Zoe Brown is feel­ing good

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tener. What one should re­mem­ber is that on ra­dio, you speak into a mi­cro­phone; and TV is the same, you speak into a cam­era. You learn to con­nect with your au­di­ence, I learnt that through ra­dio”.

Ra­dio has helped Brown in many in­stances in her life. She ex­plains one, “Back in my var­sity days when I wrote a his­tory exam I was ex­pected to write a five-page es­say on the topic and I didn’t know any­thing. Thanks to ra­dio, you know how to talk non­sense,” she gig­gled.

“I was able to shmesh shmesh through that pa­per. I don’t know ev­ery­thing but I know a lit­tle bit about ev­ery­thing. I learnt that from ra­dio.”

The for­mer beauty queen (she was se­cond princess at the Miss SA Teen pageant in 2007) is also a voice-over artist and model. She is a mid­dle child, with an older brother and younger sis­ter. Her fam­ily is from Cape Town, but moved to Dur­ban when she was in her teens. She re­turned to study at Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity. Her par­ents still live in Dur­ban, but she says she has her cousins here to keep her grounded.

“I was blessed with a healthy child­hood. We went on so many trips as a fam­ily. I have a big fam­ily in terms of cousins and aunts. Fam­ily events like Christ­mas and Easter meant a lot too us in­clud­ing Sun­day lunches.”

Speak­ing at the KFM stu­dios, she says Sun­days “don’t feel like Sun­days any­more”, as she doesn’t have lunches with her fam­ily. If Brown had to change any­thing about her ca­reer it would be to have stepped out of her com­fort zone sooner. “I was vul­ner­a­ble in the in­dus­try and pro­tected my­self by shy­ing away from things.”

She at­tributes her suc­cess to her her sup­port sys­tem. “I’m not say­ing it was easy, but the fact that my par­ents, who don’t un­der­stand the in­dus­try I’m in, but still sup­port me, speaks vol­umes for them. My dad would lis­ten to ev­ery show I did when I was in the grave­yard slot,” said Brown.

When Brown is not on air, she en­joys be­ing in touch with Mother Na­ture. “I love the out­doors, hik­ing and go­ing for walks. I love food. I go to eater­ies and go wine tast­ing.

“To all the stu­dents, when it comes to hol­i­day don’t use it to sleep and watch TV se­ries. Use that time to do an in­tern­ship or job shad­ow­ing. A lot of peo­ple feel en­ti­tled to some­thing when they are done with their stud­ies. You need to start from the bot­tom and un­der­stand that you will earn peanuts. You have to put in those hours and be pa­tient.”

sinol­wazi.april@inl.co.za

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE

Pre­sen­ter Zoe Brown loves fash­ion, but is as handy with a tool­box and a drill as she is with a sewing ma­chine.

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