He is slowly winning viewers hearts as Ali in Mzansi Magic's telenovela Isithembiso, DRUM caught up with actor Tiisetso Thoka about his journey in entertainment and what he learned from being kwaito star Mshoza's manager.
Who is Tiisetso?
Tiisetso is a young man who was born in Limpopo in a village called Ga-Mphahlele, then moved to Johannesburg in 2004 in search for a dream which is television.
When did the acting and entertainment bug bite you?
I started acting at the age of 12 doing theater in a small town called Lydenburg and I was the youngest member.
How has your journey to following your passion been? What have been some of the high points and the low points?
It was not an easy journey at all. When I got to Joburg I stayed with my grandmother in a back room "emakhitchen" where she was a helper at that time, going in and out of auditions and being rejected so many times. I ended up thinking that maybe television is not my calling.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I studied law, I speak 9 official languages and I hustled my way through school.
You are fast becoming one of the guys to watch and particularly your body and looks have people talking, how does that make you feel?
I feel blessed and I appreciate the love.
Who do you look at in acting and aspire to have a similar career to?
Locally it's Sello-Maake kancube and Jerry Mofokeng, then international it's Jamuel L Jackson Denzel Washington.
Are you taken or available for the taking?
I am in a relationship with a woman who is respectful, kind and loving. She is one the best things that has ever happened in my life.
You managed Mshoza for a while, how was that? What did you learn by working with someone who has been in the industry for so long like her?
It was really interesting and a learning curve for me because right now I'm growing from the experience in terms of managing artists and other things in the media. I also learned not to settle for less.
What is your dream for yourself?
My dream is to make a break through internationally and to also uplifting under privileged communities.
What five things can you not live without and why?
My cellphone because it paves my way in life, family because they make me get through in life, God because he gives me all I want and he is always there for me, prayer because that's one of the ways to communicate with God and money because you can't make a living without it.