We had the good fortune of connecting with Silas Mwenda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Silas, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Success is achieving the ultimate goal and purpose of which a thing or a person was created for.Reaching that stage where an idea,vision,desire,or plan materializes and become so tangible and it’s comfortably able to solve the need of which it was intended to. I believe every human being was created with unique talents, special abilities and purpose to solve and satisfy problems and needs to their level best in excellence. You see the couch am seated on right now is successful.The moment am able to get that service and comfort from it in my home reflects the reason WHY it was made.My bed, car, TV ,my shoes are all successful .I use them daily so they are all serving the reason WHY they were made.LA voyage magazine is successful.It’s finally giving a platform to me and other people like me to air our voice boldly and connect with each other and I believe that’s one of the core reason of WHY it was started. Unfortunately, my generation definition of success is a bit wanting and confusing.Our social media translation of success is somehow exaggerated.It’s all about fame, huge following ,likes,trending, going viral.I believe not everything was designed to trend or go viral.Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with huge followers and trending but that not the real definition of success.I know many people who are very successful in this life and don’t have a single Instagram or Facebook account.The definition of success these days is single sided. The potato farmer somewhere in Idaho is very successful.The moment am able to drive through a Burger King here in downtown Los Angeles and buy some fries made from the potatoes they produced…that’s success.That RN nurse treating a covid patient somewhere in San Francisco, that kindergarten teacher shaping lives of young kids in Arizona, that road works engineer, that onion ,wheat and potatoes farmer somewhere in Idaho might never grace the cover of Vogue or people magazine but the fact that they are living their dreams ,serving and solving the needs of millions of Americans families everyday…To me that’s success.!That’s success!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Well,.Am a film, television actor and writer.I was born and raised in Kenya and moved here in the US four years ago.Since I was a young boy back in the village I always fell in love with the art of story telling and being on stage.It was my lifestyle.It always felt so alive whenever am on stage and telling stories.I always had this dream to share my story on a global stage and right now I can say it’s a dream come true..I always made sure I embraced excellence and discipline in every way possible.I’ve come to learn that success in life is not an overnight thing .it’s an outcome of a combination of those little choices and pieces of work done in excellence over a certain period of time accompanied with lot of hard work and discipline.Myself i faced lot of challenges on the way but my passion, reminding myself daily WHY is started what am doing, believing in myself,prayers,asking for guidance and help/mentorship from those who have been in the game has greatly helped me.Ive always learnt not to give up on my dream no matter how I feel or how dark the road ahead looks like.Thinking positive everyday and surrounding myself with very positive people has greatly helped me to remain focused thus fueling my dream.I believe the answer am looking and crying for today is in the hands of someone somewhere.That solution ,connection is in the hands of someone.now i have to place yourself in the right place at the right time.Consistent training has also helped me a lot.I always make sure am ready to embrace an opportunity once it arises.Am very passionate about telling stories which resonates around life and humanity.Stories which entertains and solves problems..Since March last year I’ve been working on a new film to create awareness on mental health and illness and am feeling so excited it’s finally ready for release possibly once Covid restrictions are lifted this summer.I believe the world of Cinema is very powerful and that’s why I embrace it so passionately to speak to humanity.Am also looking forward to working in more positive and ‘cleaner’ roles in films.Roles in films which can inspire more younger generation ,those young boys in Africa and some other parts of the world.As a young black man, I believe the best way to solve this whole CHAOS and perception on how the world see us is to first change how our narrative s and stories are being told and how we are portrayed and seen in the screens and the world of cinema.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To be honest I have a lot of favorite places to hang in this town but let me guess what most of friends would love to check out.Myself am huge fan of .water and beaches,So we could go start with Venice beach ,Zuma beach , then have some lunch at ,Restaurant Olivia ,Its an Italian restaurant ,Sunset boulevard,Universal studios,Museums,Jurassic museums,Cruising along Mulholland, and finally checking some stand up comedy clubs, laugh Factory on Sunset boulevard is my favorite Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friends and family for all time support and I would also like to say a big thank you to my friend and coach John Daquino of YAWA.here in Los Angeles,To be honest He has been my biggest help ever.My representation…Savage Agency here in Los Angeles,Wendy and Elgin Cahill of Lincoln talent, Meggie Waruri of Talanta awards,Last not the least thank you LA Voyage for your great feature.
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