Date of Birth: 16th September 1993
Where do you live? Hal-Balzan
Status: In a relationship
Star Sign: Virgo
Main occupation: Full time student at University of Malta
Media-related occupation: Actress, Singer, Dancer
TARYN MAMO CEFAI is currently a University of Malta student, reading for a BA (Hons) in Communications where she’ll be graduating in 2016. Her mother has always said that she was born to be on stage. She made her debut in the arts when she started ballet at Olivia Dow School of Russian Ballet, where she spent sixteen years until she earned her Advanced Level in Russian Ballet.
“I found my love for the theatre at the age of eleven, after being offered a scholarship by Edward Mercieca to join Stagecoach School for the Performing Arts. That was where I fell in love with the stage and the thrill of performing. I couldn’t get enough of it. I continued my studies after my A-levels at St. Aloysius Sixth Form when I decided to take a gap year. Having been accepted at Bird College, I embarked on a journey to London where I obtained a Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre. It was a dream come true. When I moved back to Malta, I landed my first role on screen in the local TV series ‘Il-Klikka’ which opened my eyes to the whole new world of media and the big screen. I’ve been very lucky with opportunities, and I try to juggle everything in my life to the best of my abilities.”
“Some of my local credits to date include Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Elphaba in Wicked, Nala in Lion King, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Dead Mum in Billy Elliot (performed in Oxford, England) and Princess Fuzzyfluff in this year’s MADC Christmas Pantomime. Of course, one of my largest and most remembered roles will be that of Sarah in the local TV series Il-Klikka, which ran for three consecutive seasons and is now hitting the big screens,” explained Taryn.
How did you first discover that you had a talent for acting?
Embarking on my scholarship at Stagecoach opened my eyes to my talent. Since then, I’ve never looked back and theatre has been my life. Singing, dancing and acting. You name it, I’ve done it.
If any of my readers were interested to try and break into acting, what would you recommend they start with?
I would recommend that they contact an acting school or teacher who can guide them in the right direction. Never give up, always listen and take in every bit of information or criticism you’re given. Confidence is key, you need to believe in yourself to succeed.
What do you normally like to do in your spare time?
Spare time is scarce so I really try to make the most of it. Theatre is definitely something I do in my spare time, but travelling is my passion. I would love to continue my studies in New York eventually and my dream is to travel the world and visit breath-taking places, such as Thailand, India and Bora Bora.
How would you describe your style? Is fashion an important part of your life?
I love fashion and I live it. Fashion is an expression of oneself and it’s a way of life. It’s art. Every day we make a choice to select the items we would like to wear in order to reflect our personality and mood. My style varies according to my mood, but I like to experiment with colours and new trends. I also love jewellery, especially rings. You’re sure to find my fingers accessorised at all times. The fashion world is beautiful and we shouldn’t let its negative aspects distract us from the original purpose.
“Fashion changes, but style endures.” ― Coco Chanel.
What is your favourite thing in your whole room?
My bed! No doubt about it. I have this special relationship with my bed and although I don’t spend much time with it, I know it’ll be there waiting for me when I come back.
Do you usually hoard things or regularly throw stuff out?
Well, I have a bad habit of keeping things ‘just in case’. I get it from my mother. People call it hoarding, but I call it thinking ahead!
Image above by Lionel Galea