A dream career and I just turned 20 years old. I couldn’t believe this was the life I was living. Call time would usually be around 5am.. Which means I had to get up around 4am. Not so bad when you get to do what you love every day.
Hair and makeup as soon as I got on to set. I loved every bit of it. I would always do this weird thing where I would talk to myself in the mirror or any nearby reflection just so that I could get the nerves out. Yes, even though this was not live TV, my nerves were still shot every time I would have to get out in front of a crowd and speak. (Yes, it still happens now)
I just simply tried to be myself. I mean, how difficult could that be. And it began… Take after take. Nothing seemed to go right. What was I doing wrong? In-between being so excited about my job, I was hardly eating.
It started with not eating full meals, and then eventually one full meal a day and soon, I only found myself eating toast and a cup of coffee for the day. I was beginning to become unhealthy, I started thinking low of myself, I had low energy and in turn, my performance on camera was not 100%. Its not that I didn’t want to eat or that I wanted to be unhealthy, its that I didn’t have the time. 8 hours of sleep in 4 days was eventually catching up to me. My skin became dry, my tummy would bulge when I ate normal sized meals because my body was not use to me eating so much food. I soon realised this isn’t such a dream come true anymore. Living out of my suitcase and having to adjust to different living conditions almost on a weekly basis became the norm. I missed home, I would be away for months, and the times I did end up coming home, I’d usually just sit alone and watch TV as everyone else would have weekly plans of their own. My friends who go to varsity would be partying it up every weekend with their college buddies and me? Well, I didn’t really have any friends, just a bunch of “fans and followers” who I barely knew.
I tried my best to adjust to the change, and taking control of my life was a priority. I started to pray and draw closer to God. There was one verse that really kept me going through the tough times –
Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
I had drawn strength from the people around me. My crew, my colleagues, my family. I can remember the one day I called up my dad and told him I don’t think I could do this anymore, and he just prayed for me and told me everything is going to be okay.
It got really hard at times but I realised that this is what it takes to reach your dreams. I have been so blessed to know some of the industries leading people and have achieved so much for my age. From TV shows, to magazine and TV interviews, awards and other forms of recognition in my industry, I just want to make an impact on peoples lives by doing what I love. It doesn’t mean I’m looking for attention and if thats what you think, maybe get to know me a little better (I’d say a weekly visit to my blog would be starters, lol)
From blogger to brand ambassador, MC, TV presenter and everything in-between, I cannot say that I hate my career. Being able to wake up everyday and do what I love is a blessing that I know many work towards.
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Images taken by Moments by Annalene photography and Nivz Photography
Wardrobe by designers JJ Schoeman, F.Wilson and Miss Boss Couture
Also featuring guest appearances by Shashi Naidoo, Thabo Bluebird (Bokamoso) and Zakeeya Patel