“Art”, “self-expression”, “spiritual awareness”, and “muse” are some terms which best describe aspiring actress and TV presenter Itumeleng Modise, aka Solar. Originally from the East of Johannesburg and currently based in Pimville, Soweto, Solar is exposed to a peculiar yet balanced mix of subcultures which she uses for inspiration.
She spent most of her working life as an Online English Teacher, a role that heightened her communicative skills and compassion towards those willing to learn. Solar is a creative at heart who wants to contribute to the arts. She is particularly interested in telling stories through the eyes of a young, urban black woman.
Solar believes that having awareness, of yourself and others around you, helps you navigate through life a lot better. She shares her passion and journey with SLA, inspiring women to persevere and never give up on their dreams.
How would you best describe your passion?
My passion is communicating through speaking, writing, photography and acting. I’m also passionate about telling stories, my own and those of others, and helping people become more aware of themselves.
My stint as an intern copy-writer at an advertising agency also gave me the opportunity to explore my creative writing and thinking in general. Because I believe that I am here to serve others, everything that I do and want to do includes the development of others, especially black women. I would love to work in sectors exposed to platforms that expose me to this. Currently, I am exploring the TV and film industry as an aspiring actress and TV presenter.I believe that I am here to serve others, especially black women @MsSolar8 Click To Tweet
I like to believe that I am a grounded person who with the aid of yoga and meditation can tackle life with clarity and peace of mind. Also I aspire to learn how to teach yoga and meditation to others. Especially in communities that are not exposed to this.
When did you realize that you are meant to be a muse?
I can’t single out a moment or time I realized that I am meant to be a muse. It’s something that just happened organically and gradually.
I wasn’t even really aware that I was until other people started to point it out to me. It just comes naturally to me.
What messages do you always try to portray through your craft?
I always try to portray authenticity. That it’s okay to be yourself and that it’s enough actually.
You don’t have to be like someone else to be liked or appreciated or to be influential.
What is the hardest thing about breaking into the entertainment industry in South Africa?
I would say the hardest thing is gaining recognition whilst totally being yourself. You are constantly told how you should look to be noticed and given a chance.
It can be quite shallow because your looks or physical appearance are judged way before your talent is considered in many instances.The hardest thing is gaining recognition whilst totally being yourself - Itumeleng Modise Click To Tweet
What has been your most memorable modeling/tv job?
My most memorable TV job was filming my first lead role as an actress for a TV film that featured on Mzansi Magic. It challenged me to bring certain emotions out.
The process really humbled me and challenged me to dig deep to bring those emotions out. I was left amazed at my ability to do so. Acting is not easy, whether or not you have received formal training for it.Itumeleng Modise: Acting is not easy, whether or not you have received formal training for it Click To Tweet
Where do you go to find yourself?
Finding myself is a process I’m still undergoing. So I wouldn’t say I go somewhere to find myself. However meditating helps me a lot with that process.
I meditate to center myself and gain clarity and peace.
If you were to recite a poem to strangers, what would the first three lines of the poem say?
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
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