Antoine Allen started messaging me through Facebook and so we started talking.
It was also great to talk to him and listen to some of the advice he offered. He is someone who started from the bottom and worked his way up. He recently premiered his debut feature, 'Life Is Too Short' and I was able to follow the photos of the premier and interviews on Facebook.
After this I also added several South African filmmakers on my Facebook and now I am able to see what work they are doing every day.
It was also nice to see which of these filmmakers won awards at the annual SAFTAs (South African Film and TV Awards) which took place this March.
This experience as a whole has helped me to be more aware of what is going on in the industry and seeing other people post their work is a good way to learn and motivate myself. It also shows the power that social media has and the opportunities it offers that past generations did not have. The existence of such communication between the artist and audience has a great effect on the world - on future artists and the future art of existing artists.
Mentorship is an excellent way for young artists to learn and gain experience, and social media does offer great opportunities for such relationships.