Thapelo Mokoena recently shared how he’s been able to manage to be a successful actor in the industry for 21 years.
During an interview with TshishaLIVE, he said, “You have to do this thing every day like you are doing it for the first time. Your hunger has to be the same as before you got on to the stage to play with the big players. The consistent part of what this is, is that it’s an art form.”
The actor said he respects his craft and treats the set as his office.
“I’ve got to respect my office and for me the respect that I’ve given the game and the respect it has given me back has been a fair exchange. Because I respect the art and I’m purely here for the arts, the rest will follow. The point is, I took a decision to embrace this thing because it moves me and every time I go into the shoes of other people, I have a compassion and a respect for humanity that was deeper than before,” he said.
“So respect the game, respect the people and longevity becomes an inherent part of the journey. I’ve never not worked and I credit that to the respect and the prayer when I left my house at the age of 17. When I left my mother’s house they sent me out with prayers. Respect and humility are the things that prepare the world for you. It is simple. We like to philosophise but it’s pretty simple. Respect everything you touch and the people around it and watch what happens. I’m grateful.”