Media Personality Tumi Voster
You started out in the entertainment industry as a child. How did you get your first big break?
It was in a Jet advertisement at the age of 13. Two years later, I entered YO-TV Quest for Fame – a national search competition. That’s when my love for entertainment grew. At the time, it was just something that seemed to be fun. Joining the YO-TV family was absolutely amazing. That was the foundation of my entertainment career.
How have you sustained your passion for the industry for more than a decade?
My stint at YO-TV taught me professionalism and to work hard. Although we were child stars, we were trained to handle all types of broadcasting, from live TV to scripted shows and writing our own scripts. I then developed a keen interest in radio.
I was also on the HDI Youth Marketeers’ Junior Board of Directors, working with kids’ brands. From there, I realised that the industry was my calling.
How did you switch from TV to radio?
We’d go to YFM for interviews and I liked radio – unlike
TV, it’s more about you and the mic, instead of lots of cameras. I loved that relaxed period, from 2011-2014. Later, when I was studying marketing and communication at the University of Johannesburg, I did a brief stint on UJ FM reading the news. However, I wasn’t content being a newsreader and started exploring other avenues. I put together a demo for YFM. They then tried me out on air and gave me my first proper job on radio. A few years later, I moved to 5FM.
Tell us about your Girl Power initiative.
I believe that your purpose is bigger than you are and should not only change your life, but impact the world around you. Through the entertainment industry and building my brand, my purpose is to talk to young women. That’s how the empowerment network Girl Power series came about.
Because of what life’s given me, I’m in the right place to share what I’ve learnt from my own journey.
This is the perfect time to empower young women. We’re living in a beautiful age when women can be anything and everything they want to be. We have no limitations. We need to continue empowering not only ourselves, but all the women around us – that way, we’ll effect change in society. We need to develop ourselves and others, continue learning and be driven. One woman’s success shouldn’t stop with herself.
Sometimes, women are very apologetic for their success or for their dreams and goals. I’m encouraging them to go out there, kick all the doors down and break the boundaries.
“Because of what life’s given me, I’m in the right place to share what I’ve learnt from my own journey.”