It is no secret that one of the biggest hindrances to sustainable creative careers is financial instability.
The term "struggling artist" has become a common, acceptable and associative term when referring to specific artists as if somehow by choosing a creative career you are doomed to live a life full of sacrifice and struggle. Some individuals make their creative careers look effortless, from a financial perspective to marketing and branding etc. But how? The truth is they have mastered the business of creativity, they "know their worth".
We have decided to create an event that confronts, dissects and offers solutions to overcome financial instability in creative careers. The event will consist of talks, mentorship and a curated showcase. Here are the speakers who will be engaging on financial intelligence in creative careers
Freelance Stylist, photographer, film-maker and digital trend-setter Trevor Stuurman gained popularity when he won ELLE magazine’s Style Reporter competition in 2012. Since then he has worked and collaborated with numerous brands locally and globally. Along with his fashion and photography background, Trevor has earned his post-graduate honours degree in Motion Picture at AFDA.
High-end interior designer Donald Nxumalo ventured into entrepreneurship at 20 years of age when he was compelled to pay his own fees for his fourth year in Interior Design at Tshwane's University of Technology. A year and a half after graduating he entered the SABC 3 Win A Home competition where he was chosen as the overall winner. Since then he has collaborated on two collections with the premium textile brand, Hertex Fabrics, among other ventures.
Curator, Tastemaker, Street Culture Fiend, Visionary and Copy Writer Anelisa Mangcu is a maestro at concept development and coming up with ideas and consulting for brands. Having started her journey as an Assistant at ELLE Magazine she since then has worked numerous brands in multiple disciplines.
Milisuthando Bongela is the Mail & Guardian's arts and culture Editor. She is a multi award-winning writer, consultant collaborator and social activist. Having studied Journalism at Rhodes University, established the successful blog Miss Milli B, worked in fashion, trend consulting, music, art and film. Mili is the go-to person on Johannesburg's cultural scene.
Sindiso Nyoni is a Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) born, self-developed Graphic artist who has been described as a contemporary illustrator, activist, street artist, and multi-disciplinary graphic designer. Sindiso uses his voice to address injustice in a style that is incomparable. His work has been showcased both locally and internationally.
Nelson Makamo honed his craft at Artist Proof Studios in Johannesburg where he studied printmaking for three years. His work is strongly influenced by the candid innocents of children. Makamo has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in South Africa, France, Italy, America, Netherlands, Amsterdam and Scotland.
Join us today at 2 pm to 7 pm at The J&B Hive, 100 Juta street Braamfontein for the event.