#BeingACreative

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Today I thought that I would write a post about what it’s like to be a creative, because I don’t think people understand us all the time.

Creatives are dreamers… We dream a lot and we dream big! We can spend an entire day just dreaming about life, the plans we have for our careers, where we want to be with our careers. The problem sets in when it comes to doing…

Being creative means that we are part scatterbrained. It is built in us and it comes as a factory default. This unfortunately means that we can’t always connect A to Z. Heck sometimes we struggle to get from A to B?! Let me explain what I mean:

As dreamers we dream big dreams for ourselves. The problem is that we often dream so big that we don’t even know how to achieve the first goal in getting to the top. We know exactly what we want! We just don’t know how to get there… or how to even start the journey to getting there. And that is where we struggle most!

This often leaves us confused, annoyed, frustrated and downright hopeless. Why don’t our plans work out?! We will try anything to make our dreams come true. This often also leads to working our butts off, for free! That’s right! Free! Nada! ZERO moola. We do this in the hopes that maybe someone will notice our work and by some miracle “reward” us for our time or “find” us in our search. The problem is this rarely ever leads to anything, causing more frustration! Hence back to square one… hence restarting the free-work-cycle and so on and so forth. It’s a vicious cycle. It’s exhausting right? Now you get it 😉 Welcome to our world!

I feel like us creatives don’t really fit into any mould. Not rigid enough for strictly business, not quite loony enough to die for art, but just… in between. Like that movie – The Divergent.. Where that girl doesn’t really belong to any faction because she can see the bigger picture within the realm of reality.

People often mistake us for not having any direction in life, but it is the complete opposite. It is actually because we are so driven that we are willing to try anything to get to the top!

So next time instead of shaking your head in disbelief, rather encourage our behaviour, because one day it will lead us somewhere big!

Yours in creativity…

SmkClaven

 

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#Foodie Cont’d – Spiced Pumpkin Soup

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First of all I’d like to start this post off by saying… Who am I?!

Last night I decided to make a surprise din dins for my bicker buddy and I kept wanting to make a puréed soup!

So I raided the fridge and got into a “Pumpkin and Sweet Potatoe” frozen pack of veggies. Nothing fancy by the way just your average garden variety pack of frozen veggies from the local Spar.

Now I’m a lazy cook so if you are too, listen up ’cause these methods are boss! -Insert shades emoticon here- I put some veggies into a bowl and straight into the microwave for about 6-7 minutes… After this it was chopped fine and thrown into a pot with some water to simmer for a bit – salt and pepper to taste of course!

After my gut told me that that was enough I removed the pot from the stove and chucked the contents into a sift. Time to puree!

Low and behold a perfectly puréed soup! What even?! Then of course came to mind that every pumpkin needs some cinnamon, so in the cinnamon went and sprinkled on top for garnish.

Don’t ask me how this happened as I’ve never made soup before?! Not like this from “scratch” and with real veggies?! I was just as shocked as you are… and it was amazing!

Apparently I’m a sneaky little chef and I didn’t even know it??

Here’s to the not-so-perfect but well done first attempt – Spiced Pumpkin Soup! Note to self… It could have been a bit more soupy…

SmkClaven

MR DJ

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So this post should have happened ages ago but we all know what happens by this time… adulting!

Anyway starting from the top I am now a radio presenter on LekkerFM 98.3! How did I get here? Let’s just go back a little…

It’s late on a Saturday evening chilling with the family (no really. I know this sounds like a movie but this part is real) and my cousin brings up that one of her friends is a radio presenter and she just loves it! And I sit there thinking to myself, how on earth do these people keep getting work as radio presenters?! I hear of complete “nobodies” who work at radio stations all the time and yet it’s something I’ve always wanted to do but never got the opportunity to get into?!

Long story short I go on a Google hunt because if people with no training in entertainment can manage to land a job in radio then obviously so can I! After a thorough search I come across LekkerFM and low and behold they were looking for presenters! Needless to say I applied without hesitation.

More shortening of a story I got the job and am now one of the presenters at the station! IT IS AMAZING!! And really a dream come true. I work with an amazing group of people and I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be part of the team.

Catch me weekends from 6 – 9am for the weekend breakfast! LekkerFM 98.3

SmkClaven

Unofficial #Foodie

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Ok so I am by no means an expert on food, etiquette or really anything that says: “I know what I’m talking about”. But I do love food, like a lot! The tastes, the textures and even the presentation. See, I know something 😉

One of my all time favourite places to visit is Ana Paula’s in Krugersdorp. They have the most divine foods with the most divine flavours. You literally do not get better than this!

The above picture is of a half gourmet burger and half full house tramazini (yes I’m that much of a pig. Sometimes you can have your bread buttered on both sides). I’m not even going to try and describe everything in it, you just have to try it for yourselves!

And besides the scrumptious foods and drinks, you will enjoy the tranquil garden and hospitality from the owner herself. You literally feel the stress just fall off your shoulders for that bit of time you spend there.

And no this is not a paid advert, or a sponsor or anything like that. I just enjoy good food and excellent service and people must know about it. So you can expect more posts like these =D

SmkClaven

Castle Lager #MakeYourCircleBigger

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February 2017 meant Castle Lager Time 😉

It’s been just under a year since I booked my last advert – Maggi Senses and I was thrilled to be back on set! Not only just for the advert… but for the adventure as well – Cape Town.

Castle Lager was cast in Jo’Burg and shot in Cape Town and I think more than anything I looked forward to the taste of the “Kardashian lifestyle”. Flights were scheduled, a hotel was booked and a driver was appointed. Dinner and breakfast included, all expenses paid. This is the life!

What an adventure to be able to get flown down to one of the most beautiful cities for work. Thanks to the guys from 0307 Productions for making it such a memorable experience!

Final clip available on the Castle Lager SA Facebook Page.

 

Reality…

Hello World,

Today I have a bit of a different kind of post I want to deal with… a not so positive rant. A darker look into the entertainment world. So if you don’t like the “oh no I’m chasing my dreams and it’s not good enough” rants then I suggest closing this page down.

You see… I’ve only ever posted the good stuff on here. The positives and the wins of my career all in an attempt to look professional and like I’m on top of it all. For the most part it has worked. Most of you who see all the illusion keep congratulating me on every new-found success.

The truth is… you only see the tip of the iceberg. The few days in my year that are truly great and what I live for. But today was not one of those days.

Today was a difficult day for me. A day when I stepped out of my dream world and faced reality head-on. I’m 25, single, living with my parents, have an almost non-existing acting career and have failed at most attempts to run a side business. All I wanted to do today was run away from my problems, leave my life behind and start over somewhere else.

See no one tells you how difficult it’s going to be to chase your dreams and try and do what most people think is impossible. The days where you are unsure of yourself. The days where you have no idea where your next bit of income will come from… or the days where you have to do demeaning jobs just so you can stay afloat and chase your dreams.

Days like these I can’t help to wonder if I haven’t wasted my entire existence on this “dream” that actually feels more like a nightmare most of the times.

The only things in life I’ve ever wanted was to act and to be independent and those are the things that seem most out of reach at this moment. I can’t help but to battle with depression at times like these. Is it really all worth it?

When I look back at the things I’ve achieved I truly am astonished at how far I’ve actually come. But right now in this moment, reality is overshadowing my vision.

Anyway I thought I should just share something straightforward from the heart. True. No sugar coating. It’s not easy swimming against the stream. Especially not when you look around you and everyone else seem to be heading forward when you’re still stuck in a rut.

Just thought you should know that the highs are very high but at the same time the lows are very low…

Joy comes in the morning.

SmkClaven

 

 

 

Maggi Senses Shoot

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Lights, camera, action!

So Friday was the official day of the Maggi Senses advert and what a day it was indeed!

It was a one of a kind advert to be part of and to me, completely new. You see there was no script for this advert which means that we had to improvise the entire thing?! All I can say is, WHAT FUN!

Having that creative freedom really is amazing for an actor as we often don’t really get a say in the way things go in a scene. So being able to think outside of the box and as creatively as we possibly could was exciting! We thought of the most random things to throw in there and cracked up on a few takes, never knowing what could be thrown your way next! It allowed us to really bring Jack and Sandra alive as characters and make them relatable to the audience. I can’t wait to see the response!

Of course we were guided into the right direction by our directors as to not go completely overboard. And of course to remind us of the stories we made up, ’cause there’s no way to remember all of it for a repeat take all by yourself!

I’m excited to see the end product when it releases on the 20th of April 2016. So look out for our shenanigans and let us know what you think!

SmkClaven

2016 So Far

Dear Blog,

It has been a billion years since my last blog post even though I keep promising myself that I will blog more. I guess I should stop lying to myself and just accept the facts! Hahaha.

So my 2016 has been pretty good for my acting career so far! I’ve recorded voice overs for PostBank and Redbull in the meantime – with the Frank Opperman mind you!

Upon arrival for my Redbull voice over I was told that we were just waiting for Frank before we could start recording. I was like okay cool, whoever that may be… not thinking anything of it. We never get any information about voice overs before we start recording. Next thing the legend himself walks into reception?! I was like, WHAT?! I mean I watched him as a kid on Orkney Snork Nie and follow his career as it keeps expanding and they cast ME next to him for a national radio advert?! What a proud moment that was. I feel very blessed for having had that privilege.

Running into March I’ve been cast for another advert! This time for Maggi 2 minute noodles Senses. We shot the first part of my appearance in the ‘series’ last Tuesday right in the streets of Jo’Burg CBD. Part two will continue on Friday – 1st of April. I’m excited to get back on set and then of course to see the final product!

Also… I had a look back at all the major acting gigs I’ve booked over the past few years and they all happen in March! I guess it’s just a good month for me?! Lol.

I’ll do an update after my shoot on Friday!

In the words of Ellen: “Be kind to one another!”

SmkClaven

 

Brain Fart

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People! Friends! Compadres…

It has come to my attention that over the last few weeks people have actually visited this blog! -shocker, I know-

Which made me stop and think – “I cannot show the people such old blog posts?!?!?! There must be more!!” And so it has inspired me to write another post.

Not that I have anything to say in particular… Except for: I’m busy building my YouTube empire. Please go and stalk me there and help me get to my goal. If Suzelle can do it, then so can I!

Keep it real!

SmkClaven

Excitement in my Face

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For a long time now I’ve had difficulty as a freelance entertainer / entrepreneur, especially in South Africa! ‘Cause, where do you turn to? Who do you look at? Where do you find advise?? It’s like a never ending struggle with countless dead-ends.

Recently though I’ve found plenty of platforms specifically for South African content creators and that excites me! Finally I don’t feel like I’m alone, swimming in this massive ocean known as the entertainment industry with no guidance. Suddenly there is a world where there are more people like me and I have access to information and the best part is, they are starting right from the bottom just like me and we are growing together!

I’m talking about a South African YouTube community right on my front door. You always hear about collabs happening over seas and the amazing supportive communities they have, but whenever I searched for a community in SA, I found nothing. Till the other day!

I’m so excited to share a platform with like-minded individuals who understand the journey and can see the end result even when no one else can, ’cause let’s be honest… Doing it alone and trying to continually convince everyone else around you, eventually makes you feel like an idiot and you start doubting yourself.

Other than this new found community I’ve also stumbled across a web-series about the acting industry and it is hosted by professional actors! This makes me feel even more at peace with myself and the struggles I face as an actor daily. It just makes me realize that we NEED more and more social platforms for us to grow as actors, which in fact has inspired me again to write this article.

To access all this information, just go to http://saactors.rockthisuniverse.com/interview-page

To access the YouTube communities in SA, simply go on Facebook and search for “South African Youtubers” – there are loads of pages, groups and support systems you can join!

Let’s turn this industry on its head!

SmkClaven