Business Trends: Who is Thabiso or can I say Diamond?Thabiso: My full names are Thabiso Moje but most people know me as Tlhomamo Diamond, with many calling me Diamond. I was born in Thamaga.
Business Trends: Why did you choose a career in styling, most specifically celebrity styling?
Thabiso: Well one doesn’t wake up and chooses to be a Celebrity Stylist. You start from the bottom as a regular stylist/artist and grow gradually if you have passion and drive for the cut throat industry. One needs to be exposed to the entertainment circles to prosper in this industry. You need celebrity clients who will believe in your art and skill. We all know the celebrity culture is not that prospering at the moment in Botswana. Only a few take branding seriously and hire Stylists, be it Fashion Stylists or Make-up Artists. I started as a Registered Cosmetologist and majored in Proffessional Make up, TV effects and Special FX.I strived everyday back then to be the best hence attracted a lot of artists, public figures and many other influential people.
Business Trends: How long have you been in the styling industry?
Thabiso: I have been in this game for seven years now.
Business Trends: What qualifications are needed for someone to become a stylist?Thabiso: Any person with the right skill and passion can be a stylist. You can still be a Stylist with a Political Science degree, we have Fashion Gurus such as the likes of Mothusi Lesolle who did sciences in school and still made it big in the industry through passion and determination. There are some Organisations to land a job in a Magazine or TV, a Fashion/Beauty portfolio is an added advantage. One can study Fashion and Design or Beauty Technology.
Business Trends: Which university did you attend?
Thabiso: I did Cosmetology with the University of Cape town.
Business Trends: Describe your normal day at work?
Thabiso: With me normal is not the word to use, I literally do whatever it takes. I deal with production (Special projects making, TV programmes, hair styling, make up, props and wardrobe among others. I also get to write articles for certain blogs. In addition, I get to do some work for the guild of celebrity make up Artists based in Johannesburg.
Business Trends: What are some of the highs and lows of working as a stylist in the local market?
Thabiso: As a stylist, you need to make contacts with PRs who will lend you clothes or even custom make garments for your client needs and it can be quite challenging as most local designers are not keen to lend their clothes. All styling jobs are pretty hard to secure. Doing make up, hair, fashion styling, prop styling for the fashion and entertainment industry is no easy task. Financially, it can be rewarding if you are focused. Life is full of suprises. You may have your heart set at being a fashion stylist or a TV make up artist, then after working on one project for several months or even days, you discover that the long hours and pay scale are not what you expected. In contrast, you may decide after working on a CD cover or a fashion sped that you like the fast pace and the styles for shooting print assignments is more suited to your creative abilities.
Business Trends: What kind of advice can you give to aspiring stylist?
Thabiso: For those of you out there trying to establish yourselves as stylists, start testing as soon as possible. That means doing “trial” shoots, where you work with a team who is looking to create their portfolio, and everyone works for free. Building a portfolio, getting experience, and making contacts are the first steps in a styling career. You also need to have a good eye, and that is something that cannot really be taught. The right attitude and consistency is key in this field. You are as good as your last gig.
Business Trends: Does being a celebrity stylist pay?
Thabiso: First of all one needs to be driven by passion. You must never chase money but work really hard until what you want pursues you. Yes you can make good money if you are focused and strategic.
Business Trends: Is styling industry growing in Botswana?
Thabiso: Yes it is now growing. More and more people are taking themselves seriously and government is also starting to recorgnise fashion and Art. We are getting there and I’d say we are getting there. For it to grow even further we need people who are passionate about the art.
Cell City rewards customers
Cell City gave away two Toyota Hilux pick up cars worth about P300 000 and three Hisense televion sets worth P15 000 each to their customers through their annual competition.
In partnership with Hisense and Orange Botswana, Cell City conducts annual competitions to reward their customers and contribute to citizen empowerment. Handing over the cars on Friday, Cell City Chief Executive Officer, Brian White said through the competition they want to satisfy their customers and give back to the community. “Cell City and Orange clients were given a chance to win either a Toyota Hilux pickup or a Hisense television set.
All they had to do was purchase any Hisense mobile phone from a Cell City or Orange retail outlet and fill in the competition form in the store,” said White.Thato Ntshabele, who won one of the cars told the Business Trends that she bought a Hisense cell phone worth P900. 00.
“I never expected that I can win a car. I was just filling the forms and dropped into the entry box and I forgot about it. I am so happy to receive this prize and I thank Cell City for this opportunity,” said Ntshabele. Another winner, Dimakatso Mmusi expressed his excitement saying he had always wanted a van and he is grateful to Cell City.
“I just bought a cell phone worth P899.00 at Cell City Railpark mall, I never expected anything, and I was just submitting the form as I was requested by the shop assistants. This car is very useful to me,” said Dimakatso.
Smecha chillie hits the shelves
For the love of food and the passion to apply modern technology processes in food manufacturing locally, Kgalaletso Mothoagae established her own brand, Smecha specializing in relishes.
She processes and packages chillie in 325 gramms and 1 litre bottles selling at P50 and P150. She told the Business Trends that she decided to process chillies as it is one of the products that are rarely processed in the food industry.
She started cooking it for home consumption and later started selling to friends and currently the product has gone beyond borders at South African Spar shops and Restaurants. “I couldn’t look for any other vegetable as most of them have already been processed in the market. It is my first product of research in the food industry so I found out that I can do good business with this product. This chillie is free from preservatives but still has extended shelf life of 6 months,” said Mothoagae
The Kanye born young lady studied food technology and has the passion to explore the food processing market in Botswana and contribute to reduce the high food import bill. “I wanted to explore more about food and use my skills to contribute to the development of the local food processing and manufacturing industry. I also wanted to supplement my income at the same time,” said Mothoagae.
She has a degree in Food Technology. She says there is a lot of potential for business growth as there is a demand for the product locally and in South Africa. “My main customers are individuals in homes, they have embraced the product, and they love the taste. There is also a market that has been secured in SA; it is available in several shops like spars and some restaurants”. In future, Mothoagae said she would increase the product range to 10 using various vegetables and flavours.
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