Young Lamar Munene, with his mother, Aisha Wanjiku

At 8 years of age, Lamar Munene is already reaching for the highest. He is a runway model, brand ambassador and an actor. I had a chance to talk with him and below is what the outspoken young star had to say.

At what age did you know You are an actor?

I knew I could act when I was 7 years old.

What was your first acting debut?

I started acting on TV commercials. I was on NHIF and Stanbic bank commercials. In both, I was a son.

How do you balance between being a young star and going to school?

On Monday to Friday, I am at school. On Saturdays and Sundays, I am on set for the ‘Junior Show’. They don’t conflict with each other.

Now that schools are closed, what is keeping you busy?

Our school is sending us assignments through an online portal. If I am not doing assignments, I am watching cartoons, playing board games, looking after our pigeons or having a good time with my family.

Do you miss school? What do you miss about school?

Yes…I miss my friends and my Teachers.

Who is that significant person in your acting career?

Moha – my director in the ‘Junior Show’. He helps me with my scripts and has taught me a lot on set, mostly to be a better actor. I would also like to appreciate Grace Kahaki and Phillipe Bresson of Insignia Productions for believing in Me.

Congratulations on being on ‘Junior’ on KTN. What is your most memorable moment at the show so far?

Thank You. I love being behind the scenes. That is where all the funny things that don’t make it to the screen happen .

Who or what inspires you?

My Mother, Aisha Wanjiku. She is always with me by my side and always tells me that everything and anything is possible.

You are a runway model. Tell me about it…

Yes I am. I have been a model since I was 3! It has helped me build my confidence which is mainly what is needed in that field. It has made me be the actor I am today.

I think there are young people who look up to you. I have heard parents say that they want their kids to be like you – What can you say to them?

Aww…thank You so much. You can do it. Just believe in yourself and go for it.