My interview with Kallie Kotze from Upstage Music

Hey everyone! So I know I have been neglecting you guys and I am so sorry,I just haven’t been finding the time to set up these interviews. SO if any of you have something that you starting or a project that you are busy with please do contact me and I will definitely set up a time and date with you.You will find my contact details in the contact section of the blog.

So her goes.

Tell me about yourself.

My name is  Kallie and  I’m the owner of Up-Stage Music. I’m a full time vocal coach and producer based in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town.

How did it all start?

Well, music has always been my passion – since I was a child. I was 11 when I took up singing lessons with a reputable singing school in Cape Town. I competed in various competitions,  performed regularly with various artists and started composing and writing my own work from about the age of 17. I started giving part-time vocal tuition at the age of 19.

How long have you had the school?

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Up-Stage. Before my school I was working in the printing industry, but my heart wanted to open up a music school to teach, We’ve only grown from strength to strength.

How has your experience been so far?

Rocky, to say the least! Owning a business is definitely not for the faint of heart. I’ve discovered the most difficult part of my job is the admin!(Hinting for a personal assistant). The plus side is that I get to do what I love- teaching. There is nothing more rewarding than to see my students doing well, improving and living their dream.

What is the greatest challenge you have faced?

I would say competition. There are a large amount of singing schools in and around Cape Town each offering their own style of teaching. I firmly believe that in order for a vocalist to become great, they first need to believe in themselves. So many artists fail in our industry due to lack of confidence or people walking over them, not giving them the chance to raise an opinion of what they are doing and why. Also, a big challenge is of course to offer students enough exposure. It is not always apt to have them perform in a pub! Family friendly venues are very difficult to find.

What advice would you give to others, who would like to start their own business?

Do your homework! I hear of so many business owners that just jump into a venture without thinking things through. I also feel that you need a passion for what you do. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it!You can!

How many of your students have gone on to be stars?

I currently have two stars that are touring Belgium as we speak! One of these students, Karla Christine, has also just released her second commercial album. Furthermore. I have had a few students that’s gone on to starting bands and gigging around Cape Town, becoming successful session vocalists for reputable SA acts and even a few students that have ventured into acting and has appeared in a few SA films and commercials.

What’s next for your school?

To grow, to dream and to keep singing!It’s a tough economy. I offer affordable singing lessons as I would never want to deprive anyone of not being able to afford living a dream! I am currently in the process of going a bit more mainstream with recording artists’ demo’s.I feel that there are a large amount of recording studio’s in Cape Town that offers their services to a selected few. What I mean by this is that the recording a song is expensive. I would like to be able to offer high quality recording at a fraction of the cost!I feel that every singer deserves to be able to afford a demo CD!

Kallie will be hosting Up-Stage Summer Concert on the 28th March. For more info lick on the link for all event details Up-Stage Summer Concert.

If you have any questions for Kallie or myself feel free to post in the comments section below.

Peace and Love
~*CoCo*~

My interview with the boss lady of Feminique

I want to start off by apologising for the late post, I know I promised to upload the interviews on a Monday but ; this week has been so hectic I didn’t even meet my own deadline, lol

I had the privilege of meeting the gorgeous Megan Morides at the pre-launch for her company Feminiques’ launch. 

Below is the interview I had with her.

What is Feminique?
Feminique is an all round service provider, for the fashion and entertainment industry. We specialise in: make up,hair, styling, photography and recruits.

What made you decide to start FEM?
My capabilities as an artist was constantly being complimented by people. My passion and drive for business was a major influence, I then decided to include the youth with the same qualities and business traits and formed FEM.

What are your business goals for the future?
Becoming national is the first goal before going mainstream.Feminique aspires to become a leading empire within the industry, involving everything in fashion, media and entertainment.

Is this your full time job?
No FEM  is my part time job , I studied business at CTI for a year and I have a day job.

What advice can you give to others out there, starting there own business?
Take your passion and make it work. When you enjoy what you do, the outcome will always be a prosperous one

Does Feminique have any upcoming events?
Next event is our high fashion catwalk launch on the 06th December, Standard tickets R100 and VIP R150.

Where can people go to see your previous work?
FembyFeminique@tumblr.com@moridesempire

https://m.facebook.com/moridesempire?v=timeline&filter=2  

What was the most difficult project you have ever taken on?
The most difficult project thus far is the launch event for FEM and our four years in the industry and the different tasks at hand.

The most enjoyable moments?
The most enjoyable moments are those when we connect with people and adding confidence to them as individuals creates a positive attitude towards life overall, and that is what FEM is all about.

What are your thoughts on support local?
Contributing to the progress of the industry locally and helping South Africa grow together

What is one thing no one know about Megan Morides?
haha, I’m a true lover of music and a really good dancer at heart and I’ve always wanted to change the world and FEM is just the beginning

 

    BELOW ARE SOME PICS OF ME AT THE FEMINIQUE PRE-LAUNCH

PEACE AND LOVE
*~CoCo~* 
    

My interview with Khanita Khan owner of Khankeepup

Today marks the start of my series of interviews with local entrepreneurs and to kick us off in the right direction we start with the fabulous owner and designer of the fabulous khankeepup Khanita Khan.

KHANKEEPUP LOGO

What made you start your own clothing line?
Well,as a kid growing up,I’ve always had a love for fashion,but fashion that not everyone will wear.My mom however never approved and when I passed my matric in 2011 my mom said I must study film and video production.First year into film I knew it was never meant for me and this feeling continued with me through my second year as well.Then mid 2012 I decided to prove to my mom that fashion is what I will excel in and what I really want to do with my life.I’ve always worked on music videos as a stylist and never as the DOP,scriptwriter etc.
Where did it all start?
Whilst being on film school I started my own brand called Khankeepup    and that’s when my first t-shirt range was born.It was sold to university students. As the year went on,I went on to social media advertising Khankeepup and then my t-shirts started selling in Johannesburg,when that happened my mom finally realized that my passion is not in the film industry but actually in fashion design and styling.
Well done,that’s quite an achievement,where do you get your inspiration from?
Thank you,hard work and determination play a huge role in my success.I’m not where I want to be but thank God I’m not where I used to be.My inspiration comes mostly from fashion icons such as Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe,that’s where my KKouturerange comes in and fashion bloggers from other countries.
Yes,without God we will stagnate and not move forward,what advice can you give to future fshion designers?
 True,the advice I can give is,never do anything for fame and fortune,you need to go where your passion is, never chase the money, if you love what you do the money will come naturally :)
How many ranges do you have and what is your favourite garment out of each range?
Currently Khankeepup has two ranges out called KKOUTURE AND KKOLLECTION.A new range will be launched soon called  KURVES  for the fuller figure women who dares to be different.My favourite KKOUTURE garment was the leather and faux fur jacket that was exclusive to khankeepup(which will be on auction at the FEM Launch on the 06 December).My favourite KKOLLECTION garment and one that was a big hit was the bodycon two piece dress.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                            

Gorgeous,how can clients go about purchasing your garments?
Currently Khankeepup does not have any outlets,but there is an online store where all stock is visible for purchase.www.facebook.com/khankeepup and Khankeepup.co.za
Customers in and around Cape Town can also come view the garments,they can contact me on 0789556274 to arrange for viewing.

Awesome stuff, where will be the next showcase of your garments and how can clients get hold of tickets to see it?
Khankeepup is featuring in an event called FEM,on the 06 December where our new range will be showcased.The event will be held at The
Bentley oyster bar and bistro in Claremont.Tickets can be purchased from Feminique R150nfor VIP tickets and R100 for normal tickets.

Khanita’s Quote:
If local designers supported each others talents and not see each other as a threat, our brands will go from strength to strength.Where there is unity there is God.

SNEAKPEEK:
This is just the tip of the iceberg of, whats in store for those of you attending the launch

Peace and love
*~CoCo~*