This year, I finally stopped procrastinating and achieved a goal of mine: conducting my own workshop!
I feel I’m in a very privileged position to have been allowed to accumulate all this information stored in my brain. As such, I also recognize that the way that access is set up, I’m one of few and therefore have an obligation to pay it forward.
This September, I finally teamed up with a few friends in the industry and hosted my first workshop. The topic was: Artist Management and PR.
In my time as an Entertainment Journalist, I realised that most acts don’t get as much coverage as they could because their team doesn’t know how to effectively communicate with media. This was my attempt at bridging the gap.
Only a small group of managers (emerging and established) showed up in person – ironically, none of them were from our collective pool of a few thousand followers. It was interesting to see that people who badger us for free information online not take the opportunity to receive more. But it was the perfect group of students: people with a genuine passion and who understand the value of the information on the table.
I will absolutely be doing it again – once I can afford to!
We are back with a peek in to my real life! In this vlog, I bring you guys along for a typical day of an independent Content Creator. This is from an interview I recently did for ZAlebs.com in July with South African artist, Tshego. It was a great interview and I was happy too meet my bitso, bathong!
But this vlog isn’t about him. In this vlog, I wanted to share the realities of Content Producers in South African media. It is not glamorous, most publications really can’t afford all the costs that come with video production for every celebrity interview. It is not easy to get the budget approved, never mind actually execute but I always try my best to deliver quality content.
I am a one-woman shooting and editing team for the most part. This means I don’t have interns doing this shit for met as yet. It involves a lot of carrying and gazataing equipment to get the final product and file that invoice.
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I’m continuing with the vlogs and this time I’m taking you on a fun day with my now retired Drunk Me.
This vlog is about a very very very drunk day in Cape Town in May of 2018. I thought I lost these files but I somehow managed to find the footage and it was honestly comedic gold and I had to share.
The basic synopsis is that on a visit to my now ex-boyfriend, I drank a few bottles of free wine at the SMAC Gallery exhibit opening and then got lit off my ass on free flowing Greygoose White Russians at the now shut down Corner Store CPT. I’m actually still highly fucking upset about losing this gem of South African street culture so I guess this is my way of archiving it, you know?
In this one, you get to experience my taste in art, my sense of humour and drunk me in one 6 minute vlog! As I said, this is old footage from May 2018 so please don’t ask me too many details about the cool stuff – but I can point you in the direction of some of the brands mentioned.
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Well, here we go! First proper post on the new channel and blog. A few weeks ago I was so stuck mentally, emotionally and spiritually that I was 78 meters below sea level within m’gowo! Pressing the Publish button on this one is already the biggest achievement for me because it is literally step one on a whole new chapter and that’s exciting.
My first vlog is a bit of a quickie but still a goodie! This is a short little vlog about when I got to speak at the Creative Women Hookup earlier this year in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The CWHU is a small event hosted by emerging female-focused platforms, Melenial Magazine and Twenty and Co. The event happens about 4x a year, each time inviting some inspiring Womxn to come speak about their work. I was obviously so honoured to be chosen to speak with women who I’ve personally followed since high school!
The theme for the day was the “Business of Content Creation” and I got to speak on a panel with Caron Williams. We got to speak about the realities of profiting off of your own content in the South African context today. I didn’t manage to get a lot of footage because it was also a day where I was within the pits of mihlolo but I still had a lovely time! Best part was how the Melenial team decided to surprise Sunshine and me with birthday cakes!
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