“The bravest thing I’ve done…”

Glamour (South Africa) - - Front Page - By eight South African per­son­al­i­ties who’ve lived to tell the tale.

By eight South African per­son­al­i­ties

Han­nerie Visser Food con­cept de­signer

“I be­lieve in do­ing scary things that push me out of my com­fort zone, and start­ing my own busi­ness twice did ex­actly that. Sud­denly, you’re not guar­an­teed an in­come, clients or work, and are re­spon­si­ble for em­ploy­ees, but it truly is the great­est feel­ing.”

Tanya Nefdt ENCA lifestyle re­porter

“While work­ing on a story, I agreed to be blind­folded and have dif­fer­ent an­i­mals put into my arms. What I thought was a cute tor­toise turned out to be a huge iguana, one of the scari­est rep­tiles ever! When I opened my eyes, I let out a shriek, but was proud of not toss­ing the poor thing in the air and run­ning away. I won’t agree to be blind­folded again.”

Ju­lia Tsile Model

“Three years ago, I went shark-cage div­ing in Dur­ban – 40 me­tres un­der the ocean. The guide tipped out the bait, and within 10 min­utes we were sur­rounded by sharks. They were so close that I could see their shiny dark-grey skin and, with the guide’s per­mis­sion, I was able to reach out and touch them. If I’d thought about what could’ve gone wrong, I would have never done it, but in the ex­cite­ment and with the rush of adren­a­line, I didn’t stop to con­sider the dan­gers.”

Danilo Ac­quisto TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter

“In Septem­ber 2010, I left my law stud­ies for the big bad world of me­dia, de­spite my par­ents ad­vice. I had no skills or ex­pe­ri­ence, and the fact that I’m ADD didn’t help, but I took the leap and au­di­tioned for Hec­tic Nine-9 know­ing that even if I didn’t get it, I was fore­go­ing my life plan to pur­sue a less­se­cure po­si­tion as a TV pre­sen­ter.”

Nkhen­sani Nkosi Fash­ion de­signer

“The two bravest things I’ve done was jump­ing out of a plane at 11 000 feet, as part of the sky­div­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that I gave my hus­band as a gift, and giv­ing birth. Both en­tailed not know­ing what to ex­pect and be­ing aware that any­thing could go wrong. I just had to have faith that it would all work out well and that the end re­sult would be amaz­ing.”

Chad Saaiman Singer/song­writer

“I quit my cap­taincy of Rygers­dal foot­ball team 11 years ago to pur­sue a ca­reer in mu­sic, even though I had the po­ten­tial to go pro. I spent the first year build­ing con­tacts and per­form­ing wher­ever I could. I now have my own la­bel and tal­ent man­age­ment com­pany with my brother, so I’m glad I chose my pas­sion.”

Takkies Maswan­ganye Chore­og­ra­pher

“My fear of snakes is so ex­treme that see­ing them on TV makes me hide be­hind the couch cush­ions. A few years ago, I was train­ing in LA when I came across a man on the street with a huge al­bino python, and I de­cided to hold it. It was ter­ri­fy­ing, but I con­quered my fear – even if it was just for a mo­ment.”

Ni­cola Breyten­bach Ac­tress

“Although I’m quite ad­ven­tur­ous, I’m scared of heights, so when I agreed to go hang-glid­ing dur­ing a hol­i­day in Switzer­land with my hus­band and fam­ily, I re­ally had to face up to my fear. I did it be­cause I didn’t want to be the only one miss­ing out on the spec­tac­u­lar views from the top, and it turned out to be one of the most ex­hil­a­rat­ing things I’ve ever done.”

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