Monica speaks on being an ‘artrepreneur’
Monica Pinias (MP), is a talented actor, brilliant writer, a capable and proficient MC and an all-round musician, and is well on her way to becoming an accomplished and celebrated artist.
Monica recently spoke to Confidente’s Jeoffrey Mukubi (JM) about her passions and her ability to be creative in her own right.
JM: Give us a snapshot of who you are.
MP: I’m a shy, creative but fun person. Born and raised in Walvis Bay, I would love to believe that I am art and thus I have a love for the art. I write, I sing, I dance, I act, and basically, I create.
JM: Tell us about your upbringing, and how it has influenced your life path.
MP: I grew up in a home, where I was the only girl. I was raised in a two-bedroom house with six brothers. They treated me like I was one of the boys, and they taught me to fight, to run and to lie. My brothers are handsome men, and I had to learn to lie for them. I still believe that is how I became such a creative. I invented a lot of stories in my life, just to cover up for them.
JM: What triggered your interest in becoming a self-proclaimed ‘artrepreneur’?
MP: I love creating; it’s an art, an art I believe that I’m extremely good at, so I thought, why can’t I make a living from this, and so I wrote books. I scripted and I acted, composed and sang. I believed I could, and I did. That was the birth of TopCheri the ARTREPRENEUR.
JM: Do you come from a family that is passionate about arts and culture, or are you the only one?
MP: My family is very ‘protocolish’. The party is only Swapo, the church is only ELCIN, the washing powder is only Omo and the job is only eight to five. I’m the only person in my family that has taken the arts and entertainment path, it was difficult in the start, because I felt I had to keep it a secret, but later they started reading about me and what I do in the newspapers, so they started buying my books, my movies and asking me to send them my songs.
JM: What inspires your passion and love for what you do?
MP: I’m inspired by the fire that burns inside of me, and the determination I have to make it. I’m far from making it, but every day I push towards being a step closer.
JM: What challenges have you faced since you decided on your career path?
MP: Peoples’ mindsets! One of the things that annoy me most about ‘normal people’ is that they have expectations of their own that they just love to rub off on other people. People say: ‘Why is she writing books, acting, emceeing and now also singing? Why does she want to do everything?’ People look at you in a certain way, they want you to do what they expect you to do, nothing less or more. But I have marketing genes, so it was easy for me to penetrate the industry, because I know what tools to use, I know what wording to use. Besides being an ARTREPRENEUR I run social media pages for some of the biggest companies in the country; I do social responsibility campaigns for companies and personalities. The challenges are there, but I don’t dwell on them; I find a way around them.
JM: How do you feel about your recent nomination for the Simply You Magazine (SYM) Fashion and Lifestyle Awards? What does the nomination mean to you?
MP: I have never been so excited before; I have never been nominated for anything of this magnitude before. Being nominated means that someone in the world appreciates me, and what I do. It is a motivation not to stop.
JM: Looking back, what memories do you cherish the most?
MP: The memories are endless; I would need a whole newspaper to discuss even just one. Thinking of them literally gives me goose bumps.
JM: What projects are you currently working on?
MP: I’m currently putting together a cancer awareness campaign. Cancer is killing a lot of our people, and nobody is doing much about it. Our people don’t know about cancer, until it’s too late; they don’t know about pap smears and signs of lumps, because nobody is giving them the information. I hate cancer with a passion. Cancer has not taken, but has stolen from me. So, I want to dedicate my time to informing and educating people about cancer and its dangers.
JM: What don’t people know about you?
MP: It’s probably something I would not want them to know (laughs).
JM: How do you balance your private life, with your professional career?
MP: I stay at home, I keep to myself and I post only what I want people to see and know.
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