"I have really big dreams for myself and which include a Hollywood Star. I don't know how but the Lord and hard work will get me there. "
Name: Benedict Mogiba
Location: Johannesburg Midrand
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
About: Yes I do wish to be featured on all platforms related to Model Citizen Magazine.
Tell us something about yourself. What you do, passion and aspiration in life?: I am an Engineering student currently completing honours on Metallurgical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. The engineering degree has never been a passion of mine; acting has always been my first love. It's the reason I joined boss models agency as it gave me the opportunity do a bit of acting on the side while I finished my degree.
I'm inspired by the top actors of the big screen. My top 6 (in no particular order, except will smith is no.1 haha) is Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charles Theron, Robert Downey Jr... I have really big dreams for myself and which include a Hollywood Star hahaha. I don't know how but the Lord and hard work will get me there.
I don't consider gym a hobby it's more of a lifestyle, and so I suppose then the only hobbies I have is modelling. I recently just shot for Puma and it's so much fun being in that setting, I absolutely love.
All in all, I'm just young lad with cool prescription glasses, very big heart for people and dreams the size of the of the world itself. Throughout everything, I'm just trying my best to win the battle that most young people lose at which is staying true to myself.
Who is your inspiration in life? How do you keep inspired?: Aside from the global icons I've mentioned. Locally two big stars that challenge the fire in me to grow are Nasty C and Casper Nyovest for the mere fact that these guys are doing such big things for themselves. Yes, it is for the family and loved ones, but they are doing it big for themselves in the sense that no one would do it for them and no one can stop.
At home I'm inspired by my first line of defence is my mother and father. My mother is a rock unwavering and unshakable, she's taught the value of and power of Faith in the Lord and that He can get you through anything. My father is the hardest worker I've ever seen, the focus and discipline that he applies to he's work and the excellence, as a result, is something that one should really write about because it's extraordinary. If I can apply that same work ethic and drive into my dreams, the sky is the not even close to the limit. What I find very interesting is how he makes it look easy. But I read once that it takes a lot of effort to look effortless.
What is your aspiration in life?: I want to inspire. A change in the minds of young people around me and after me, that it's vital to chase your dreams. To decide what you want and start living according to what you want to accomplish, sacrifice the luxuries that you must to reach the top. I want to inspire though my own success through my triumph in battles that lie ahead due to the choice I've made.
What is the most challenging part of your profession?: The most challenging part of modelling industry acting right has staying motivated when disappointments come. The competition is so large, and margin for error is so small. It's so easy to fall of the waggon because of disappointment. But it then boils down to how much you really want this that your mindset needs to change to handle the disappointments as the glass half full and not half empty.
Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities.: The school has been the biggest priority. I think it's very important to finish what you've started and for that, I've put off the focus of my dreams to prove to myself that I can get this degree done and handle 1st things 1st. Before shifting my focus to the next step in my life.
Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.: The proudest modelling moment was doing my 1st commercial for a Ghanaian mobile service called Tigo. Being on an actual set gave me the craziest goosebumps.
How old do you have to be before it can be said you died of old age?: 79
Do glow-in-the-dark objects stop glowing when somebody turns the lights on?: Hahaha no, it's still glowing because it's the phosphorescent material that its made of, BUT we can't see it glow because of the light I the room is so much brighter. :-) #smileyface
If parents say, “Never take candy from strangers” then why do we celebrate Halloween?: There's no Halloween in South Africa hahaha we don't take candy from strangers.
If one man says, “it was an uphill battle,” and another says, “it went downhill from there,” how could they both be having troubles?: Hmm well, I think it's because uphill is a struggle to move and at the same, if something is going downhill it's uncontrollable to stop... Let's just move sideways guys.
Photo Credits: Benedict Mogiba @Ben_Stunna
Philly Mohlala @philly_mohlala