Raymond Motadi is well known as MON_D THE QUEER SUPERHERO by their supporters . They were born on the 19th of November 1995 in kalefong hospital in Pretoria Atteridgeville but they grew up in rural Limpopo in a small village called Kauletsi. In 2011 they enrolled at The National School of the arts to study Dramatic studies and while studying at the art school, they directed and wrote two plays that both got nominations and awards in festivals.
They got an opportunity to be part of Hugh Masekela’s musical production called Songs Of Migration which was performed at the Joburg Theatre. They graduated at the National School of the Arts with a distinction in Dramatic arts. They enrolled at the Tshwane University of Technology to study musical theatre where they later graduated with four distinctions and a National Diploma in 2016. In 2015, they hosted the Dalro Scholarship competition at the Market Theatre. They scooped their first T.V presenting gig on an online channel owned by the city of Tshwane called wifi T.V.
They hosted a show called Ko Bioskopong which led to them to their first national Television presenting gig with sabc3 on a show called Talent On Track. They launched an organisation while studying called Rainboukidz which focused on queer to queer peer education. They were a Tshwane Speak out loud poet 2016 semi- finalist. Talent on Track launched them into bagging another T.V show on S.A.B.C 2 called Cave Quest. In 2018 they were assistant director for the Duma Ndlovu Academy.
They received a production certificate after completing the etv (e-media) production workshop in 2018. They also script wrote for Talent On Track and have a passion for writing and directing. They composed a song for a theatre dance production at the State Theatre. They are the owner and founder of Mond Motadi Productions which is a tv and film production company with a Queer mandate. They are the owner of The Queer Superhero Movement and Rainboukidz.org.
They wrote a queer short film titled Feminine lotus for the youth writers NFVF competition. Feminine lotus won an award at the WRPN women’s international film festival in 2020 and in 2021 won best romance short film at SRFA CANNES silk road film awards. Raymond is starring in an etv film called Surviving Gaza for etv’s streaming platform called evod. MonD launched The Queer Superhero You-tube talk show which is a safe space for all members of the LGBTIQ+ Community from all walks of life. Mond Motadi is an LGBTIAQ+ Activist . They have just registered an NPO Called Dare To Be Queer , which will be dedicated to assisting Queer people in underprivileged areas in Limpopo as well as create The first Media Pride of Limpopo. Raymond is building a media empire.
- How did your journey in the industry begin?
my journey in the industry began when I started hosting events at 19 and I studied at the national school of the arts. i got my first tv break when I hosted Talent on Track on sabc 3 and again cave Quest on Sabc 2 as a presenter at the age of 21 years old.
2. What and who inspires you?
I am inspired by many people, primarily queer activists such as Dr Bev Ditsie , Simon Nkoli, Edwin camera, and Oprah Winfrey . A lot of my work is inspired by queer people and their lived experiences.
3. How can we support or be an ally to the LGBTQ community?
There are many people who aspire to be allies to the community but I believe that a true ally is someone who understands and empathises with the lived realities of queer people to an extent of being able to defend them when they are not present in the room.
4. What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently running my production company Mond Motadi productions which produces The Queer Superhero Show as well as campaigns with Brands bringing them closer to the LGBTQIA+ community.
5. What is your favourite thing about what you do?
My favourite thing about what I do is that I get to tell Queer stories that not only change people's lives but creates visibility for people who were marginalised for so long.
6. What is your best career highlight so far?
My best career highlight has to be starring in Surviving Gaza on evod and winning two awards for my queer short film, feminine lotus.
7. If you could give some advice to someone in the LGBTQ community and starting their career in the creative industries what would it be?
The best thing you can do for yourself is to choose yourself and to be authentic as you navigate this industry.
8. How do you think we can grow the creative industry and bring African content to the world?
I believe that we can bring African stories to the world by ensuring that we are intentional about our narratives and focus on ourselves rather than borrowing from the west, we must trust in the power of our narratives. We can grow this industry by ensuring that we provide opportunities to storytellers all across Africa especially to youth in underprivileged areas in Africa.
9. Tell us a little bit about why you love Cape Town – The host city for FAME Week Africa.
Last year was my first time being on a plane and visiting Cape Town, we take a lot of things for granted as people so what I truly appreciated about Cape town was how majestic it looks and I truly believe that every South African deserves to see Cape Town, it is the beauty of our land. Cape town has incredible sunsets and I truly can't wait to experience it again soon.
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