South Africa’s Maya Oliver reigns on a high note on performers’ pedestals, and that is putting it lightly….. Black Belt in Kobujutsu, a Certified scuba diver and Soprano Singer with a background in tap dancing and ballet , sounding out multiple dialects and a Japanese language beginner.

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In the world of music, her journey takes on blood-chilling screams, with Soprana singing, music sight-reading, cello, and piano! Let’s take a sneak preview highlight of the New York Film Academy’s trained actor Maya Oliver……

Film and Television

  • Lizzie’s Fun Factory – Child guest – Tv series in South Africa (4 episodes)
  • Greed and Desire – Nail Tech – Tv Series in South Africa (1 episode)
  • Nocturama – Grace Miller – Student Final Scene
  • Vigils – Wooer – Student Final Scene
  • Almost Maine – Shelly – Student Final Scene

Theatre

  • Noddy – Skittle – People’s Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Noddy – Tess Bear – People’s Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • The Jungle Book – Kaa – Civic Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • The Rugby Match – Kylie – Jeppe High School for Boys production, South Africa
  • Dead Poets Society – Chris Noel – Jeppe High School for Boys production, South Africa
  • Joseph and the Technicolor Raincoat – Joseph – Jeppe High School for Girls production,
  • South Africa A Deadly Affair – Jamie – Witswatersrand affiliated play, South Africa
  • The Nightmare before Christmas – Sally – Jeppe High School for Boys production,
  • South Africa Lamb to the Slaughter – Mary Maloney – Jeppe High School for Girls production, South Africa

Meet CreaTepreneurAfrica’s Maya Oliver ready to se

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

I am self-driven. I used to be a person who would rely on the validation of others to fuel me and because of that it was very easy for me to fall into deep holes of self doubt and low self esteem at times where there was no one to give me that validation.

But after years of trying to ‘perfect’ my art form and trying and be the best that I can be, I have realised that the only person who will always have my back, constantly motivate me, and support me throughout my endeavours is myself.

My desire to be a better me fuels the fire that my passion has lit in me and therefore, creates a reason for me to get up in the morning. My true passion in life is acting and I can’t imagine doing anything other than that.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

My mother and father were always deeply involved in the arts and so from a very young age I was immersed and surrounded by people who shared a very deep connection and love for film. I was about 5 or 6 when I realized how much I enjoyed performing, whether it be in front of other people or in front of my mirror

.I would watch films and reenact them when I was alone or make my own stories and act them out, I would sing and play instruments and dance to express myself because I had a lot to express, I still do. 

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The ability to unapologetically express myself to the world will always be one of the most rewarding parts of what I do. 

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I have a need to tell stories, but I also have to pay my way through life and without compensation, I will not be able to practice my art or have my self-worth recognized. Money is not my primary motivation. I am a proponent of practicing my passion. Money is the by-product of what sets my soul on fire.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

I was first paid for acting when I was 8. I was in a children’s tv show. Honestly, I think being paid for it was the last thing in my mind – my only want was to act and be in an environment where everyone was “like me” in their passion for the arts. I remember arriving on set and just falling in love with the lights, the cameras and eventually the action. 

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

There have been many times where I thought it might be better to not do what I do. Me and my friends had a joke in New York where we would say that we’ve chosen a career in which we will never make money from. It’s not about the money for me, the driving force is stronger than that.

The feeling I get when I’m acting or when I’m behind the camera or just involved with film is something I don’t think I’ll ever get from anything else, it is unmatched. Whenever I feel stuck or I doubt myself, I always remember that feeling of utter joy and complete belonging that acting gives me and that keeps me going. I see our time on earth as a one-time event and I am determined to spend it doing what I love and giving myself artistic purpose.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

There are so many stories to be told and so many people who need and want to hear them, I want to be one of those people who introduces others to new ideas and perspectives.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

It took me a while to get to this point, and the simple answer to this would be that I don’t have anything to say to the people who doubted me. But I will say this, other people’s opinions on me and what I can do is none of my responsibility and doesn’t affect me at all anymore. I know my worth and know what I am capable of and although I used to take on the doubt of others and put myself through hell because of it – I now know my value.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

Be yourself and put out what is authentically you and what you truly want your artistic vision to be. There’s no limit to people’s creativity – there’s only people who limit creatives. 

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