TV, radio presenter and emcee Leigh-Anne Williams, best known for co-hosting the Expresso Show on SABC3, as well as hosting her own radio show – Lunch with Leigh-Anne – on Good Hope FM, is this year celebrating 12 years in the media and entertainment industry. With a captivating smile and a more than confident demeanour, Williams consistently carves out her own path in the world of entertainment and is a true inspiration for our cover.
Tell us about your journey from recruitment to media and entertainment.
I worked in recruitment for 8 years at UWC and Stellenbosch University respectively. During my time at UWC, I arranged a career expo for 20 000 learners in the Western Cape and ended up doing radio interviews to promote the event. That is where I fell in love with radio. A year later I pursued a radio opportunity and 3 years later Expresso came along.
You value staying in peak physical shape any tips for us mere mortals?
Lol, it’s a never ending journey. You literally have to take it moment by moment. You can’t plan too far ahead because the moment you’re in right now is what matters the most. You just have to try and make good choices every day. And on days that you don’t, just pick it up the next day.
How do to manage your busy life whilst still managing ‘self-care’?
Self-care is what makes managing my life possible. I have to take time out from time to time. I haven’t been very good with that in the past. But in 2018, it became a priority and now it’s a mantra I live by.
Describe the best and worst moment of your career.
Best moment: Strictly Come Dancing! Hands down. Wow, what an experience. That competition seriously changed me and addressed the biggest fears and insecurities I had! I have never felt so empowered in my life! Worst: Not winning:)
Any valuable life lessons you can impart to a young actor starting out?
There is no time limit to making your dreams come true. But you have to put in the work. Make sure you are the best at what you do, and that only comes with practice. Take any and every opportunity you can to grow and excel.
Tell us more about Strictly Come Dancing. Have you always loved to dance?
I have always loved dance. I used to do spiritual dancing as a child. It was possibly the best experience of my life. It pushed me in ways I never thought it could.