She was just about ready to give up. After months of searching, going door to door, and audition to audition with no success, she started thinking maybe it’s time to pack it all up and move back to KwaZulu-Natal.

Then Precious Ngidi (23) got her big break. She’s now working on her first TV role as Ntombi Shezi on e.tv’s Isipho, alongside legend Nimrod Nkosi.

ALMOST GIVING UP

After three months of going to auditions in Johannesburg, Precious had had enough. Nothing was coming her way and the youngster decided she was heading back home to be with her family. The money she’d moved to Johannesburg with and that was to sustain her until she got a job was also running out fast.

On the day she was to head home, the drama and production graduate had one last audition which she was referred to by a friend. “I went to the audition knowing that this was my last because I had given up. After the audition, I took a bus back to Durban.

Two days later, to my surprise, I got a callback. I had to catch a bus back to Joburg and headed back home thereafter. A few weeks later I was called again but this time I was told not to prepare anything. In my mind that sounded like I had gotten the role but I kept calm until I was told officially,” she says. side by side with big names such as Nimrod Nkosi who plays her father and her on-screen mother, Xoli Zondi.

“From time to time I ask Nimrod if I am doing well or if there is any area that needs improvement because he’s been in the game for so long. He always tells me to calm down and do what I need to do, and I’ll figure it out as I go. I am grateful to be working around such experienced actors.”

GROWING UP A SAD CHILD

When she was nine, Precious lost her mom and had to live with her father, something that took a bit of adjusting. Precious describes herself as a sad child. “I grew up living with my late mom and my two siblings.

My dad didn’t live too far from my house and was always involved in my life. Because my siblings and I don’t share the same dad, when my mom passed away I was taken away from them to live with my father,” she explains. “Even though they were not so far away, I missed them. I also missed having conversations with my mom when I came back from school.

I honestly felt a little bit depressed and as a child, it’s not something you can speak out about. I felt that I needed to impress my dad all the time. He wanted good grades, me to do my chores and behave. Fathers are not always as sensitive as moms, but this doesn’t take away the fact that he was a good father and took care great care of me,” she says.

Precious takes pride in the fact that she was always a priority in her father’s life. “My dad didn’t get married until I was 18, and before that, it was just him and I. Today I have a step-mom and a baby brother whom I have a good relationship with.” She sees getting the job as a personal miracle. “I was excited and shocked at the same time.” The hard work began when she got on set, and Precious was extremely nervous. The young actress wasn’t sure if she was getting things right and it didn’t help that she was working