By Prudence Minayo
Cartoon Actress is a popular Kenyan whose brand of comedy has endeared her to both the young and old. Her journey to becoming a household name has not been an easy one. She has had her own fair share of rejection and hurtful comments that a section of Kenyans seem to thrive on. Despite facing rejection after rejection, she did not give up. She pressed on and continued pursuing her dream. Even the hate comments received in the pursuit of her dreams, have not stopped her from reaching for the sky.
Cartoon Actress shares a lot of her comic videos on YouTube, Facebook and other social media networks. The videos have been well received with thousands of people viewing and liking them. Her journey is an inspiration to many that it doesn’t matter where one comes from, what matters is hard work, persistence and the courage to go for your dreams.
The comedian’s real name is Vanessa Akinyi and she comes from the Suba community.
She was born and raised in Kayole area, Nairobi before moving to Kariobangi. The funny girl was raised by a single mother after her parents separated. Life in the ghetto was not easy as they struggled to make ends meet. There were times when getting food and fees was such a challenge. She is the last born in a family of three children, two boys and a girl. Her older brothers are called Patrick and Ben.
She went to Donholm Primary School before joining Kiambu High School. Vanessa then left Kiambu for Einstein Day School.
Cartoon Actress is yet to pursue further studies. After completing high school, she had to take on odd jobs to enable her meet some basic needs. She would hawk omena on the streets in order to make some cash.
All her friends thought she was funny and encouraged her to join the biggest comedy platform in the country, Churchill Show. She believed it was a good idea and went for the auditions only to be rejected. The first rejection was followed up by a list of other disappointments. This was because she would work, get money to attend audition, only to be rejected in the end. This streak of bad luck went on for almost a year until she finally got her first show. After the show, she attended a series of unsuccessful auditions before getting the second show.
This was followed by other unsuccessful shows before she got a chance to perform a third show. The show was not well received and she got hate comments. Some people thought she did not have what it takes but the vile comments did not stop her. She went on to do a fourth show and was scheduled for a fifth one when the Corona Virus hit and all shows were cancelled.
The determined young lady had started doing short clips and posting them on YouTube. The clips had not garnered a lot of attention but she went on to make more in the wake of Covid-19. She also partnered with the Kenyan comedian and one time ultimate comic winner, Sammy Kioko to shoot an amazing movie. The movie named “Sweet Moyo” would be aired on YouTube and Cartoon acted as Sammy’s wife. It was greatly received and managed garner considerable views. It is a true work of art and is available on Sammy Kioko’s YouTube channel.
When the movie ended, she found herself at a standstill once again. She decided to continue doing the comedy clips. Little by little, the clips continued to garner fame and before she knew it, Cartoon was famous on social media. A lot of people check out her clips on YouTube which are funny and often relatable to many.
Although she has not started making big money, she is definitely on the right track. Fans can only hope that the talented comedian’s star continues to shine even brighter.
The rising star also wishes to continue with stand up comedy and get emcee gigs once people start doing performances. Her advice to young ladies, starting out in the comedy industry, is that they should go for their dreams without listening to the naysayers.
The ‘ina ni effect’ comedian is single and is not interested in getting into a relationship. Sharing her story on ‘Bongo na Jalango’, the funny girl wondered where she would “get the energy to date….stating that she was “I am single forever.”