Ur­sula Chikane

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents -

What is the most im­por­tant les­son you’ve learnt in your ca­reer? If things are go­ing badly, find a way to breathe and work through them, but if the sit­u­a­tion doesn’t im­prove, and your health and sense of self are un­der threat, change course. Then, when you find where you be­long, com­mit fully.

What is the im­por­tance of fam­ily? Fam­ily will do what no­body else will do for you! Above all, I’ve learnt to value my par­ents and their un­end­ing wis­dom.

Ad­vice for tough times? Con­fronting wrong­do­ers was never my thing, but now that I’ve paid my dues and learnt tough lessons, I make it nearim­pos­si­ble for any­one to ex­ploit my time and rep­u­ta­tion. My ad­vice: keep your head in the game, your nose clean and side-step the drama.

What are your thoughts on the en­ter­tain­ment world right now? The game has changed to­tally! There are still shows with a pre-mil­len­nium gen­der stance (ones where women are eter­nally in­ex­pe­ri­enced, gig­gling Ger­ties), but there are so many fierce di­rec­tors, singers, ac­tors, dancers and writ­ers who own their fe­male great­ness. And while fe­male sports com­men­ta­tors re­main rare, I en­joy watch­ing the likes of Kass Naidoo roll out their own wel­come mats and open op­por­tu­ni­ties for other women.

What is your mes­sage to young women? Don’t get trapped where you don’t be­long; find your place and rea­son to ex­cel. Don’t ex­ile your am­bi­tions out of fear, take chances on your­self, and be ready to try and fail, and try again. What­ever your in­dus­try, it’s im­por­tant to get past re­jec­tion and to move for­ward. Some­times, what oth­ers think of you is far less im­por­tant than what you think of them. Al­low them their opin­ions, then en­joy their re­ac­tions when they find out who you re­ally are!

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