In our continued interview with former Yo TV presenter Mandisa, she speaks of possibly going back to becoming a TV presenter her friendship with Phuti Khomo and other previous Yo TV presenters.
What was the most challenging and enjoyable thing about being a child star back in those days?
The most challenging thing was the fact that we were expected to have the same work ethic as our adult counterparts, whilst maintaining our carefree sense of fun. The best thing, was the opportunities that presenting gave to us.
I got to be a member of the press at the 'Millenium Dreamers' convention in Disney World, which was for children who were of service to their communities. 2 years after that I was part of a team that represented South Africa at the United Nations Special Session on Children in New York. Now that I think of it, this whole 'serving humanity' thing has always been the central theme in the most significant moments in my life. For that I am grateful.
If given the opportunity, would you go back to television and become a presenter?
For the right show, yes. A few years ago I took on board a wisdom that Oprah shared with her viewers, about asking yourself what your intention is before you make decisions. I'll do just that. 'What is the intention of this show?'. It's what I ask myself every time I get an idea for 'ShineYourLight'.
We recently saw a picture of you and Phuti Khomo together, how long have you guys been friends and when did your friendship develop?
Dearest Phuti and I have been friends since high school. She started at Pro Arte, I think around grade 10? Anyway, she joined the drama department, where she met a group of 'cray cray' teens and fitted in like a glove!
We were CONSTANTLY laughing, and still do today when she comes to visit. You know, being on T.V was kind of accidental for me, so I never knew what it meant to attract what your heart desires, and what it looks like when passion meets ambition until I watched Phuti's journey to becoming Miss Teen. She had a quiet confidence and focus that inspired me. I don't think I've ever told her that.
Are you still in contact with former Yo TV presenters such as the likes of Entle Dambuza and Byron Taylor?
I am indeed. Entle and I got in touch on Facebook a while ago, it was great to connect again. It's funny how some people think Byron and I are married. Can you blame them though? We're both Taylors. We're also still in touch, he's in New Zealand now.
Any last words you would like to share with our readers?
If you haven't watched the videos on my Youtube channel, Shine Your Light, have a look, you might like 1 or 2, and if you do, please subscribe. To my subscribers, your thought provoking comments are the fuel in my fire, thank you!
If you haven't read our Part 1 interview with Mandisa check it out here.