The actor, who is best known for his role as Jama on the SABC1 soap Skeem Saam , believes in building a legacy and changing people’s lives.
Talking to DESTINY MAN, Mampofu says apart from acting, he has other projects that he is working on with fellow actor and friend Ayanda Makayi. “I am very passionate about these projects,” he says.
He currently plays the role of Buntu “Angel” Mdlele – a charming, small-time hustler who is impressionable and optimistic to a fault – on Mzansi Magic drama series Ingoma.
The actor, who was born in the Eastern Cape, made his acting debut in the SABC1 drama series Kowethu in 2014, after graduating from the AFDA film industry academy with a degree in motion picture and live performance.
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Mampofu who was very active in church structures while growing up, attributed his strong character to his parents. He says he grew up in a relentless and strong household. “My parents are very powerful people and I owe them a lot for my character, my perspectives about life and foresight – I owe it to them,” he says.
He says that persistence and numerous auditions got him into the film industry. “Sometimes people wouldn’t be receptive to you. You learn to take the knocks – sometimes those challenges give us more strength. The difficult times we go through makes it easier for us to reach success.”
Earlier this year, Mampofu and Makayi launched the Naked Industry initiative to empower young people. “I am very big on giving back and aspire to build a legacy that will continue long after I am gone,” Mampofu says.
He believes in a purpose beyond his passion for acting and wants to help young people who aspire to be in the film industry through the platform. “This platform seeks to open up those questions many people who haven’t been in the industry ask,” he says.
The Naked Industry will help young people understand what it really takes to fulfil themselves and be successful as productive members of society.
“When you are starting out in the industry, you make so many careless mistakes due to the lack of knowledge. I want to empower people with that knowledge so they can progress without difficulty,” he says.
For now, the actor is reaching out to the public. Soon, he will be conducting research on the most pressing questions for the young people.
“We will then set up seminars and connect young people with relevant people in the industry,” he says.
He says an acting career requires passion, first and foremost. “Get ready for a long, difficult road ahead. If you are someone who is passionate about the craft, there is no reason why you shouldn’t take steps towards your dream,” he says.