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Meet Mphatso Mgangira

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mphatso Mgangira.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
So my story started in college. I attended West Virginia University. I was having an advising meeting to schedule my classes for next semester and my advisor told me to sign up for Theatre 102. I told him not a chance. I had found Theatre 101 not interesting at all. (looking back, its funny how things you don’t value are not interesting at the time). He explained that in Theatre 102 you get to act. I was so against it. So eventually, after 10-15 min (felt like an hour) we agreed that I should put it on my schedule and if I do not like it, then I should drop it. Later that year, I went back to South Africa for winter break and during New Years, I remember my family asking me what I wanted for the next year, like my goal for the year. And I told them I want to find what I want to do for the rest of my life. Because you know being in college sometimes the thing you thought you wanted to do isn’t what you wanted to do). But Little did I know it was going to be acting.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I would not say its been a smooth road. Looking back at certain things now, I think to myself wow that was nothing. I feel like as you get deeper into it and learn more and more, the road does seem like it will get bumpy but If you passed the first ones, the next ones are possible too. The struggles I have found is just how many catch 22s they are. It’s like oh you need this, but you have to have this. But in order to get this you need that. Haha, hope that makes sense.

What else should our readers know?
I am an actor. I do on camera as well as on stage acting.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe the quality needed that is important to my success is to have thick skin. To remember that there is no end goal and every little thing that I do is part of the process, whether it is failing or succeeding. So in that case it’s having a positive mindset regardless of what happens. As well as persevere during tough times. Another very important characteristic in L.A would be to be genuine. So Yeah

– Thick skin
– Positive mindset
– Perseverance
– Genuine

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