DAY JOB: SIDE HUSTLE:
SHOES, BOTH ZARA.
Making clothing and having my own label has always been a dream of mine. It never felt realistic so I did the normal thing and got a job I didn’t love just to pay the bills. I then got wind of an opportunity in the film industry and, since I only ever wanted to work in creative environments, I jumped at it. I started as a receptionist and worked hard and climbed the ladder until I became a production manager and stylist. In 2009 I was retrenched. I should have been fearful but instead I felt unbelievably grateful for the time I now had to find my ultimate bliss. While looking for work I taught myself to sew. It was tough but I was determined. I can remember a time I used my last R5 to buy a metre of fabric and made a pattern from an existing tank top and stitched it by hand. A friend liked it and bought it for R20 and told more of our friends.That was an empowering moment for me – making a way instead of waiting for someone to make it for me.
A year later a clothing retailer requested an interview with me for a visual marketing position and, with a little pressure from my family and the need for financial stability, I took it.The hours were intense and the work hard but I could only use this as a means to an end. I kept sewing and building up more customers, teaching myself more and more about the physical craft of design. Being a designer was all I wanted and I never wavered or settled. After two years I left the company and started my own business, Gorejous. It was one of the toughest times in my life but without that hustle I would not be who or where I am today.