A love that is music
Don’t you think there is just something absolutely magical about music? It has this ability to make us feel things. To put us right in the middle of a moment, a thought, a place. To get lost in our thoughts for a space of time. It has the ability to bring every kind of person together. To make a road trip a little more memorable, a dance last longer, a moment more raw. How could I not fall completely in love with music? With the lyrics of another persons open soul. Nature is filled with music from the sounds of the wind rustling through reeds to the crash of the oceans waves. Its in everything we do, constantly filling us up.
I always loved sound and I think studying Sound Engineering became one of those inevitable paths I was on. I didn’t know it at the time, having first taken a gap year after high school but I am so glad it stumbled upon me. During my time studying and over the last 7 years so much of what has surrounded me has moulded me into the person I am right at this moment.
I started out doing some audio work backstage for a big church in Johannesburg and from there went on to intern at a world class recording studio with a Grammy Award winning producer and SAMA award winning artist as my two managers. In the two and half years working at the recording studio I learnt more about the industry and myself then I thought possible. I had mentorship from two amazing people who never failed to teach me something new daily and I got to work with some really rad people who thought me what passion looked like.
My love for music just grew! From working at music festivals doing live streams, to OB Vans with so many screens and buttons I stood deer eyed, trying to put scripts together for a kite surfing event (A sport at the time I knew nothing about) and working on a travel show touring the whole of SA for over a month, the job that nudged the travel begin me a little bit further.
In my time in the Sound Engineering world I learnt multiple valuable life lessons, a few of which are;
* Nothing is impossible and there is a solution to everything. Sometimes you just have to slow your thinking, trace back your steps and then try again. It taught me perseverance.
* If you want a job and you're pitching to a client you have to be damn determined. Confidence and determination will get you further then you think.
* Travel! I wanted to see the world. Be on the road with people who inspire me, immersing ourselves in the moment.
* I developed a love for alternative sports. Strong, courageous people doing what they love and pushing the limits always. This taught me the valuable lesson of opening yourself up to new possibilities & to try as many new things as you can. Go out and do!
* You truly can do anything if you put your mind to it. I became a videographer, set developer, script writer, graphic designer, video editor, lighting technician, broadcast guru and more by simply observing and applying myself!
I think the biggest lesson I have learnt, after then drastically changing my career to marketing for global brand Converse, is that we are constantly developing and changing as we go. What you're doing now may not be what you're doing tomorrow but take your learnings and use them. Also don’t limit yourself by putting yourself in a box. Why just be one thing when you can be so many? It's not indecisive, its self exploration. Allowing yourself to have multiple passions is not a bad thing by a long shot.
Anyway now you know a tiny bit more about my background! I’m also hoping to have some festival work coming my way this year which could lead to some worldly travels! Fingers crossed and stay tuned ;)