Interview with Charmaine Bingwa | Commit To Feeling Good “Little Sista”

Regardless of where we come from, there is one thing that, we, all humans have in common – the desire to feel good. We often get too serious about everything which creates an overwhelming feeling of resistance, an indicator of the gap between what we want and the situation we desire to improve. But, is there a way we could feel good while treating subjects that are important to us?! Charmaine Bingwa does it through her new webseries “Little Sista,” which will premiere July 6th on Revry. This multi-talented actress that has also written, produced and directed the webseries, touches the subject of lack of commitment in a world that seems to have endless choices, but in a fun and yet thoughtful way. 


Charmaine Bingwa | Photography by Paul Smith

Introduction

  • Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Charmaine Bingwa?

I’m Charmaine Bingwa and I am an Australian / Zimbabwean actor. I am part creator, part clown and a jack of most trades.

Entertainment Industry 

  • With the expansion of online streaming channels, it seems that many talents have more opportunities now than ever to create and showcase their own projects. Do you think the result of that is people developing a multi-facet professional side in them?

I think you have to be a multifaceted artist nowadays – why wouldn’t you be? It’s so much more interesting. I also think it means work is getting better and edgier because with so much to watch, anything you create really has to command attention or it will disappear into the abyss. I love it, we are getting to see stories that never used to be told and seeing faces we never used to see – it’s SUCH an exciting time!

  • Also, with the vast selection of content the entertainment industry offers today, what do you consider to be a great project to watch?

I love Lady Dynamite and The Handmaid’s Tale – I think they are both boundary-breakers. Maria Bamford is insanely bright and her show makes you laugh and think about things in new ways. The new visual language that has come from the direction in The Handmaid’s Tale is so exciting in terms of what can be accomplished in television.

Acting

  • The upcoming webseries “Little Sista” you have created and where you star as Charmaine will premiere July 6th on Revry. How did the idea of “Little Sista” come about?

I was telling a friend about how I used to mentor someone in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program and he was so surprised and thought it was mind-bendingly hilarious. I really wanted to take his reaction and bottle it for viewers.

  • You also wrote, produced and directed “Little Sista.” Why did you decide to do it all and what have you learned during this experience about yourself?

I never want to have to wait for someone else to give me permission to do something. I’m also really impatient, so if I want to have that attitude, I better get to work! I’m also just lucky I know how to do all those things.

  • What is the message behind “Little Sista” and what are the feelings you aim to evoke in the audience through this webseries?

I guess it is that you can find the love and relationships you desire in the most unexpected places.

And, if you have kids… don’t be a d**k and look after them. And if you are a kid that’s not being looked after – you will find people that love you and you probably have a much more interesting time along the way.

Fragment from the webseries Little Sista | Image Courtesy Charmaine Bingwa
  • Do you resonate with anything that your character Charmaine represents, besides sharing the same name?

Like the character, I’m a very liberated person in real life – but I’m a lot more sensible (most of the time!).

  • On stage, you appeared in many plays around Australia. For your role Ms. Muller in “Doubt: A Parable,” you earned a Sydney Theatre Award and Broadway World nominations for Best Supporting Actress. How can you describe the connection between you and the audience when you are on stage?

I have trouble putting words to it. It’s also the same thing I feel when I’m on stage singing. The best way I can describe it is it’s like I disappear and I start channeling something or someone else. Especially in a role as emotionally raw as that – my job in preparation is simply to make space for something else to take over.

  • In the upcoming film “Nekromancer” you portray Possessed Finnigan. What is your character possessed with?

Without completely spoiling the film, I’m possessed by someone. If I say any more, you’ll want your money back.

  • Now, you can be seen as Summer Akers in the feature film “The Pitch.” It seems to be an amusing character to play, isn’t it?

So amusing! She is OBSESSED with her guru and it’s a recipe or hilarity to ensue.

Music

  • When you are not acting, you play the guitar and sing. What do music and singing add to you on a personal and professional level?

I think your vibration and your energy is what attracts things into your life. So, I sing every chance I get because when I do I feel like champagne bubbles are all over my skin. Being high vibe is a recipe for dopeness in your life! And it’s an amazing jumping off point for acting too.

Charmaine Bingwa | Photography by Paul Smith

Personal

  •    How do you feel your personal and artistic growth interlace?

They are one in the same to me. If I’m having a block creativity – without a doubt I’m stuck somewhere in my personal life. The interlacing is even more heightened in a career, like acting, as you study people and relationships in such a microscopic way. I’m glad though, it means I can’t ignore anything in my personal life unless I don’t want to work!

Life

  • You have been awarded with 2018 Equity Award by the Australian Union. What does this achievement represent to you?

I don’t live for accolades, but I’m an incredibly hard worker so it was really nice to receive that acknowledgment.  I’m so grateful for the MEAA and Foxtel for the life-changing opportunity.

Good Soul

  • Are you involved in any charity or humanitarian organization you would like to mention? If so, which one?

I am involved with the Australian Childhood Foundation – as I believe raising children is the most important thing in the world and if we all focused on it we wouldn’t have half the problems we have today. 90% of people in prison report having a bad childhood, I often wonder how different it could be if they had someone there. I didn’t have the easiest start in life, so I guess I have a lot of empathy for that. It kind of fits in with the theme of Little Sista, and even Last Words now that I think about it.

Close Up

  • The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is “The Essence of a Joyful Living.” How does Joy during the process of creation affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?

I love Joseph Campbell’s saying “follow your bliss.” It’s the truest indicator of the next right step for you. I’ve had to make some decisions in my life that others thought were crazy – but because I’m always trusting my gut, I’m always being lead to the next right thing for me. Also, looking for the joy in everything means you get to have a great time! And you draw other likeminded people with your positivity along the way.

  • When you hear “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words by Abraham Hicks.  What is your take on such a statement?

Firstly, I’m an Abraham Hicks fanatic, so I love this question! I believe this statement with every cell of my body. You literally can be, do and have anything you want. I’m a girl who grew up on an Island with a population of 1,000 and I’m now living in Los Angeles with a great acting career and a streaming a show I made around the world. I know this is only the beginning of what I can be, do and have…


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