A Parow resident recently joined the international stage of acting after appearing in a new drama series on Netflix, Blood & Water.
This achievement for Alzavia Abrahams is a huge milestone after being casted as one of the new faces for season 2. “It has been blowing up across multiple continents, and named Top 10 globally after four days of being aired,” he told TygerBurger recently.
Abrahams says he hopes his achievements will help inspire those who also dream about working in the entertainment industry, or those in general that have a dream to pursue.
Abrahams worked in a call-centre a year ago before deciding to resign in September 2020, after working nearly three years in the field.
“I took a leap of faith and left my job during the Covid-19 pandemic to pursue my dream as an actor. By the grace of God, I got my big break in acting and today I get to see myself being viewed 77 million times outside of South Africa.
“I took a leap of faith, I stepped out of my comfort zone and sacrificed money and stability, to pursue my God given purpose. If it was not for God’s visions and dreams that he gave me, I would have never been able to have the courage to leave my job.
“I walked by faith and not by sight,” Alzavia explains.
He says it has always been a lifelong dream, since the age of nine years, to pursue a career in acting. “I always knew I enjoyed it, but only later in my life I realised that it is a talent I was born with.”
Being casted for the drama series, which first aired on 20 May 2020, was a big step in his career.
“I was a big fan of the show, but after watching a few episodes of it, I stopped watching. I stopped because I kept asking myself why am I not part of this show, most people watch a good series and just enjoy watching it, but a part of me wanted to be amongst the cast so badly.
“It was not my primary goal to be in the show specifically, because even I knew I was asking a bit too much from God to bless me with that kind of opportunity. So it was one of the best feelings in the world. Just pure happiness,” he told the newspaper.
He plays the role of the character Zayd, partnering up with Reece (Greteli Fincham) and Pauline (Katishka Kiara) to cause all kinds of mischief in Parkhurst High.
His advice to other youngers is clear and simple: “My advice to aspiring actors is to be patient. Some wait longer than others, and some give up because it is taking too long.
“It is also important that you know whether acting is for you or not. I knew acting was my gift when I realised how much joy I can bring to people’s faces when performing in front of a crowd. But to all in general who have a dream to be something, it is just a matter of stepping out of your comfort zone, taking that leap of faith. Society always wants you to think what you dream of is unrealistic. It is better to aim for the stars and miss than to not aim at all. So just have faith and walk with God in all your plans.”
His future plan is be the most influential actor he can be in the industry, he says.
“I do not chase fame, but I chase influence so that I can inspire others to pursue their dream, it is what God wants me to do, to be successful and pass it on.”
His future in acting also seems to be rosy. “My big project up next? I cannot really say because it is very confidential, all I can say is, keep your televisions switched on,” Alzavia says.