My alias Nay Maps means overwhelming prosperity and success. It’s a combination of my name and surname, Nkosinathi Maphalala, and their meanings. The name came way before the fame – I was speaking what I desired for myself into existence.
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I’ve always had an interest in, and passion for, the arts. Back in high school,I auditioned for a musical and got the part even though I didn’t think much of it because I had viewed musicals as feminine. I was aware that the talent for music ran deep within my family, but the acting bug bit me thereafter.
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My first TV commercial in2012 cemented my love affair with the arts. While on that 12-hour set, I knew that I wantedto tell stories as intricately and passionately as possible. Getting auditions was hard because I had no agency – they all didn’t want to affiliate themselves with me because I had no experience. This prompted me to knock on many doors all on my own.
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It’s been quite a mission to get where to I am today – I learnt perseverance, and not to give up on myself. I must give full credit to the creator of the universe – God has really been on my side. I recall going to an audition, only for someone to laugh and tell me that I was not good enough. It was depressing, but because I knew why I wanted to do this, I decided not to give up.