Sonto Nhlapo makes a distinctive mark as a key contributor of getting page to picture. Her profession is about unique creativity of styling image and flawless makeup. An exceptional expression of enhancing the cast that portray lead characters.
Creativity is the essence of life and I am blessed with
opportunities to share my passion in realizing vision and
imagination into reality. I embrace the journey of image
creation and enhancement for professional, personal or character wardrobe styling and makeup.
She brings forth experience in film, television, and theatre in the UK, training by the BBC in London and awarded with the BBC Make up training School Diploma.
A natural ‘creator’ who works well when given complete
responsibility, and can be relied upon to respond exceptionally
well under pressure.
She is currently a director of the Sontanne group teamed with Annelie Chanza, offering makeup, catering and event management in the film and television industry. This is when Annelise and Sonto get together and cook up a storm. The distinguished chefs of culinary rhyming together in ‘magnifique’ note!
The team has an impressive 20 years’ experience behind them in the local South African film and television industries and are nationally recognized with a South African Film and Television Award ( SAFTA) nomination for exceptional work done in the film and television industries. They have headed several make-up departments, in various local and popular productions:
- My Perfect Family,
- The Big Break Legacy,
- It’s My Biz
- Quarter Life Crisis
- Cell C
Our professional make-up artists are always on par with new looks and break-throughs,ensuring their techniques are modern and trending. Our event managers and caterers source the freshest produce and ingredients from environmentally-friendly markets, ensuring delicious and fresh food everyday!
What sets Sontanne Group apart from other professionals is a dedication to meeting the client's needs and demands every time! Each client has his/her own expectations. A horror sitcom from a comedy's requirements from the make-up department may vary greatly. Taste buds' may desire Indian cuisine and the next may require African cuisine, all is catered for! Clientele and their guests an exceptional experience, with our high-quality services; superior events, delectable food, and make-up that fit character profiles perfectly. Their ultimate aim is to exceed client requirements and expectations, every time!
Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – Sonto Nhlapo South Africa’s Creator of Beauty beyond borders
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life? Being alive physically healthy and spiritually.
How did you find your passion and how old were you? I was in lower primary school. When I was 11years old, I just discovered I can use chalkboard to beautify my as a powder...which worked wonders.
What about your passion appeals to you the most? When I watch all the jobs I have done on TV and Magazine.
What drove you to make money from your passions? Not easy to answer this one,because I got into the profession out of passion. My passion has to feed me or how else will I survive and end up in all that is not me,if I cant do what I am best at? What drove me is realising how good and passionate about it , creating those beautiful looks on people's faces and earning an award for it!
When was the first time you were paid for your passion? First time was 1997
What kept you going when you thought about giving up? I have never given up with my passion ever!
What motivates you every day to be even more successful? The more I work the more I create wonders with it. I get motivated when my industry is improving and creating more jobs,new products arriving with lots of trends, just growth in it.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you? I can say thank you to them . They helped me to do better,improve myself and keep going
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you? The beginning is not easy but you make sure that today's work will look better than yesterday, practice make perfect, you will get there no matter how tough it can get,just do it for yourself ignore critics, and keep going