Paul ModjadjiPaul is a winner. That's it. There's nothing more to say. Nothing less will do.

Rewind back by a decade and even then, you would see Paul strutting his stuff in high school. He is not just a regular on television, magazines and newspapers, but an award-winning being in every way.

He is the first South African to win the European Star Dance Union World Championships. Did I mention that he also received a Global Young Leaders Award from the Washington DC, Global Young Leader’s Congress? 

I am not one to repeat myself, but this time, the emphasis is true. It is without any hesitations that I say this one thing, for it is spot on: "Paul is a winner!"

Winners fight, go into combat, face untold adversity, but win. Winners win! They fall, but rise. Winners don't just run, they run faster, jump higher, dance deeper... What a pleasure to feature Paul Modjadji on Wedding Anthem!

In one sentence, who is Paul?
Paul is a son, brother, social entrepreneur and award-winning artist.

Briefly, please tell our readers a little bit about you...
I am the recent winner of the 2012 South African Youth Award in the Arts and Entertainment category and the first South African to win the European Star Dance Union world championships in the solo jazz category. Paul is a passionate story teller who choreographs, writes and runs a thriving entertainment/media company called Imvula Pula Entertainment. Some of my personal career highlights include scooping the Global Young Leaders Award from the Washington DC, Global Young Leader’s Congress and at home scooping a yearlong contract to act on etv soapie Backstage. Since then I have appeared on more than 10 television shows.

Can you please tell your fans what you have been up to and/or what's next?
I have recently been appointed the South African Liaison for the European based ESDU organization, where part of my duties will involve scouting for South African dance talent to expose to the international market. I am also thrilled to stage my first full on musical Rorisang & Julie with a youth theatre company I have recently formed (Dare to Dream Theatre Company). On the performance front my fans can look forward to my solo work, which I will be putting on stage sometime this year and a movie project I am thrilled about. I am also proud to launch my first book Keeping my core intact – the life story of Adelaide Matlejoane (an autobiography), which will be out in stores in August 2013.

How do you find a balance between what you do and who you are?
This is a difficult balance because I find my work taking up most of my time, both during office hours and at home where I do most of my writing and planning. My rule is to always prioritize family important events like my sister’s graduation ceremony or special celebrations. I think generally a lot of creative people find it difficult to draw the line between their public persona and their private person. For me what often helps me is to separate the two worlds, so when I am at home I spend time in solitude and silence, which helps me to reconnect with my true self. The industry I work in is a lot of times loud and requires high energy levels of personal interactivity, that when I am at home I value being chilled.

We celebrate love. Do you think true love exists? If so, Who/what/where is it?
I am a firm believer of the love institution. I believe love makes us better people and whole. As for where it is, I believe it starts within. I believe it's impossible to receive love or even give it for that matter if you have never been exposed to it yourself. Love is not something you find somewhere it's something you receive and exchange.

Do you think there is still a place for marriage in this day-and-age?
Though many people have become skeptical in these days of prenuptials and annulments, I truly believe the institution of marriage is one of the best institutions there is. When done properly marriage can be a good place for two people to grow and flourish within a secure partnership that offers security, support and encouragement. Qualities that have been known to nurture growth. I will always promote the institution of marriage, it is a sanctuary I one day hope to enter into myself. I believe in the principle of commitment in every life situation, from friendships to my work, to my commitment to stick to a healthy diet or a fitness regime. I believe our problem is not so much with marriage as it is with the concept of commitment. People want the freedom to do the healthy diet one day and to quit the next day and maybe decide to get back the third day and so forth and so forth. Most of us have quite frankly forgotten the good fruit often reaped from commitment.

Do you have a message to Wedding Anthem?
Being positive and optimistic even when your reality looks bleak can in its own change your future. To have dreams and hope is to live life knowing that life is an ever changing thing, and having the understanding that it can be dark one day and completely beautiful the next day. Because nothing lasts forever. We all hold the power in our minds to change our lives and attain the happiness we deserve, and it all starts in our minds.

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