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James Bond keen on South Africa


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Here’s a bit of exciting news, to illustrate to you how much international filmmakers are interested in this country… According to reports the filming of the 23rd James Bond movie has not been going well in India. It has faced many difficulties shooting there; some that have to do with permits for filming in certain areas. So producers have put forward Cape Town as the alternative location for the filming! Our city is more than happy to oblige of course, with the Cape Film Commission chief executive, Denis Lillie, saying “Cape Town welcomes James Bond whenever he decides to visit us”. Cape Town is a very picturesque city, with international stars such as Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds spending lots of time here (I have even seen them out!) According to Yahoo! News, South Africa has also been named for a local franchise of the popular American and British television show Law & Order! Come & travel Cape Town.

Creative Inspiration

Pointers for the Entrepreneur


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I attended a fantastic evening recently with Xtraordinary Women held at The Bromwell in Woodstock. On arrival everyone received a welcome cocktail and soup with crostini. The aim of the night was to share, collaborate, inspire and network. The Bromwell is a 1927 hotel restored to its former glory… they have renovated it to an art gallery wherein 16 rooms showcase and sell luxury items including art and sculpture, bags and accessories, jewellery and fashion. There’s also a charming European style café inside. As an entrepreneur, it’s very encouraging listening to the stories of others who are too. It’s invaluable hearing their advice on how they started their businesses, built their brands, managed their time, sourced their own clients and reaped the maximum rewards. Here are some of the awesome tips I soaked up from speakers.

  • Everyone starts somewhere
  • Don’t get discouraged if it isn’t happening in the time frame you think it should
  • Keep work within normal business hours (hard when you are self-employed)
  • Strange is good!
  • Figure out your personal ‘flow’
  • You can’t innovate if you’re exhausted
  • Everyone needs constant inspiration. Discover what this is for you!
  • Collaboration is key
  • Know the difference between production + creative work
  • Look to those you admire and use their influences
  • Make your workspace your own
  • Be intentional on social media
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Get business cards printed regularly
  • Don’t be shy to market and promote your business and services
  • Network and wear heels doing it!
  • Remember to refresh your online platforms regularly
  • Interaction with readers goes a long way

Speakers included 

Nicky Abdinor

Nicky was born without arms and with shortened legs. Her talk was especially inspiring as she spoke about her journey through life – despite her disability she went to a normal school, studied at university and has infact obtained her Master’s degree in clinical psychology! Her talk was about how to show people to see past the disabilities and see the ABilities of women like her!

Adelaide Potgieter

She is a woman who, at just 21 with no money and a car that could not reverse, had a dream to start an Ad Agency with full services including events, radio and TV. Her family thought she was mad, but her eccentric personality saw her winning over some of South Africa’s richest businessmen who bought her pitch and helped her land a huge account. Today her company is one of the biggest in the country and specialize in Marketing Strategies and PR Campaigns

Karina Anderson

After landing in South Africa from Denmark at a very young age, a failed relationship and a car accident killing the father of her children led her to a deep depression and almost no hope. One day she turned that all around when she became inspired to start a foundation for people like her to attend workshops and go on a journey to discover who they really are and how they can change their lives. She published a book called ‘The Responsible Individual’ wherein she addresses some key questions everyone shoul investigate about themselves and their lives. She goes around with a team of 35 to prisons in South Africa to hold these motivational talks and workshops for innmates

Donna McCallum

The self-professed ‘Fairy Godmother’ has given motivational talks to some of the country’s biggest firms (including Estee Lauder, Nedbank and Sun International) encouraging one to set clear goals and not be afraid to go after them. She helps you through her talks, workshops and 12-week online programmes. She shows you how to take the right steps to define what it is you truly want, set those goals and figure out what you need to do to get them. Often people don’t really know what they want and when they don’t get it they complain – her aim is to encourage you to ASK the universe and learn to live a life ON PURPOSE. She has given talks in Europe and the U.S. and has recently published a book in South Africa called ‘The Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Getting What You Want’!

Cover Photo: Death To The Stock Photo

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Women Empowerment


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This week I’m going to a superb event called “Success in Heels”. It’s all about women empowerment and how to be a dynamic, successful woman in today’s world. The line-up includes female guest speakers who will talk about living your life on PURPOSE and dreaming BIG! I look forward to hearing from these women, each of whom are powerhouses in this country. From business moguls to publishers to entrepreneurs to qualified psychologists….The evening will not disappoint! I’m all about women doing it for themselves, and this event falls on the first of spring here in South Africa. What better way to welcome in renewal, growth, warmth and colour to our lives? Owning your own business is fun. I get to work in my pajamas if I want, I can take a vacation whenever I can afford it and I can take on the clients that fit well with my personality. Those are often things that don’t happen at an office job. But with an office job comes more stability. A lot of that disappears the minute you decide to be your own boss. It’s your job to bring in the money, clients and meetings. Here’s different ways on how to get the work you need if you are an entrepreneur:

  • Organic/Search: People find you searching for what they need whether that’s on Google or another site like Dribbble or another portfolio site. It’s a great way to get a client since you’re not really doing much work but it can also lead to projects that don’t really connect with you since you were passive in the formation of that relationship.
  • Referral: Someone that you know professionally or personally has referred someone to you. I’ve just recently begun discounting services when a potential client might have a great list of contacts. If you’re my client and provide me with 5 individuals or small businesses that might want to work with me, it’s very worth it to provide a discount.
  • Social Media/Blogging: A potential client might get to know you on Twitter or on your website/ blog before they decide to work with you.
  • Relationships: We know the client (and in-person) first. This includes past colleagues, people we went to school with or friends/family. While these projects come about from a very reliable source, they also tend to be less lucrative. You end up giving people you know discounts or you get a little lazy when it comes to signing contracts. As time as gone on, you should end up doing less and less projects for friends and family.
  • Pursuing the Client: This is a situation where you reach out, connect and then offer ways in which you believe you can work together.

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My Life in Africa

Starstruck


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My work has led me to a lot of amazing people. I’ve loved learning from their stories.

❤ My Work, Microphone

MC’ing at the Baxter Theatre


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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
Speaking to the crowd

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!

Tamika Doubell and Laurian Nortje Kabongo

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.

Tamika Doubell and Laurian Nortje Kabongo

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.

❤ Africa, My Life in Africa

Ard Matthews & Friends Benefit Concert


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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.