Hans Strydom started his freelance career in radio and amateur theatre in Durban in 1969 whilst in full time employment of the Department of Justice as state prosecutor. After various transfers and promotions, he ended up in Justice Head Office, Pretoria as magistrate, still continuing his freelance career with radio and amateur theatre in Pretoria and Johannesburg. He landed many lead roles in Afrikaans movies during the 70’s. With the event of TV in 1976, the work offers became so much that he had to resign from Justice and he became a full time freelancer.
In 2000 repeat broadcasts became the order of the day. The SABC refused to pay all actors repeat fees, claiming it was only for PAWE members. Hans grouped a few of actors together and challenged the SABC in the High Court. After two years, the SABC realised their mistake, threw in the towel and started paying repeat fees.
Since then Hans has been assisting actors and writers in claiming their repeat fees. Hans is a founder member of SAGA.