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Update on my Work


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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).

I also MC’d the SKYYVODKA Pool Party held at The Cape Milner Hotel:

On the acting side of things, I filmed a commercial for Thorpe Park Theme Park in The U.K.

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):

http://thestarlitpath.com/2011/09/09/top-model-worldwide/

http://thestarlitpath.com/2011/12/30/a-sleigh-ride-through-my-latest-adventures-in-the-industry/

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.

On the events side of things, I attended some cool events last month, including the Red Carpet Fashion Show at the The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay here in Cape Town and also the Xtraordinary Women’s Success in High Heels event at The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa. Here is a photo of me with my awesome goodie bag!

Success in Heels

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The J&B Met in Cape Town


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Okay so  the last 2 weeks have been crazy. I did the 8 hour road trip back from my hometown Port Elizabeth seem to have been running around since then. Something I went to last weekend which was a cool event here in Cape Town was called the J & B Met. It’s a horse-racing event where gambling and fashion meet. There are hundreds of people who attend, to show off innovative garments and to place bets on the horses.

My uncle Pierre Strydom was one of the jockeys. He did very well on the day – he placed in three races and and had one win. The horse he rides is ‘Gimmethegreenlight’ – number 15 – and he came 3rd in the main race! So I was very proud.

My outifit was given to me by the very popular Longstreet Fashion Boutique. And let me tell you, walking around in those heels was another story (the price us girls pay!)

It was a lot of fun! We arrived after lunch and left at about 7pm. I made a few bets (it pays to have an uncle in the know) and won! so I walked away with a smile on my face. Work wise, I’m doing a job for a SKYY Vodka application on the iPAD where my hands and voice will be used for the tuturiol of their new ‘Mix-a-cocktail’ application. Hmmm, sounds fun!

Talking about my voice, I recently did a radio advert for Axe Deodrant.

As you may or may not know, the Axe campaign is “It Will Make Angels Fall”

I read somewhere that this commercial was banned in many countries (including South Africa) because Christians were offended at its satirical nature. They said that angels aren’t depicted in the Bible as scantily dressed or even female for that matter. One male Christian viewer wrote in that he was upset by “the suggestion that God’s messengers could literally fall for a man on the basis of his shop-bought fragrance.” Because of this, the country’s Advertising Standards Authority moved  to ban the ad on the presumption that other viewers would also be offended. “The problem is not so much that angels are used in the commercial, but rather that the angels are seen to forfeit, or perhaps forego their heavenly status for mortal desires,” the ASA ruled. “This is something that would likely offend Christians in the same manner as it offended the complainant.”

On the acting scene, I’m shooting a commercial Monday for the very popular Thorpe Park, U.K. It’s regarded as being amongst the Top 6 amusement / theme parks in the U.K. It’s the nation’s ‘Thrill Capital’ with over 30 extreme rides & attractions.

My last experience of a theme park was in Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City. I remember going on the ‘Golden Loop’ and I was terrified! I’m doing this shoot in a bikini, so here’s putting all the Quality Streets I have stashed in my kitchen away 🙂 Think of me this weekend as I rediscover the glories of the Virgin Active’s ‘Stepper’

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On-Goings in the Film Industry


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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.

  • Network
  • Create your own opportunities
  • Know what’s on in your city
  • Research
  • Business cards
  • Social Media
  • Communication
  • Relationships

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.

Casting

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”.

Tamika Doubell

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.

Tamika Doubell

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 click here 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.

Tamika Doubell

Blonde Hair Longstreet Cape Town

Windswept Cape Town

Sunset Beach Cape Town