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Nic Manshon

Hi, I’m Nic Manshon. Creativity, for me, started back when I was drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and entering Mother’s Day competitions for KTV. I always loved art as a kid and did it as a subject throughout my schooling career.  If I were to be totally honest, I never saw a career in creativity in high school, even though art was my highest marked subject.  Hence, I went to study personal training straight after high school and thereafter worked for Virgin Active for a while. Soon enough I realized that it wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, I believe nothing is lost with learning. After having these feelings to change my career, I started exploring creativity again. That was a good choice! The journey started out at CPUT, studying industrial design and serving at a local church, heading up the media department. After that, I got a scholarship for digital filmmaking at SAE. I never received a scholarship before so I was super stoked to do the course, not rea

Jolene Forlee

I was raised from the ‘typical’ Chinese family where you needed to be the ‘perfect’ child. No room for failure. I am from Kimberley, a small city where I could never fit in and felt silently judged every time.  

Back in my Matric year, I had a huge struggle in choosing what I wanted to do. I wanted to blog but had no idea on what. I liked fashion but was not trendy enough. I liked playing music but couldn’t make interesting tunes. I liked drawing but was too strict and sane. There were so many things I wanted to do but I just never felt good enough for anything.

So, I decided to study Architecture. Something that needed creativity but a little structure. I was then scouted by a fashion photographer and we had a shoot. It was one of the most exciting things that I had ever experienced! This introduced me to the world of modelling and photography, something I wanted to keep doing.

I filled my free time, as an Architecture student in Johannesburg, going to photo shoots, building my portfolio. I got discouraged for the past 2 years after being rejected from an audition and an agency. What brought me back was through a tragic hijacking incident. This made me realise that I was completely alone and had no support. I started blogging and filling my weekends with photo shoots, visiting galleries, modelling for events, creating events and going to events with strangers. It kept me occupied, numbing that pain inside, and building my so called success as a freelance model.

I am constantly wanting to expose myself to new experiences. I support and encourage those around me because I know how tough it is being alone. I believe that if you want something, you need to make it happen. I grab those opportunities that come my way weather it’s in my comfort zone or not. That is what makes me grow, pushing that tiny fear of mine and trying to not care at all.

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Photographer: Kharla Rose Williams (ig: @Kharlarosephotography)

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