Lucian Albertyn is a Television | Film | Stage Producer, Director and Creative Manager who has been in the Entertainment Industry for 15 Years, doing shows like #ExpressoMorningShow #AfternoonExpress #PresenterSeachon3 #TropikaIslandOfTreasure #DrMolShow #HecticNine9 and many more.
He’s also an actor who’s been signed with ERM (Emma Ress Management) in Cape Town and MLA (Moonyeenn Lee Associates) in Johannesburg for more than a decade. He has starred in local shows such as #LeagueOfGlory #Isidingo #RhythmCity as well as international hit series #Homeland.
He has danced most of his life and is a Creative Director for many artists, including Amy Jones, to showcase their inner Dance Diva, and has created many shows, concerts and stage performances over the years.
He is also an entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and Managing Director of #IndigoEntertainment and do Lifestyle Events, Stage Productions and Live Concerts.
Q&A with Lucian
Tell us a bit about yourself and what your average day looks like.
An average day in my life consist of waking up 4:15am every single weekday to be at work at 5:00am. And work is a Breakfast Show Called, “Expresso Morning Show“. Once at the studio, my role as Executive Studio Director & Supervising Producer starts. Yes, I’m those titles during the day as well, but more so prominent at studio, because the live show starts at 6:00am and decisions have to be made alongside Layinah Petersen (Show Producer and Technical Director). The show ends at 9:00am and we’re either doing a sponsored pre-record or get ready for a content meeting or go home. When I get home I can unwind and take a little break and rest a bit. I then either have a script to learn or prepare for an audition scheduled by my agents (ERM – Emma Ress Management), if not I attend an event or I just chill at home and prepare guests for the live show the next day.
You work in front of the camera and behind the camera. Which one do you enjoy more and does it help understanding how both sides work?
I was an Actor before working behind the scenes. I studied Professional Acting for Camera at City Varsity (Cape Town Campus) and finished my 3 years with them. I then went on doing some acting in some soapies/movies and lots of Stage work (Dancing included) and a couple of Commercials. I think I have the better deal, because I know both worlds; Infront and Behind the camera… Like Hannah Montana said, “Best of Both Worlds” and I love it. If I had to choose, I would go with Acting. It’s my first Love…
How did your journey in production and film begin?
I was doing (Acting) a Short Film with Director Tim Spring. He knew I loved knowing things and learning while on set. Asking questions like, “Why is the lighting this way or Can I watch back what I just did” stuff like that. And mind you I was fresh out of Varsity. While on the Film set, I heard about this New Breakfast Show starting soon in Cape Town (Expresso) and I kid you not, Director Tim Spring’s daughter Jemma Spring was the Show Producer of the Expresso. I then enquired a month (2nd November 2010) after the show went Live on 4th October 2010 for the first time and started on the 3rd of November 2010. And yes, I started as a runner in the beginning while still acting here and there. I was beyond exhausted, but I loved it… That’s how my journey began.
What is your biggest career highlight so far?
My biggest career Highlight was when Expresso won a SAFTA (South African Film and Television Awards) for best Variety Show.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?
The most enjoyable aspect of my work are the people I get to work with. A bunch of creatives in one space. It’s pure magic. And when leave your job one day, who will you miss the most? It will be the people you worked with, aside from meeting some Local Celebrities/ Amazing Guests/ Doctors/ Artists/ Philanthropists/ Authors/ Motivational Speakers etc. Oh, and the occasional International Stars.
What keeps you focused and inspired?
I’ve always had a drive to succeed. And what keeps me focused, is my will not to fail. Yes, failure is important for growth, and I’ve felt it before and I’m not planning on feeling again, anytime soon. And what inspire me are my parents. My parents are self-made people. And I was there, with my two brothers, right with them on their journey of business, as a child seeing their sacrifices and determination to succeed, and they did. They are my inspiration…
How do you think we can grow the creative industry and bring African content to the world?
I think by starting to see the stories of everyone. Every single person has a story to tell and yet we don’t listen/see or give a chance. If we can’t conquer our own industry by opening it up to South Africans or Africans, why do we think the world will open up for us? Conquer your land before someone else’s… Period. More creative workshops should be held. I’m busy doing that exact thing. People need to stop being scared and come forth with their talents. Our dances/moves and music has reached the world like a plaque and that’s impressive. They see us, yet don’t really know us. But we are moving in the right direction. It’s just our film and television side need to get more out there. We can rely on the internet and social media to get our stories out there. But not everyone is tech savvy. What we actually need is an International Network Channel. Like a CBS or CW or FOX. Then we can talk again. Investors are y’all ready…
With FAME Week Africa being hosted in the Mother City, what do you love about Cape Town?
What I love most about Cape Town, is the diversity we have. We are literally a rainbow nation in one road/street, and I love it. Yes, we have crazy weather (all 4 seasons in one day) sometimes, yet we live and let be. Cape Town has so many things to offer. The best beaches, the best vineyards, and the best mountains. And lots of incredible restaurants and activities to do. We have everything and the people when they’re not drunk (lol) are the best and friendliest. Yes, I say it like it is… But that’s what makes us as Africans so unique. We have so many cultures and religions in one place. And we have to tap into that… We are the Story.
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