Hectic Nine-9 star Misha Solanga on keeping her Christian faith in showbiz

Hectic 9/9 presenter Misha Solanga (PHOTO:MISHA SOLANGA/INSTAGRAM)
Hectic 9/9 presenter Misha Solanga (PHOTO:MISHA SOLANGA/INSTAGRAM)

From filmmaker to actress and most popularly, presenting on SABC 2 kids show Hectic 9/9 – her career has taken off with a bang.

The most important thing for the 22-year-old though is her faith.

Speaking to Move! Misha explains how she balances being a Christian woman with being in the entertainment industry, which can often be against conservative values.

“My identity in Christ informs who I am and it informs what I do, and how I go about doing things. I do not do things that go against who God has called me to be”, shares the Cape Town-based actress.

She has always known that her passion and talents would eventually lead her into the television industry but finally breaking through into the – often tough – industry has not distracted her from her purpose.

“Just because you are in a specific industry it does not mean you need to change who you are to fit in, it is work, you come in and you do what you are good at. It shouldn’t change or affect who you are” she says.

In addition to her TV jobs, Misha also has a YouTube channel where she shares words of encouragement with her followers, usually based on biblical scriptures.

“I don’t do it to have hundreds of subscribers or to get paid by YouTube, I use it as a platform that God can utilize to speak through me. I just want to be a beacon of light and show people that it is possible to make your dreams come true and be successful at what God has called you to do without compromising yourself and [your] faith in the process” she adds.

When it comes to acting, most mature roles require women to do more intimate scenes with other actors or take on roles that go against conservative beliefs. For Misha, the decision about how to approach these roles is a simple one – she will not do scenes she feels God would not approve of.

 “When I’m at a crossroads, I consult with God and if it goes against what he has planned to do in my life I don’t even bother with it, sometimes it sucks because you want a certain opportunity or job but it compromises who you are as a child of God,” she explains.

When it comes to balancing her social life and her faith, Misha does not allow social settings to influence her behavior and she keeps people who share her sentiments on life in her circle.

 “Social gatherings should not make you behave any differently than you normally would, be consistent in your behavior. Everything that we need in life God will provide for us, whether it is right the friends that will build you up or elevating your career to be everything that he has called you to become. He will provide those things”.

In addition to all her other career moves, Misha Solanga also started a ‘Girls of God’ program of young women. The ultimate purpose of the initiative is empower and educate Christian women on their faith.

“I believe that when you understand who God says you are, you will be comfortable with who you are in the world. I wanted to convey that to other young girls,” she shares on her initiative.

“I struggled a lot when I was in primary school and high school with trying to fit in with worldly views. But when I was settled in who God says I am, I became my true self and life became easier,” she adds.

The program has been put on hold amidst the Covid-19 lockdown.