Susana has always used her skills to help others achieve their dreams; whether its producing films, helping underprivileged children or interviewing local and international personalities to share their knowledge. Susana’s passion to serve is clear.
At 19 years of age, Susana’s leadership and creative qualities were first noticed by industry professionals. She had worked her way up from being a TV set runner to producing and directing her first insert for “The Breakfast Club” on SABC3. After a short stint as a Creative Director’s assistant she was offered a position as Creative Director. Susana used this as opportunity to better equip herself and went on to study at AFDA, specializing in acting and directing. She graduated with her honours degree with honors in all her subjects. Head hunted while still studying, her first directing job was for an event honoring one of her heroes, Nelson Mandela.
Since then Susana has worked in almost every aspect of the creative industry, from make-up artistry to photography to acting, creative directing, producing, directing, theatre, production design and more, both on and off the camera. Some of her credits include acting on both stage and film in the international mini-series Diamonds to local appearances in films and TV series such as Jack Nimble, Bakgat 2, Isidingo, One Way and For Sale. She acted in and produced the feature films Night Drive and Irish co-production The Good Man, the films were released both locally and internationally. She also produced, Soccer South of the Umlilo, which was aired during the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South African NuMetro cinemas.
Susana also had her own successful radio show called “The Susana Kennedy Show” on 2oceansvibe radio geared at inspirion, motivation, celebration and innovation. She interviewed local and international personalities from human behavioral specialist Dr. John Demartini to rapper MC Hammer to motivational speaker Robin Banks and British entrepreneur Greg Secker. She also interviewed various South African musicians, sports personalities, entrepreneurs, comedians and film makers, all of them with a few things in common – a deep passion and the ability to inspire and transform people’s lives.
Susana’s drive to constantly be the best version of herself coupled with her passion to help others underlies all of her projects with a “pay it forward” aspect. She has worked on anti-poaching adverts, arranged collection of supplies for underprivileged communities, supported various woman empowerment organizations, and currently has two charity projects that she supports and feels very passionate about: Phakam community in Gugulethu, for which Susana is a board member, is a community project that aims to nourish, uplift and empower the Gugulethu community through its feeding schemes, educational programs, abuse support programs and upskilling programmes; the second charity is called “Sunshine Sanctuary and is a transformational rescue and rehabilitation center for animals in the Plettenberg Bay area.
During this time Susana has worked with other expert speaking in producing online courses and content and assisting them with their brand image, all in the name of assisting people in realizing their full potential and living better lives. Susana, believes that through all that she has experienced she has so much to share and is excited to continue on this ever evolving journey called life.
On the 5th of November 2016, Susana will finally launch her own course on “Love, Health & Happiness.” In this course Susana tells her story and shares her experience of what has assisted her in overcoming her three greatest challenges, self-love, healing the body, mind and soul and discovering true happiness.”