Shamiso Mosaka on MTV’s Ghosted, mental health and dating outside of the industry

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Shamiso Mosaka speaks to us about her break into the industry.
Shamiso Mosaka speaks to us about her break into the industry.
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She's always been outspoken, even as a child.

She had a bubbly personality and had a lot to say. That opened the way for her to, one day, get into the entertainment industry, even though she wasn't all that set on following in her mom's footsteps.

But she's an expressive person and couldn't escape her destiny. She uses her creativity in painting, fashion and has more than 30 tattoos she's got on her body.

Shamiso Mosaka (23) may be the daughter of veteran radio personality Azania Mosaka, but she paved her own way into the industry and has made a name for herself. 

She tells Drum about her break into the industry, her mental health and dating someone who is not in the public eye.

“I have always been talkative; I would chill with my gran and her church people, and imitate any words that they said. I was very confident, and I could easily approach strangers. When I got to primary and high school, it became a problem because I would get reprimanded. I’ve always had leadership skills, but I never used them in the right way.”

Although she did not complete her BA general at Wits University, she hopes one day she will continue with her studies at her pace and in pursuit of something she is passionate about.

She describes herself as a tomboy with a bit of a girlie side and she says that she is grateful to have her mother in her life as she has been her grounding force.

“When I was a kid my mother was at her peak at Metro FM and she’s always been a young mom who would attend the Durban July. I remember thinking my mother is the coolest person ever because of all the celebrities she knew, and my peers thought the same. She has always positioned me to be my own person. I'm very outspoken and opinionated and I get that from her. I never actually wanted to be in the entertainment industry, and she didn’t want me in it either because there’s no security. I didn’t want to follow in her footsteps. I already look and sound so much like her,” she tells Drum.

Although she wanted to find a separate path, her personality opened the doors for her to get on one of the biggest shows on MTV base Africa; Ghosted; Love Gone Missing.

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“I have heard some heart-warming stories on the show where people who are artists would share that they lost money due to lockdown and lost jobs, ended up gaining and weren't in the right frame to maintain relationships. We can all relate to it, at first people come in angry at the ghost, but they hear the story and end up being touched.”

She has over 30 tattoos and although her love for tattoos started as a cover-up for the scars in her arms due to mental health issues that led to her self-harming, she tells us that she has learnt to look at tattoos as a way of expression.

“I used to struggle with really bad depression, and I currently still struggle with chronic anxiety. There was a time when I was really struggling with my mental health and I started self-harming. When I finally got help, I got my first tattoo that said ‘resilience’ over my scars. Ever since then I have found my strength in tattoos and self-expression. Tattoos are another way of self-expression.”

She is surrounded by people who understand her anxiety and provide support for her when she feels overwhelmed.

“I have started meditating and the people I work with are very thoughtful. They are very supportive and open-minded, and my producer always provides me with extra support. I have great and supportive people and they don’t make me feel bad for it.”

“I think people should stick to being themselves and not be pressured to be someone else. Your power lies in you being you, harness it and don’t be blinded by someone else because it will never be good as yours.”

She enjoys painting in her spare time and she loves trying out new creative ways to express herself. She says that the way she dresses is highly influenced by her being very cultured and she does not feel the pressure to meet the exterior standards of femininity.

“I am more comfortable in baggy clothes, and I feel sexier but now and then I wear heels. I am very in touch with both my masculine and feminine side with more masculine energy. I am in touch with my femininity because I decide what it means to be a woman. People have coined the term ‘IsShamiso’ based on how I dress.”

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Seeing her mother raise her as an independent woman has moulded Shamiso into the kind of woman she is. She tells Drum she even struggles to allow her boyfriend to spoil her because she believes in doing this for herself.

“My boyfriend has to fight me to do this for me because I do things for myself. I already know what kind of life I want to live, the house, the car and the kind of family I want to have.  I am dating a beautiful, low-key man. No one in the industry and he is very private.”

She says her boyfriend has brought stability into her life.

“He came into my life before I started being popular in the industry. He has really grounded me, he has reminded me to always have my chin up.”

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