This friday night I’m MC’ing the event “Diner on the Wharf” at the V&A Waterfront’s Market on the Wharf. I’m super excited about this event, which is definitely going to be an amazing night of fun. With a three course meal, wine provided by Spier wine estate, a talk by senior winemaker at Spier Johan Jordaan and stunning prize giveaways, things will be very festive from 7pm. The cost is R200 per person, and you can book through “Go4Ward” Marketing & Events Company. To book, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them via the event’s facebook page. You can find the Market on the Wharf building along the waterfront right next to the Aquarium.
Recently I recorded our radio ad for Doubell Machines & Equipment (my family’s business). We manufacture brick-making machinery. Check out our website here: www.makebricks.co.za You can listen to the advert here, now airing on the Eastern Cape’s Algoa FM: http://soundcloud.com/dane-doubell/doubell-machines-radio-promo. The ad was recorded at the very modern studios of Algoa FM here in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa! I was very impressed with the newly-renovated studios; the whole place has a very chic & fresh feel.
One thing I can say is that everyone there is very friendly and professional, and working with them for this was easy! I do a lot of radio ads in Cape Town for them but had never actually been in to their studios here in PE at The Boardwalk. Algoa FM is The Biggest Commercial Radio Station from the Garden Route to the Wild Coast on 94 to 97fm. Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/algoafm. Taking a tour, I visited their boardroom. They have these gorgeous framed pictures of famous musicians on their walls and I especially loved these printed sheets of all the Algoa FM presenters under the glass of the boardroom table! Oh – I also thought the red couch was hot. I want one for my flat!
The past few weeks have seen me very busy here in the film & entertainment industry in Cape Town. Something I’m very proud of is the recording of a few radio adverts for Algoa FM. A couple were for companies situated in Port Elizabeth, including Greenacres Hospital and my family’s business Doubell Machines & Equipment. I also recorded some voice over work for in-store promotions at Shoprite & Checkers. And then one especially exciting one for my business, Skybok! Here is a snap of me in studio:
I finished up work for the new SKYYVODKA ‘Mix-a-cocktail’ iPad application. I recorded the voice-over for the app’s tutorial yesterday and I shot the tutorial itself (my hands guiding you through the app).
On the PR side of things, I was asked to cover an event for the couture label FCM, who held a Fashion Party at Club 169 in Longstreet here in Cape Town. They are a great local label. On the modelling side, I’m off to London tomorrow for Top Model (here are articles where I have written about it in the past if you want to know more):
I thank The Herald’s Weekend Post for the lovely write-up I received this past weekend about it:
When I get back to South Africa on March 20th, I’m looking forward to seeing my uncle David Aldo, who is flying in from Los Angeles to do a tour of South Africa. FYI he’s is a singer in Los Angeles who started out singing at the Polo Lounge in Beverley Hills. He has been blessed to have performed at such events as Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher’s wedding, Rod Stewart’s birthday and other private events for stars Jennifer Lopez, Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Robbie Williams and Janet Jackson amongst others. He was last in South Africa when he opened for Lionel Ritchie on his tour. His producer is the well-known Benjy Mudie, who was recently a guest judge on Idols SA – Click HERE to watch Benjy’s interview.
So things in the film world have certainly heated up and I’ve gotten quite a bit of work as well as gone to a great deal of castings and auditions in the past two months. One thing about being an entrepreneur in this industry is you have to keep networking and keep going out and creating your own opportunities. Getting to castings through agents is awesome, but you can’t only rely on them. You have to get to know what’s going on in your city in your industry, and make sure you are attending those events and passing around your business cards! You have to use social media to spread awareness of your brand and your services. Don’t underestimate word-of-mouth. You have to keep up communication with old contacts and build up relationships with new ones.
Create your own opportunities
Know what’s on in your city
For those of you who are wondering what a casting looks like, well this is it. In Cape Town, there are different casting studios around town.
I booked a commercial for Fortuneo bank in France which I shot two weeks ago – the product is a credit card. I really enjoyed it! Looking forward to more!
What I’ve also recently been busy with is shooting for “Death Race 3: Inferno”, the new instalment of the “Death Race” feature films. It’s directed by Roel Reiné and the screenplay is by Tony Giglio. The production company working on it here in South Africa is Moonlighting Productions (http://www.moonlighting.co.za/). My role in the film is a member of Olga’s Pit Crew. I met some of the actors starring in the film including Luke Goss and Danny Trejo. What great guys!
I’ve MC’d a couple of events in the past few weeks – one for a selection of up-and-coming designers in the “FCM Fashion Show” at the trendy ZAR nightclub here in Cape Town, and another for a Varsity College function. It was a group of students who were completing their final year practical assignment. For those of you who don’t know what “MC” stands for… it’s short for “Master of Ceremonies”.
I really love MC’ing – I love organisation and structure, so overseeing that an event runs smoothly is my forté! It’s a very rewarding experience. For fashion shows specifically, I love helping the DJ select the playlist for each designer. I also love the research aspect of each designer and their label – their influences, their target market and how they got where they are. I enjoy communicating that to an audience as the models walk by. The welcome is my favourite part of the event, as it’s my job to set the mood for the night. What really works nicely is if the organiser has something to offer the guests such as canapés, cocktails, gifts or a raffle later on. I must say that being part of these events makes me want to be involved with event management! Looks like sooo much fun (although stressful, I’m sure) You can view all the pictures from the events here: FCM Fashion Show and Cutting Edge Fashion Show.
On the modelling front, I recently did the summer shoot for the Longstreet Fashion Boutique here in Cape Town. I don’t think there is a more iconic street. They’ve just got new stock for their summer collection this season. One of my good friends, Nella Coetzer, took the snaps. You can clickhere and view them. What I love about the Longstreet brand is that it’s sassy, fresh, stylish & dynamic! It’s very colourful and vibrant..beautiful pieces for daytime. We shot in Longstreet and Kalk Bay. Shortly following the Longstreet campaign, I shot an editorial at a beach in Cape Town with local photographer Seagram Pearce.
So we’re at the end of the year and I must say I’m quite excited for season to start here in Cape Town. That’s when a huge deal of castings and auditions happen every week, as filmmakers – local and international – flood to the mother city and start prepping for films and commercials they want to shoot over the summer months and even into next year.
On the voice side of things, I did a great voice over recording in a place called Milestone studios last week and I have another one this week for MWEB. The recording at Miletsone was for a new website where people can book online for restaurants. A very cool idea and the project is called “Come Dine” (www.comedine.co.za).
On the modelling side, I have a photo shoot coming up for a truly Cape Town brand of clothing called “LongStreet Fashion Store“. They are shooting for their new summer collection. I’ve done a shoot for them once before for their winter stuff and I really loved the pics!
I MC’d an event at the famous “Baxter Theatre” Cape Town. It was a fashion show. See their website here: http://www.baxter.co.za/
MC stands for “Master of Ceremonies”. This means it’s your job to host the event. This includes:
+ Welcoming the audience
+ Speaking about the clothing they are seeing, such as where it can be found.
+ Pumping up a crowd when the mood drops
+ Ending off the event doing all the Thank Yous and saying goodbye
There were great South African designers showcasing their work – including labels like LoveValerie, MeMeMe, NoNameAttached, Monsoon and Sissy Boy.
We as the MC’s were dressed by a well-known, trendy fashion boutique called Michiko London.
The vibe was very relaxed – people coming and going between designers – and I preffered it because I was quite nervous!
It was nice to have a co-host with me with whom to banter and have fun. Together we enjoyed the space, enjoyed the crowd and in fact I learnt a lot about local designers right here in CT!
I found that I really enjoyed MC’ing/hosting. It’s good to do your research for this kind of job. Make sure you know all about the brands you are speaking about so you can be informed + give your audience the correct information.
Another thing I am learning about this industry….. you need a CONSTANT flow of energy! Your energy and enthusiasm in such an instance directly influences a crowd, so you have to constantly be radiant and up-beat as you take an audience through different stages of an event.