You may know Simz as Thuli from Muvhango but do you know how Simphiwe Ngema’s career started out? Sizzling Simz spoke to us about her career moves and choices that shot her to fame – in a big way.
How did your acting career start out?
I’ve always wanted to be a performer – ever since I was young. And, growing up, my passion grew. After matric I took a gap year to decide on what I wanted to study (since my parents were not keen on me pursuing acting).
I enrolled at Boston Media House and got my journalism degree, but I ended up auditioning for a stage production that changed my life forever – The Game. It was a huge challenge acting among stars such as Leleti Khumalo, Mary Twala and Sindi Dlathu. With Duma Ndlovu as my mentor, through his great guidance and assistance, I ended up on Muvhango.
Which moment in your career gave you that big break?
For me it was definitely The Game – even the president came to watch. Muvhango exposes me to a larger audience that faithfully supports me and celebrates my craft.
Who are your mentors and people that you look up to?
In the entertainment industry my mentor is definitely Sindi Dlathu – she’s private, humble and professional at all times. She’s not a drama queen – her fans can ask to take pics with her on the street and she will gladly do it with a smile. She’s been in the industry for so long yet she remains grounded.
In life – and in general – my parents, because they have taught me everything that I know. My father is the first man I’ve ever loved and he’s taught me how I should be loved and treated. My mother is my best friend – I tell her everything!
What more can we expect from you?
I have big dreams and I’ve prayed about them. I want to be the best at what I do and to get recognition in Hollywood, all over the world and, more importantly, in Africa.