film at the Reelout Queer Film Festival in Canada.

“This means so much to me. It is a reflection that your dreams are valid no matter who you are and where you come from, and it means anything is possible with hard work and determination. I am truly humbled and thankful to my director, Philippe Talavera, who placed me in this position to breathe life into the character,” he said.

Visagie further thanked his mother who he described as his biggest fan and best friend.

“If this was a speech I would shout ‘thank you mommy for who you are in my life’. To every Namibian, never give up on your dreams, remember that it is possible. The award I dedicate to my cast, to the writers of the script, Senga and Mikiros – with the help and assistance of research done by Donovan Majiedt,” he added.

Visagie played the role of George in the 60-minute flick which premiered last year aiming to enlighten locals and film lovers across the world that love does exist and can be found in the most unexpected places.

Asked on his acting background and how the acting bug bit him, Visagie explained that his first role was Joseph in a Christmas play at a young age.

“Subconsciously I’ve never spoken of the times one acted in Christmas plays and growing up in the church I know I would read the verses of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and memorise them in time for the Christmas play until I got the role of Joseph after a few attempts of only landing roles like the three wise men or the animals.”

In 2009, he stepped into the National Theatre of Namibia for the first time as he did English Literate and his final examination was based on two novels, ‘Master Harold and the boys’ and ‘ Animal Farm.‘

When he started dancing at the College of the Arts, he got cast in ‘ Meme Mia’ which landed him his first time on stage followed by his first major role in the acclaimed rendition of Severius Majiedts ‘Lammie Beukes’  and after that, he fell in love with theatre.

“Well, with film, I fell in love with it when I got cast for my role in the award winning film Salute which was shot in 2017 after winning Best Actor in theatre at the NTFA,” he said.

When Visagie is not on stage, he works for First National Bank (FNB) First Rand Group as a banker analyst.

He said, this year, he is honoured and privileged to be the  resident host of the RMB Song Night urging music lovers to tune in as it’s a decade that celebrates Namibian sound.