We had the good fortune of connecting with Mphatso Mgangira and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mphatso, what role has risk played in your life or career?
If I did not take any risks in life, you would not be reading this. I first took the Risk to leave my very comfortable life in South Africa to move out here to the U.S. We all have different perspectives in life and for me it was to branch off and learn new things, acquire new passions and skills. In order to do that, I had to take the risk. Then towards my last year of college, I took another risk by taking an acting class. This risk has led to where my story begins.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Acting is one of my creative outlets. It is hard to really say what sets me apart from others because there is so many wonderful talents that I have come across. I would like to say I am creative in the choices that I make, and try make it as human as possible. I look at every line and see whether I can add certain elements that people use in every day life.
I am most excited about the journey this far. It has been lovely and the experiences that I have had, I take it as one step closer.
My college advisor is how I got here. He told me to take an acting class, it would be fun, and I was so against it. When you come from a traditional african family its either doctor, lawyer, engineer, those kind of professions. So to the thought of acting was out of this world. I took the risk though and took the class. Then my first teacher, If it was not for her, the story would have ended, as she helped ignite the flame in me, She told me I would have to work four times as hard. And I love a good challenge.
A lesson I have learned on the way is, there is a bigger picture, you are piece in the puzzle but without you the puzzle wouldn’t be complete. You have to stop comparing yourself to other pieces. Your time will come to get picked just keep holding on. Of course do what you have to do to survive, but keep in mind YOU ARE IMPORTANT! haha
I want the world to know, you never know how you can change someones life with the words and actions that you use. That was one of the reasons I got into acting. Another thing, Persevere as much as you can, it will not be easy, but it will be worth it!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite spots in the city would include Sals on Melrose. Love that place. Has amazing food and lovely staff. Any food spot in Koreatown, I love food btw haha. A very chilled area would be Pan Pacific Park, relax there with a couple of friends. When things were open my go to spot for drinks with mates was Harlow, haha my closest friends know that was my go to spot. The drive down the PCH is always lovely. Griffith Park, Runyon hiking trial. Mini golf in the valley, honestly I love to experience new places, you can do that in lovely LA. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have a whole group of people I want to dedicate this shoutout too. The first would have to be a college advisor who told me to take an acting class. In my head I thought, “acting?” yea not for me. I cannot remember his name, but I know it was at West Virginia University. Others include my first ever acting teacher, Mya Brown, who helped ignite the flame. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts for helping to continue to guide and shape me. Most importantly my family back home, who have been a lovely support system for me.