Finding his true calling
Actor opens up about putting his dream of being a preacher on hold for acting
ACTOR and script editor, Muzi Mthabela (40), has been a notable success in the entertainment industry. The Isibaya star has been a model since 1999 and also worked as a script editor on shows such as Zola 7, Zone 14 and City’s Ses La.
MEETING HIS FATHER FOR THE FIRST TIME
Growing up in Mzolwa, KwaZulu-Natal with his siblings and single mother, Muzi had a carefree childhood.
He did not know his father, who had separated from his mother and only met him when he was 12-years-old.
Regardless of this circumstance, the actor drew a lot of lessons from his father.
“He taught me to be a responsible man and I believe that if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am in life,” says the former The Road star.
Muzi recalls a time when he became rebellious because he had befriended people who influenced him to question how he was brought up and find an alternate lifestyle.
He stopped attending church and started rebelling against his Christian upbringing as a result of his new found beliefs.
“I started drinking, smoking, keeping a shabby rasta-inspired appearance and lost all hope in my Christian roots,” he shares. It took him several years to find himself again. This was after his father made efforts to show him how his new lifestyle would affect him negatively in the future. A CHANGE OF PLANS Muzi’s mother raised him with good morals and values and in a staunch Christian faith.
His Christian upbringing was so strong that he wanted to become a Catholic pastor.
“That meant I could not have a girlfriend or sexual intercourse my whole life and I was prepared to do it. I just wanted to help people and spread the word of God.”
But he found himself studying at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal towards a qualification in postproduction and editing.
He never pursued this path after graduating and was introduced to acting instead.
“I started getting small roles, but I didn’t take acting seriously. After some time I warmed up to the craft and realised that this is what I wanted to do,” he says. Muzi credits some of his colleagues for keeping him inspired.
“I had a lot of encouragement, especially from people like Khanyi Mbau. She believed in me and I thank her for encouraging me to be passionate about acting,” he says.
FAMILY IS EVERYTHING
A born again Christian, Muzi says his family is everything to him. Even though he doesn’t want to disclose much about them, he puts them first in everything he does.
“I have been married to my beautiful wife Zanele for 10 years. We have two daughters and I thank God for the beautiful family I have,” he says.
Muzi Mthabela says if it wasn't for his father, he wouldn't be where he is today