#CareerFocus With SA-Raised Actress Angelique Munyange

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am Congolese and lived in South Africa for a good portion of my life. Thanks to my experiences in my high school Parklands College, my passion for acting grew and led me to move to Los Angeles. While living in Los Angeles, I first attended college then fully begun pursuing acting, writing and modelling amongst other things. In my free time here, I have taken up hobbies such as roller skating and pottery.

What work do you do?

My main focus has been acting and modelling but while living here and being in the film industry, it is easy to pick up other things along the way. I have been a production assistant, an assistant director and a digital imaging technician. Since last year, I also started writing.

How long have you been in the industry?

I started work in 2018 and took a break at the end of 2019 to get my Bachelors in Fine Arts and started back last year so it has officially been around 4 years.

Has your work always been your passion? Tell us why?

My work is not my passion but it is a great tool which I use to express myself and my different passions. Throughout history, art has been a great tool to provide commentary on a lot of things, political, mundane, social and many more. Getting to be a creative has allowed me to make art that represents and embodies my passions. I am a very opinionated person and being a creative allows me to share my opinions and connect with people who have thoughts on the things I create and connecting with people is probably my biggest passion.

Being a women in the industry – what does it take?

Dedication, conviction and patience. There are so many moments that won’t make sense, especially when dealing with people who don’t realize their own biases so even in the face of that, you have to keep going. It is easy for people to trust you when you trust yourself, there’s no reason for people to doubt you when you speak with conviction. Patience is non-negotiable. A lot of time you don’t have control and you just have to keep going and waiting is just part of the game. 

What has been the most difficult challenge of your career?

Honestly, being international is probably the hardest thing as making future plans here and developing my career is contingent to my visa status and there have been moments where it has gotten in the way of progressing. To combat that definitely takes patience and knowledge of how to navigate the international legal system.

What advice do you have for other women in your industry?

If it’s what you want, keep going for it. There is no one that should deter you. If you are still trying to figure things out, it’s important to not stand in your way because you worry that your uncertainty means you are unqualified. Failure is an important lesson that teaches dedication so fearing it is okay as long as it doesn’t make you quit.

Plans for the future?

My future plans are to keep pushing myself and challenge myself with things that feel difficult and I haven’t tried yet. I am in the process of trying to sell the pilot that I worked on with Hilary Ijieh.

More about Angelique

Angelique Munyange is currently working on a pilot for a new media project where she will be starring alongside Hilary Ijieh. She can also be seen in a commercial for Vagisil, a feminine care brand, airing on multiple networks including Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She has also been in a Commercial for Google Play.

Munyange produced, wrote and starred in her own short film, Words Never Said (2022), which is about to begin a festival run.

She has been in other successful short films including Sebari Milach (2022) which was produced by Multichoice and directed by Lethabo Mokgatle, going on to win the silver prize at The Loerie Awards.

Munyange was part of the cast of Evidence of Remorse (2017) and Diary of Bolanle (2018). She also featured in a couple of episodes of Jess Goes West (2019) by Celine Chika, other New Media projects include #Whatsnext (2019), and the pilot project We Are The Mafia (2019).

Angelique received classical theatre training, including programs from Trinity College of London and various classes from NYFA. This training helped her when she played the lead role in the play Whose Life is it Anyway by Brian Clark.

Outside of acting Angelique has experience as a writer; 2nd an assistant director and as a Digital Imaging Technician. In her free time, she enjoys baking, singing, Brazilian funk dance classes and roller-skating.

Angelique is also a singer where she started in her Choir in high school, then sang in a musical in her school. After moving to Los Angeles, Angelique began singing with her College group as well. When given the chance, in her free time she also enjoys doing karaoke. 

She is also part of a group of Congolese creatives in Southern California and hosted a meeting to further strengthen the community, Angelique also created a few videos with them sharing their experience as Congolese people. 

Angelique also volunteered in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) to hold babies who had to remain longer in the hospital. She did this at Dignity Health California Hospital. 

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