[LISTEN] Inside the real-life dramas 'behind-the-scenes' of the acting industry

To an outsider it may seem like one of the most glamorous industries on the planet.

Lights, camera, action! It's all in a day's work for actors and those in the entertainment sector.

But, those who make their living in front of the camera say all is not what it seems.

On Tuesday, Azania Mosaka spoke to Isidingo star Jack Devnarain and South African Actors Guild (Saga) Secretary Carlynn de Waal-Smit to find out about what goes on behind the scenes.

Devnarain says there are a number of issues of concern to actors, including safety on set, payment issues and sexual harassment in the industry.

We are left wondering what on earth are we to do, to get people in our industry to take the plight of the actors seriously.

Jack Devnarain, actor

Earlier this year the death of actor Odwa Shweni on the set of a movie cast the spotlight onto the safety of actors and crew while filming.

Shweni slipped and fell from a cliff at the Sterkspruit Waterfall in the Drakensberg.

READ:70% of women feel uncomfortable in the film and TV industry - SWIFT

Meanwhile historical Zulu drama Uselwa has had its fair share of high drama, with actors left stranded and kicked out of a hotel they were staying at in KwaZulu- Natal.

The cast and crew refused to leave until payment they were due were paid in full. The shoot was ultimately stopped amidst claims of abuse and embezzlement of production funds.

De Waal-Smit says the South African Guild of Actors (Saga) was established in 2009 because actors were being exploited.

A couple of people got together and realised that unless we come together as actors, there is no way that our voices can be heard.

Carlynn de Waal-Smit, Saga Secretary

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