Lucky Mqoboli, a passionate storyteller on a journey to greatness

I met up with Lucky Mqoboli famously known as ‘Patrick Phiri’ on the soap opera, Isithembiso, for my ninth installment of #MindsoftheYouth feature. Lucky is a creative who is passionate about storytelling, he is an intellectual and a deeply spiritual person.

He is one of the hardest working and most dedicated upcoming actors that you should look out for. I admire his humility and spirituality. See our below conversation which I believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that you will learn a thing or two from him.

Tell me about your upbringing and where you come from?

I was born in the North West province in Mahikeng and I grew up in Delareyville (Tswaing Municipality). I come from a supportive family that is full of love and my parents were spiritual people. I am the eldest and have three siblings. Growing up in Delareyville shaped my character and my outlook of life, I remember at some point I was a fine art artist and gumboot dancer. This was a period where I discovered that I could act. My mom instilled discipline, curiosity and the love for education in me. As a result, I was the best student in my matric year at Phatsima High School.

To people who don’t know you, how would you describe yourself?

I am a song that is looking for its original composer – I am in search for the truth and I like to think and question things.

What do you do for your calling and how do you do it?

I am an actor, I have done a lot of theatre plays. I am part of this production called Isithembiso on Mzansi Magic. I am a sessional lecturer at Wits, I teach first year Humanities students and I run my own company with my cousin, Letlapah.

Tell me more about your role on Isithembiso?

Patrick Phiri is a second-year actuarial science student who is depressed and striving to make his mother and village proud. Patrick likes humour, he follows politics, he is part of the house committee at res, student leader and wants to make everyone happy. I relate to him on making other people happy.

Let us talk about the state of the arts industry, what is your view on it and how can it improve?

First and foremost, our industry is not unique, whatever ‘exploitation’ we are facing it does not only happen in this industry. For me I am of the view that you must earn what you deserve as an artist. For example, if I was acting with John Kani, I can’t expect to be paid on his level. The problem starts when I earn the same salary for a long period of time.

What were your plans for this year?

To write a short film, which I am currently fine tuning. Explore digital arts which I did in Grahamstown and to do advertisements.

What are you willing to struggle for?

To unlock spiritual consciousness in my circle and family

What did you love to do in school and what were your favourite subjects?

Arts & Culture, English and Setswana

What did you study after high school and where?

I am about to graduate for my Masters degree in Film and African Languages at Wits University.

What is your quake book and what is your current read?

My imagination was challenged at Wits by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s book, Devil on the Cross. It is a book that changed my perceptions about life.

My current read is Beyond Hopes and Dreams by Refilwe Matlhoko

What are you most proud of in your life?

When people approach me and tell me that I inspire them

What does spirituality mean to you and what is your philosophy of life?

Spirituality is the recognition of a higher power – close connection to whoever you believe in. It is not categorised or have hierarchies.

My philosophy about life is know your personal truth and journey, search for the truth. I am saying this because we watch other people’s lives or visuals and think that is the truth.

Which one do you prefer between theatre and television?

Tricky one, for now I am enjoying television because of its mass and exposure. I also love theatre because the truth is there, and it doesn’t have limitations.

Which other plays are you currently working on?

I am working on a show called Da Art Taste Show with my team. The show is all about celebrating young people and different elements of art ranging from visual and fine art, poetry, music just to name a few and will take place on Saturday, 23 November 2019 at 81 De Korte Street, Braamfontein. The show will start at 18h00.

The plan is to extend it to other regions starting at Atamelang in North West. I am also working on a play called Bo Khumo.

What is your favourite quote?

“There are people who love God and there are people who are loved by God” – Unknown

Connect with Luck Mqoboli on:

Twitter: @LuckyMqoboli

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