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Meet Silas Mwenda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Silas Mwenda.

Silas, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m an actor and an Afro-fusion singer. Afro-fusion is a genre of music incorporating African sounds and western sounds. I was born in Kenya, Africa. I started being on stage when I was around six years old in my church and in school. I always loved doing my own versions of plays in front of an audience who always encouraged me a lot. Acting was the best way I could express myself and also have fun as a kid. You know I don’t have many kids toys growing up. When I joined both joined high school and my university education, I got appointed as the school head of drama student. We could always arrange many school English literature set books into plays which made our learning easier including participating in inter schools drama festivals where we always scooped many awards. Upon completing school, I joined a public theatre group where we did a lot of traveling every weekend. I moved to the USA from Kenya around five years ago and felt a great hunger for me to pursue what I’ve always loved to do. It was not very easy but recently, I got signed to Lincoln Talent Agency, a film and commercial agency managed by Wendy and Elgin Cahil. So far I’ve been able to attend many auditions including booking and featuring in films: To Be You, Our Souls At Night, Innocent man, Love Lily, and our new film Ryde or Die which is available on HBO and Amazon prime.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
To be honest, it was not a smooth road at all just like the rest of immigrants but am grateful I pulled through. I’ve had my fair share of mountains to climb and valleys to cross. But with the love and passion for the game here am standing stronger than ever. Finding my foot in the industry here was a bit challenging. As an outsider, I had to learn from the scratch especially connecting with the industry players. Another challenge was not getting roles that suit me. You know I am black but am not African American. From the mention of my name, the way I speak, behave, reason it’s different. I am from a different culture and it’s ok. Its unfortunate most scripts/casting don’t have many roles for minority people like me. We tend to be overlooked. I know Hollywood was not designed or created for people like me but inclusion is very important, so at least we can be able to tell our diverse stories as well and impact the world around us. We need a good stage as well. Things are slowly changing and I am hoping it will get there.

It’s always  very discouraging that the few  roles available for young black male  like me are very miserable and not inspiring at all..from burglar,Hoodlum,homeless,gangster,.Roles created for young black men like me are not happy roles.They are very sad and  stereotypical.Television and world of cinema plays a huge part on people’s thoughts.It creates a very permanent picture on people mind in real life which is hard to erase and make the world believe it’s true.I hope to see Hollywood create great and inspiring,happy,joyous stories for black men like me.Our healing starts from there!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a film, commercial and Tv actor. I also do music score for films, as a songwriter. I was honored to work on a number of films including; To Be You film as a scammer, Love lily film as Mr Gower, Ryde or die film as shop attendant, Our Souls At Night film as a Nurse, amongst others. I am also currently working on my one man show/performances when the social distancing ban is lifted and theatres open again. It will be my first one man show ever. I am very excited. I can’t wait. I will keep you posted. In addition, I am working on a mental health and illness awareness project dubbed #fakeface. I felt a need to tell the mental health story through a short film, short documentary of people sharing their own battle with mental health and a song. I believe sometimes arts speak louder than dry words. Many young people are struggling with this invisible mental health scourge. Suicides deaths are on the rise amongst many people of all gender, race and age and it’s not ok to sit back and watch it torment our society. Many look very happy and collected on Instagram and TikTok posting larger than life pictures of their lives but deep down, they are dying silently. Young men are also more vulnerable. As men, we tend to hide a lot! Mostly men don’t share/Talk a lot of how they are feeling. We keep it very cool which is not cool!!. I hope this project gets to reach a lot of people.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Good luck has played a big role in my life. To be honest, a lot of good things has happened in my life so fast without too much crazy struggle… Well, I pray a lot!! I’ve always come across very many smiling people including strangers in this country who have always offered a hand to help me. I’ve met filmmakers, casting directors who have willingly showed me the directions with no agenda… I’ve been cast on many films without even going for an audition. It’s very interesting that no matter what I do, people always receive it very well and with ease… I can’t brag to be very talented but I usually feel so favored. I couldn’t be where I am today just with my normal talents. I am very grateful! Thank you all!

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 720.226.8358
  • Email: silmwenda@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @Silas Mwenda
  • Facebook: Silas Mwenda
  • Twitter: @silasmwenda


Image Credit:

James Rowe – Snapshot Photography

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