Exit In­ter­view:

Me­dia Per­son­al­ity Tumi Voster

Destiny Man - - CONTENTS -

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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.