Kavesan Pillay (Glenwood 2010) passion for the dramatic arts began back in Hillary Primary School when he first began speech and drama. In his years at Glenwood High School, he furthered this passion through extramural drama, debating and public speaking – taking advantage of the opportunities afforded to him via interschool competitions like the Best Speaker Competition and Forum Discussions, as well as participating in the Toastmasters programme where he received the awards for Best Chairman and Best Speech. These foundational skills would later prove invaluable as Kavesan went on to build a successful side business and career as a voice actor and event MC.
As a freelance voice-over artist for eight years, Kavesan has been honing his craft from his humble days at @uct.ac.za, where he studied toward his Bachelor of Business Science Honours majoring in Marketing after he matriculated in 2010. While studying, Kavesan enrolled at the campus radio station to gain real-world, practical marketing experience to complement his studies. Here is where he discovered the art of voiceovers and soon moved from campus radio to a DIY home studio in his garage storeroom back in his Durban hometown. Here he now specialises in commercials and corporate narrations for major brands like @MakroSA, @TekkieTown, @UnileverZA, @ToysRUs.SouthAfrica, @discoverysouthafrica, and even overseas brands in the US and UK such as Facebook and Spotify. All this while holding down a full-time day job as a corporate brand manager.
All along, Kavesan’s childhood dream has been to grace the world stage lending his vocal talents both to performing animation characters in Hollywood (given his penchant for creative voices, accents, and impressions) and even to promoting global brands and causes that help make a REAL impact in people’s lives. Now that dream is one step closer to reality as Kavesan has been selected to represent South Africa in New York City at the @IMTAmodelsandtalent Convention in July 2022 – the largest talent showcase in the world! Here, he will perform in front of 300+ agents and producers from major film studios. This is after Kavesan secured a personal call-back at the Johannesburg-based International Arts Talent Showcase (IATS) in September 2019 for performing in the Acting talent category, in front of #rhavynndrummercasting (Casting Director of @tylerperrystudios ) and @thejoeyhunter (former President of Ford Talent Management). Due to the COVID pandemic of 2020 when his leg of IMTA was initially intended, Kavesan’s plans for international exposure were postponed. However, his light never dimmed and his resolve saw him pursue more opportunities to sharpen his skills ahead of his renewed entry into the 2022 competition. A testimony to his persistent nature, that was ingrained into him during his younger high school days through the school’s unofficial mantra of “Stand back for none, gentlemen!
Good luck to Kavesan, a remarkable home-grown talent that will be representing Mzansi and Glenwood overseas.