Who is Duan Wanty?
I am a dreamer. A romanticist. A seeker of truth in all things. I yearn for beautiful human connections and I ask the questions that I never get answers for. I believe that we live two lives; a spiritual one and a human one, and the ultimate goal is to find the balance. I freakin’ love life; the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly.
I am 29 [so close to 30], I studied BA Drama at the University of Pretoria so by profession; I am an actor but I have now decided to call myself a ‘creative freelancer’ [for lack of a better title]. What this basically means is that I am still working on what I believe is my calling; which is telling stories, but that I have the desire to develop as many other skills as I can. I’m still in my twenties for a few more days, I am allowed to say: “Im still figuring it all out.”
What is your best childhood memory?
I was 11 years old and had entered the National Arts Competition performing a monologue about this boy whose handwriting was poor and illegible – one day in his room he dreamt about all the things he could do that did not require him to have the best handwriting. It was magical, because in that moment at the ripe age of 11, I fully grasped that the world was full of possibilities and that I wanted my life to be a testament to that statement. I was going to live my best life – and I still am. 😉
If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?
Ask me again when I am 40. Haha.
Right now, I could not imagine, not even one thing, to be different than it is or has been. Living a life with no regrets is my one true aspiration. So maybe, the only thing I would “do-over” is to approach every single thought, challenge and idea I had with less fear than I initially did. Fear holds us back. Period. Knowing and admitting to your fears is what will give you the power to triumph over them.
What do you feel most proud of?
It took me years to achieve this – and I still struggle with it every now and again but it’s definitely having the ability to trust my gut. It has taken me to the most wonderful places, provided me with the most rewarding relationships and contributed to all the achievements in my life. Doing your work spiritually is a gift that keeps on giving. We all possess that inner voice or ‘gut feeling’ or call it what you may – that can guide you if you let it. The challenge is listening.
If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be and why?
My journal, my phone and my passport. That way I can travel the world, write about all the wonderful things and still stay in touch with my loved ones. Simple.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
He lived. He loved. He did it all.
What is Gogglebox?
I am currently working as a casting researcher on this show called Gogglebox. It’s bizarre, but awesome. It’s a reality show where the viewer watches people, watch television. It’s popular in the UK and currently on the 6th season and it’s coming to South Africa. When I first read bout this project I thought that something like this will never work, I mean how could it? But what it has taught me is that South Africans, regardless of where we are economically, politically and spiritually have one thing in common; we genuinely care about our country and it’s people and where we are going. You are not alone in the way you think about South Africa. We still looking for awesome candidates to participate and people can visit blbc.co.za/gogglebox for more information.
What’s your favorite kind of coffee, brew method or coffee origin?
I have always enjoyed a good cappuccino, always frothy with loads of sugar – and then I stopped taking sugar in any of my preferred coffee drinks and it was that decision that opened up the whole world of coffee for me. In my opinion you can only really taste the coffee without sugar [sometimes even without milk too]. I don’t have a favourite coffee origin, I try everything. If I like it, I will buy it again. Everything deserves a chance. 😉
In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?
In Jozi I usually end up having my coffee at home. It feels like I make more of an effort to go and sit and have good coffee when I am in Cape Town. Don’t ask me why. But then you will definitely find me at Truth but especially Shift Espresso Bar – I love the vibe, the people and the food. It’s like my little home away from home.
What does a perfect day look like?
Waking up in a foreign city, in a high-rise apartment building and sipping my favourite coffee on the balcony [feet up, of course] while I watch the sunrise and feel the energy of the day accumulate. Take a jog in a park, eat a healthy breakfast and write my thoughts. I am not one for too much routine, so the rest of the day would have to be where the wind takes me. Whether it’s meeting a friend and having a deep meaningful conversation or going on a small adventure somewhere unsuspecting, it could even end up being just me watching a favourite show the whole day or reading a book. The perfect days are those you have not planned at all.