She cre­ated her own op­por­tu­ni­ties

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - KAR­ISHMA DIPA kar­

AT JUST 30 years old, me­dia per­son­al­ity Roxy Burger al­ready has two decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

Over the past 20 years, the blonde beauty has dab­bled in and con­quered the worlds of tele­vi­sion, ra­dio and fash­ion.

Af­ter years of hard work, she cur­rently hosts two pres­ti­gious shows: lo­cal life­style show Top Billing and re­al­ity show Strictly Come Danc­ing.

She is also a pro­ducer of and hosts 5FM TV on YouTube, and is a celebrity blog­ger.

Burger’s dom­i­nance of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try be­gan at just 10 when she started pre­sent­ing M-Net’s then chil­dren’s pro­gramme KTV.

“I used to be a huge KTV fan, and af­ter watch­ing many Satur­day morn­ing Power Edi­tions, I de­cided that this was what I wanted to do, I just knew.”

But Burger, who was also a celebrity con­tes­tant on the M-Net re­al­ity com­pe­ti­tion Sur­vivor South Africa: Mal­dives in 2011, told The Star that this ini­tial ven­ture into the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness was a chal­leng­ing time as she had to bal­ance her job as well as school and her ado­les­cent life.

She ad­mits that it was her par­ents who kept her grounded and fo­cused on her stud­ies, but there were also some sac­ri­fices made along the way.

“It was stress­ful at times but it wasn’t re­ally a choice, as my dad made it clear that if my grades dropped at any stage, I would have to give it up.

“Some tough de­ci­sions to­wards ma­tric had to be made and I had to give up bal­let and mod­ern danc­ing, which I’d been do­ing for 13 years.”

Burger said it was her con­sis­tency and the rise of so­cial me­dia that helped her tran­si­tion from a child star to a now recog­nised leader in the en­ter­tain­ment world.

“I think the rise of so­cial me­dia was use­ful in show­ing peo­ple my love of fash­ion, for ex­am­ple, and evolv­ing away from be­ing a kids’ pre­sen­ter.”

She adds that through­out the years, she also learnt that “what’s meant to be will be, and some­times a job you re­ally want isn’t meant for you”.

With this mantra in mind, Burger is now tak­ing her ac­co­lades in her stride and enjoys all her TV and ra­dio du­ties.

“I en­joy them all for dif­fer­ent rea­sons,” she in­sists.

“I get to be my most cre­ative self when I’m pro­duc­ing 5FM TV, while on Top Billing I get to travel and wear amaz­ing out­fits.”

Burger is also a fash­ion­ista, and with her cre­ative style choices, she has of­ten made the best-dressed list at the glam­orous so­cial events she at­tends.

She reck­ons that it’s her own bore­dom which en­sures that she steps up her fash­ion game.

“I get bored re­ally quickly, so I like to mix it up.”

Burger, who is an avid blog­ger, also uses her plat­form rox­y­ to share fash­ion ad­vice and tips while also writ­ing about other is­sues close to her heart, such as de­sign and travel.

“I felt like I needed a longer-form plat­form to ex­press my­self.”

“I’ve al­ways loved writ­ing and even took jour­nal­ism for two years at var­sity. I pretty much write about any­thing I love.”

Although her sev­eral en­ter­tain­ment jobs keep her busy, Burger says she is most pas­sion­ate about her fam­ily and that she sets time aside in her busy sched­ule to spend it with them.

With such a hec­tic ca­reer, Burger is adamant that her fu­ture goals are to be happy and con­tent. “I think that to achieve con­tent­ment in life shows suc­cess.”

Her ad­vice to oth­ers who want to follow in her foot­steps is sim­ple: “Don’t com­pare your­self to oth­ers. Run your own race and be con­sis­tent.”

Don’t com­pare your­self to oth­ers, run your own race and be con­sis­tent

CARVED A NICHE: Two decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try led to Roxy Burger cre­at­ing her own path to suc­cess, hap­pi­ness and con­tent­ment.

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