I was always that kid that everyone came to when we were given classwork that required drawing and decorations. It wasn’t until I got to Umuzi, where I had resources and mentorship, that I realised that a career as a creative was possible. Using the Design Thinking process and understanding how to solve briefs, meet deadlines and being challenged to do something new everyday helped turn me into a professional creative. I’ll be going to my agency internship soon and I’m looking forward to learning more and developing my skills further.
As a black creative the biggest obstacle I’ve faced was convincing my parents that photography was a credible career path, I lost their support and was broke for over a year when I decided to quit my job to go study photography. Through Umuzi I’ve been able to understand the creative industry and how to apply professionalism to my work. Umuzi has also exposed me to some great opportunities and allowed me to engage with a lot more people than I would have been able to on my own.