Masego Maponyane (A.K.A) Maps Maponyane is without a recognisable face for most South Africans. The dynamic star has been able to make a name for himself through numerous avenues. His ability to be a versatile professional is one characteristic that young South Africans try to adopt. We chatted to Maps about his career path and how came to be who he is today.
What do you do for a living/how would you define yourself and your career?
I work in fashion, media and entertainment with a focus on TV presenting, modeling and acting. I’m a young ambitious, hardworking optimistic realist that believes in getting out what you put in. Although still in its infantile stages, my career is something that has come with a number of challenges; it’s to a large extent a misunderstood line of work and the pursuit of quiet is all I can attribute to any success I’ve had. There’s a long way to go.
Would you describe your career path as a typical succession or were there any distinctive deviations as you went along?
I don’t think my career path has been typical in any way. My mom is a strict academic that was always urging me to be a lawyer or architect, and my dad was a professional sportsman and many were hoping I’d go down that path but I’ve always been committed finding and doing what makes me happen and that’s where I’ve ended up. It was never written in the stars or pre-concluded, in fact it seemed highly unlikely but I’ve always tried to make something out of nothing.
How important have your tertiary studies been in your career thus far? Are you utilizing any of them in the line of work you do?
They have been extremely important from a communication point of view and being able to analyze this different and understanding that value of hard work, however there hasn’t been any direct utilisation where the degree has been essential.
As far as achievements within your career go, which would you say is/are your greatest? Which do you hold dear to your heart professionally?
Studying a quadruple and working at the same time Amin order to pay for my studies and graduating is personally my greatest achievement. However specifically in my career it’s managing to have a great deal of success in various parts of my industry which includes international projects, over 40 TV commercials, various awards and big brand collaborations and films.
There are quite a few people who may look at your career and wonder how you do it all. What do you think are 3 core disciplines that young professionals would have to adopt to work at your level?
Passion, Time Management and Appropriate delegation.
There are plenty of people who pursuit careers for the lucrative nature of the industry involved. What is your view on doing what you love and do you feel as though you love what you do?
I think that if you’re not doing what you love them you’re making your life that little bit more difficult than it already is/can be. Live the best life you can with that one shot you have. Certainly, I try not do anything unless I love it.
What is one major misconception people have about what you do? Especially within the entertainment industry?
People think it’s easy, unskilled and shallow; but it requires incredible dedication, commitment, reinvention, thick skin and NO bad days – even on a bad day.
There are some valuable lessons young Africans can learn from you about building a sustainable personal brand of themselves. What key tips do you have for young professionals looking to move into the entertainment industry while balancing a second career?
You need to know who you are, be patient and know that nothing happens overnight and it may all seem needless with no return for a while as you’re building your foundation, but passion and persistence soon sees it all come together. Don’t procrastinate and don’t give up when it gets tough.
Where are you from, born & raised, and how has your background influenced you?
Born and raised in Johannesburg. I grew close to my mother and was always stimulated by the way she insisted on cultivating maturity from an early age so I think I’ve always been quite an old soul as a result. My dad’s sporting journey taught me to dream, make something of my life, have respect for others and truly believe things just take longer than planned and not impossible if you’re willing to work for them.
Lastly, what is the first job you ever had? Are there any principles you still carry today from that opportunity?
The first job I ever had was in retail as a sales person on the shop floor. I learnt essential people skills such as patience, communication, levels of interaction etc. , the importance of attention to detail and the ability to sell almost anything to anyone.