Speaking at one of the Nedbank Talks for Success, Nomzamo says she wasn’t getting paid enough for the work she was putting in.
“First year at Isibaya I earned peanuts, but I was working hard. Most months my bank account was in a minus,” Nomzamo said to a shocked crowd. The Isibaya actress joked how she’d go to events knowing she didn’t even have a ‘black cent’ in her bank account but still walked like she had it.
“I was underpaid but I was overworked. The problem was there was a demand for this new girl (herself), ‘we want to book her for this’ but she was not available,” Nomzamo said. “The value of my time was undervalued. I couldn’t go out there and compensate the money I was losing out on.”
Nomzamo says it was only when she took a year off Isibaya to shoot her movie ‘Tell Me Sweet Something” and TV drama “Umlilo” that she understood the value of her time.
“Me just sitting here is costing me a good R35 000 and the opportunity cost and the marginal activity was not balancing. “I went back to Isibaya and I said, ‘to compensate me for my time for me to say no to another gig, this is what I think my time is worth’,” she told the cheering crowd.