SPOTLIGHT ON RISING STAR ACTOR LYNNE MAINGI
Lynne Maingi, like many prolific actors, discovered her acting talent when she could barely carry out a simple mathematic equation. At only the age of 6, she found herself performing with her sister at a Christmas cantata at her childhood church. She doesn’t remember the nitty gritty of what role she took or what exactly the play was about (I’m guessing it was the birth of Jesus like every church does during Christmas time) but what she does recall is the feeling she got when performing and she simply describes it as “an amazing experience and I knew that is what I wanted to do”.
Odd enough, her best acting experiences as she recalls is when, a few years later in class 6 (or standard 6 ) , together with her acting group classmates, staged a dramatized song for their prize giving day.
“My bit in the song was to play a proud girl who despised everyone until she met the LORD. I went round blowing kisses & tossing my hair & just acting the hell out of that role. The whole school, guest of honour included, gave me a standing ovation. It was all kinds of exhilarating!” she explains with a sense of nostalgia.
Having featured in the film Skin Deep by Mohammed Amin Foundation, Wash & Set, Changes, Beauty Fool, Prem, Mabeste & a couple of the Africa Magic Original Films, Lynne has barely touched the surface of her professional acting career.
“My biggest acting hurdle presently is being typecast. In the recent past, majority of the roles I’m being handed revolve around ‘bitchy’, spoilt, wild, young, carefree girl roles. I recently turned down such a role because I’m at a point where I feel I need something more challenging & different. I’m even presenting myself differently when meeting casting directors.” She retorts.
A fashion stylist and fashion designer too, Lynne has also been featured in commercials most notable one a safaricom and Nuru soap advert.
“The one thing I’d like to tell up and coming actors is to network, network, and network! I am a very introverted person so at the beginning of my career it was quite difficult for me to learn the craft without it feeling pretentious but with time, I learned the ropes and it has helped me big time. I have attended numerous closed auditions & even in some cases, been cast without an audition. Simply because they’ve seen my work before because the acting industry works with referrals mostly. Lastly, keep improving your skill even as you keep looking for acting gigs. The more advanced/professional your craft is, the more jobs you book.” She advices fellow passionate actors.
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