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Nay Maps Is South Africa really ready for another heart-throb? Well, ready or not, Nay Maps is here to stay, so hold on to your hearts! By Nkgabi Motau
he multitalented actor and singer – known for his role as Mxolisi Xulu on Uzalo on SABC 1 and, most recently, as one of the celebrities who features on Tropika Island Of Treasure: Maldives – is making waves in the entertainment industry. Nay has appeared in a number of TV commercials and used to be a presenter on lifestyle show Hashtag on ANN7. Through his innovative company Map Worx, Nay hopes to inspire and encourage our country’s youth to work hard to achieve their dreams – no matter what their circumstances are. If that’s not enough to snatch your eyebrows right off your face, he also owns a supercool clothing range. Get to know this unstoppable star in our Q&A below.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE FOR YOU?
I wake up, meditate, pray, get to set at 6am and shoot for 12 hours. I get back home at about 7pm, go through my scripts, then work on my clothing business and my music, then sleep. YOU GOT INTO ACTING THROUGH STARRING IN TV COMMERCIALS. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST TV COMMERCIAL?
My first TV commercial was the MTN New World TV advert, where I played the lead.
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HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO TACKLE FASHION DESIGN, MUSIC AND ACTING WITH SUCH CONFIDENCE?
I think it stems from the fact that it’s who I am and what I’ve always wanted to do. When you do something that comes from the heart and believe in it, it will come out confidently and will not depend on any external energy since it comes from within you. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH TO FASHION?
I would describe it as authentic, friendly, easy, fresh, slick, comfortable and very trendy. TO TAKE A LEAF OUT OF OPRAH’S BOOK, WHAT DO YOU KNOW FOR SURE?
I know for sure that God and my family love me. GIVE US FOUR WORDS YOU THINK YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE YOU.
Crazy, friendly, loving and positive. WHAT’S THE BEST THING YOU HAVE LEARNT FROM YOUR PARENTS?
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There are so many great things that I’ve learnt from my parents. Off the top of my head: love and care for people as we are all God’s people and, most importantly, to give. My parents are givers and lovers. I’m so blessed and honoured to have them in my life. WHAT IS A MYTH THAT THE PUBLIC BELIEVES ABOUT THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY THAT YOU HAVE COME TO LEARN IS UNTRUE?
People think that once you appear on TV, you’ll suddenly have more money than everyone else or that you’ll become an instant millionaire. Ha ha – this is definitely not true!
‘When you do something that comes from the heart and believe in it, it will come out confidently’
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WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE WAYS TO RELAX AND HAVE A GOOD TIME?
ACTING IS ABOUT STORYTELLING, DO YOU WRITE FOR SCREEN AT ALL?
I listen to music, and enjoy trying out new spots and restaurants – to experience new scenery. I also love travelling and discovering new things, which also relaxes me.
As much as I’m mostly on-screen and in front of the camera, I also work behind the scenes and am involved with scriptwriting. I’ve also written for concept TV talk shows – but not yet for acting. Soon, though.
THREE OF YOUR ULTIMATE GUILTY PLEASURES?
1. Ice cream – I can have ice cream at any time of the day – morning, midday, afternoon, evening, midnight and even the early hours of the morning! 2. Good food. 3. Sunglasses.
YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME TRAVELLING AROUND SOUTH AFRICA TO ENCOURAGE THE YOUTH TO REALISE THEIR POTENTIAL. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO REACH OUT AND INSPIRE PEOPLE?
So much hope and love is lost in our society, and many people struggle to live the life they desire simply because they don’t realise the potential and power they possess. There are many young people who may strive to achieve similar things that I have accomplished, and I want them to realise that nothing is impossible. It begins with you! You have everything you need to get you where you need to be. It’s all within you. Realise it – and use it! You are enough.
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Q&A TV series? Power and Empire Karaoke song? Hello by Adele Cappuccino or black coffee? Cappuccino Beyoncé or Jay-Z? Beyoncé Adidas or Nike? Nike Summer or winter? Summer Xbox or PlayStation? PlayStation Soccer or cricket? Soccer 10 apartments around the world or one massive mansion? 10 apartments around the world – and that is my goal! SPLURGE OR SKIMP? Car – splurge Shoes – splurge Coffee – skimp Cologne – splurge Grooming – splurge Holiday – splurge Home décor – splurge Tech devices – splurge Jeans – splurge
CAN YOU GIVE US THREE RULES TO LIVE BY FOR A BUDDING ACTOR?
1. Be honest. 2. Understand your character. 3. Be as natural as possible and don’t overact! WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
My dream holiday destination was the Maldives – it’s amazing there. Currently, it has to be Greece or Bora Bora. ARE YOU SINGLE AND READY TO MINGLE?
Ha ha, yes I am. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU LOOK FOR IN LOVE?
Openness, a great sense of humour, a taste for adventure, humility and thoughtfulness. IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I would travel and discover new things about our planet. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY OF GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY?
Spending time with the youth within communities – sharing my story with them and how I got to where I am today so that they, too, can feel inspired to go for their dreams and achieve them.
Published on Mar 12, 2018
Published on Mar 12, 2018
Getting to know Nay Maps Is South Africa really ready for another heart-throb? Well, ready or not, Nay Maps is here to stay, so hold on to y...