Hello from Gauteng! I’m currently up in Johannesburg after a crazy four days in Durban at the Travel Indaba for Skybok. This weekend my brother and I went for an ice cream at the famous Nelson Mandela Square in the Sandton City Mall. The name ‘Sandton’ is derived from a combination of Sandown and Bryanston. In less than 30 years, Sandton has become the most significant business and financial district in South Africa. It’s home to approximately 300 000 residents and 10 000 businesses including investment banks, top businesses, financial consultants, the Johannesburg stock exchange and one of the biggest convention centres on the African continent, the Sandton Convention Centre. I loved the Nelson Mandela statue in the centre of the square.
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
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.
Wow… so glad I bought a ticket! What an awesome night for R150 — and it’s going to charity!
The benefit concert was in aid of the My Life Foundation, for people with special needs.
The concert featured a key South African musician who has served as lead vocalist and founder of the band Just Jinjer, Ard Matthews, along with other equally inspiring artists including D7, Zolani from Freshly Ground, Louise Day, Jack Parow, and Laudo from aKing
The Upper East Side Hotel in Woodstock was the venue …and the verdict? — very chic!
The Wings Group were giving away Riesen chocolate for a small donation.
There were DJ’s there from a local radio station called “2OceansVibe”…. They were awesome guys and gave me a chance to take-over the mic live on air!
I used to be a Radio DJ at my university’s radio station – the University of Cape Town’s “UCT RADIO”- so I wasn’t too shabby as I spoke about the event on air.
The evening was organised by the Little Black Book PR & Events Group.