Former YoTV star, Lara Lipschitz has won the award as best actress for her role in the web series Chin Up!.
The series started almost exactly 4 years ago Lipschitz tells the Argus.
“The first episode was published on YouTube on the 19th of November 2013. It started as a once off video just to be creative and proactive. I love comedy and I wanted to make something that would showcase that side of me,” she explained.
Growing up on television Lara has featured in a number of South African soapies including Isidingo and has also acted alongside headline Hollywood stars such as Idris Elba and Daniel Radcliffe.
When asked about how she feels about winning the award she said: “I’m so excited and honoured. The standard of all the nominees was so high. It’s incredible and so validating to know that South Africa can compete internationally. It’s a real dream come true.”
Lipschitz further explained how the series was put together. “I use material from my own experiences as an actress going to castings and often finding myself in ridiculous and awkward situations,” she said.
The award, however wasn't the only element to her achievement. Lipschitz described her stay in New York as magical and surreal. “It has always been a dream of mine to come to New York with a project. I felt like I was in a movie the whole time.”
As encouragement to aspiring creatives Lipschitz started off by saying that she knew the webshow wasn't going to be completely perfect as she started out on zero budget. “I believe you just have to be brave and put yourself out there because you learn and grow that way,” she said.
The show still has to go into pre-production for season 3. In the meantime you can catch Lipschitz in Tali’s Wedding Diary as Gabi, which is a brand new comedy for Showmax starting mid December.