Zama Ngcobo is no stranger when it comes to working in media. She got a head start in her career when she became a continuity presenter for SABC 1 in 2007. Since then she’s aspired for more and hasn’t looked back, landing a role as a radio DJ for Ukhozi FM and most recently appearing on South Africa’s biggest soapie, Generations, as Tabitha Morris.
Zama is thrilled to be a part of the Top 10 and is grabbing the opportunity with both hands.
“I have a passion for the media,” she says. “Presenting comes naturally to me, and I’d love to grow in this medium. Top Billing is the epitome of what one aspires to in this business. It’s in a league of its own and I’m keen to learn the art of presenting.”
Zama’s down-to-earth personality and driven nature is sure to make her one to watch in this competition.
Sneak-Peek for Week 5:
Zama's Fashion Show experience:
Sneak-Peek for Week 4:
Week 3 Judge's comments:
Zama's Celebrity Interview insert:
Sneak-Peek for Week 3:
Zama N's travel insert:
Zama N's link and judges comments for Task 2:
Zama N says:
Week 1: On her makeover experience: "'When, where and how' were my first thoughts after hearing we were going to get a makeover. A lot of people have this misconception that makeovers are for ugly people, but all I was thinking was “how fast can we get this done?”
On the mock elimination: “You truly have to be a part of the competition to understand the nerves and fear of being in that position. It was hard and we had made friendships already. It's a competition, but you're friends and it would be really tough to see people go.”
Week 2: On the Knysna task: “Where do I begin? It was a triple whammy for me, as I got to tick off three of my greatest dreams in one go. Firstly, to go to Knysna, secondly to bungy jump and thirdly to play golf. Playing golf was really humiliating for me as it was my first time, but I was glad to have the opportunity and as they say, “practice makes perfect!”
Week 3: On the interview challenge: "It was a really great challenge and it caught me off guard, but it's a wonderful tool to use. It tests how well-prepared you are and how well you can manage disaster situations during an interview."
On the interview itself: "One thing I struggled with was where do you draw the line between being respectful and maintaining the interview? Ashish answered his phone during the interview and from the judges comments I learnt that I have the right to take over; I get a limited time to interview the person so they need to give me their full attention. You need to be prepared for any situation, because you just never know and I didn't expect the interview to go that way."
On interview celebrities: "You've got to realise that they are human and there is no need to place them in such a high place. There has got to be an exchange of respect and an exchange of communication. I didn't have the confidence during my interview. I've learnt now to own the interview and to be able to handle, as well as applying my personality to it."
Week 4: On the fashion show: "It was a new, but exciting experience for me and I enjoyed it immensely. My favourite part was wearing the bikini. I took our director, Lars' advice on day one when he said to all of us "Go to gym". I think it looked alright. Backstage everything was crazy, we were trying to get ready, put makeup on, interview people and then prepare ourselves for the actual fashion show. It was an unusual experience because usually you do one thing at a time, but for the fashion show, everything had to be done at the same time. At one point I was putting on earrings while talking to camera."
Week 5: On the adventure challenge: "I got rock climbing, which is something I've never done and when I arrived at the venue, I looked at the wall and thought 'How hard can this be?' I do yoga, so I have that stretching ability. Before I went up, I had perfectly manicured nails and by the time I came down, they were destroyed! It was a strange and difficult experience but I enjoyed it. All the tasks so far have been something that I've never done before and it's been great. More than anything I've learnt endurance and persistance. I had to deliver a link while climbing the wall. You have to be focused, steady and stable. You need to know how to multitask."