AVID. Eronie Bazongere , 44, is a graduate of Business Administration who found passion in theatre drama. She has been acting for the last 29 years. She shares her story with PHIONAH NASSANGA.
When did you become an actor?
Growing up, my family and I used to go to theatre every Sunday to watch Bakayimbira Dramactors. Slowly my love for stage drama grew. However, my father was unhappy about the idea of me joining drama. He opposed it but when I persisted, he allowed. I started acting when I was 16 years old in 1990 with Bakayimbira Dramactors
How did you start out?
I went to Pride Theatre and asked if they needed an actress. I was scheduled for an interview the next day and I passed. There were no hectic auditions then. I got my first acting role with Bakayimbira Dramactors and featured in different theatre plays such as Berejje and Air hostess in Vanessa.
What do you think has changed about the arts industry?
Competition from other sectors is high. The audience is divided between music, comedy and drama. The quality of drama has improved and modernised.
What has been your landmark achievement?
I have travelled to countries such as Sweden, Kenya, and the UK. With my counterparts, we have also performed for President Museveni and the Queen of England. I have featured on BBC talkshows and I have been to numerous festivals around the world.
Have you done anything in line with your profession?
Yes, from 2002 to 2004, I worked as a stock control supervisor in one of the supermarkets in England. From 2010 to 2012, I worked as a salesperson in one of the companies in Uganda but I cannot manage sitting in one place for a long time. Also, the salary was peanuts and we had terrible management.
Which people have you worked with?
I have shared a stage with big names such as Paul Kafeero, Elly Wamala, Charles Senkubuge, Andrew Benon Kibuuka, Alex Mukulu, Abbey Mukiibi, and Alex Wawuyo.
Currently, what are you up to?
I am freelance; I only act when I am called upon. I do radio drama and I drive bridal entourages.
As an actress, what challenges are in the industry?
Unprofessional managers, which entails timekeeping, delayed payment, and getting intimate with fellow actors.
Also, fans tend to be misled by the characters we portray on stage and think it is who we are. This is common when one takes on role that portrays negativity. The costumes are expensive yet the government does not fund the industry.