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Morning Person of the Day: Ursula Botha

Meet Ursula Botha (@ursbotha), South African actress, academic, MC, explorer of life, and CreativeMornings/Johannesburg attendee!


What is your first and/or most meaningful CreativeMornings experience?

My best experience of CreativeMornings is when I’m listening and talking to super talented people that make me believe that anything is possible. Absolutely anything!

Describe the work that you do and the impact you’re trying to make.

I’m an actress, a writer, an academic, an uplifter. I believe in the power of storytelling. I believe that every person is the protagonist of his/her own story. It’s just a matter of owning the part you play in your story. It’s my aim to uplift others through the means of story. Whether it be through drama workshops, or entertainment, or research, or presenting. The aim is always to uplift others while having fun and telling a story.

What are your ideal conditions for your creativity?

My ideal condition for creativity is a paradox. I want time to stop when I create because my creativity struggles under pressure. However, nothing gets done unless I work with a deadline. Secondly, my creative child fears to be criticized. However, I acknowledge that criticism can be used for improvement or an opportunity to practice strength. Basically creativity is filled with paradoxes.

What would you consider your superpower? Why and how do you use it for good?

Smiling is my superpower. Especially smiling at strangers. I have made so many awesome encounters with strangers through smiling. It breaks the walls between people, it gives others the go-ahead, it has the potential to confuse your opponents, or to encourage a loved one. The most super-duper-power about smiling is that it makes me feel awesome!

Tell me something about yourself that I can’t find on Google.

I did two Transatlantic Crossings in the same 1920’s classic motor yacht that Meryl Streep acted in for the movie Mamma Mia. My favorite actress and one of my favourite movies might I add!

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