HAAAAAPPPPPPEEEEEE!!!!!! Happy New Year Everybody.
Happy New year! Another year to win and do all these fun stuff. I hope your holiday was relaxing, easy and happy. I love blogging, like I really really love it. I enjoy documenting my story on this earth. In many ways blogging allows me to take a look at my life through a visual journal. Taking a look back at 2017 will help me align my 2018 to where I need to place more focus on and do more of or less of. I must say that all of 2017 has been good to me even though in my opinion I had not lived up to my full potential for the year. All the opportunities that came my way were nudges that I should do more, work more, listen to myself more and know that my inner voice is never wrong.
My mind can get out of control sometimes because I think a lot (which I am working on doing less of) I imagine a heck of a lot and it is so easy to get lost in it. I write a lot, I collect a ton of journals and the worst is that I get distracted easily (enemy of progress). In my mind this is written in past tense because those areas are getting worked on and everyday in every way I am getting better and better.
2018 is so special, I turn 30 this year. Now contrary to popular belief I am one of those ladies who always has been and always will be proud of my age. I have the gift of life, I cannot worry about the number of age I turn each year, I am grateful that I have another year to live that I can enjoy to the fullest.
I have drawn up a list of things that have inspired me over the year of 2017; People, Books and Film.
As the first post of 2018, on the 1st day of the week, of the 1st month of a complete brand new year, let us all make brand new steps towards our destiny (Destiny, it’s my buzzword for 2018 and beyond), no need for resolutions, if they worked people wouldn’t be writing them every year.
AFTERNOON EXPRESS APPEARANCE
Life has been good. I appeared on Afternoon Express to talk about my documentary that has taken me a long time to shoot and am still editing. Sometimes I laugh at myself but it is coming, it’s just that I have not shot and edited a documentary all by myself before, so as much as I missed my deadlines (they have been a lot) progress is being made.
SPENDING TIME AT GAMBIT FILMS
I will tell the story of how I met each and every one of the members of Gambit films one day but to mention some highlights; Daryne Joshua was my lecturer at film school, Travis Taute and Benjamin Overmayer were my neighbours at Cannes Film Festival ’15. I must say being at Gambit was one of those instances where life was telling me ‘Sometimes you may feel discouraged but I am not letting you go, so go spend some time with some genius minds’. So I did, I was taken apart and put together, I pressed the restart button in my creative mind and challenged myself to ask ‘what matters?’. It’s at work. I will eternally be grateful to Nosipho, Simon, Bradley, Ben, Daryne and Travis.
AFRICAN LEGACY PROJECT
Then there was African Legacy Project. Brainchild of my dearest sister Naledi Mosieane. We have been working on this project since 2014, we saw it come to fruition 2017. African Legacy Project is a 10 part documentary series that profiles and celebrates Africans in business. The ethos of the show is ‘Be Inspired and Build’. Build your legacy and your dreams to ultimately build Africa. The full season one has appeared on Fox Life and re-runs are still on. This was a body of hard work and love for Africa and its people.
TALENTS DURBAN CLASS OF 2017
I am so thrilled that I was a part of such a stellar class of young African filmmakers. Time flew, it did. We were taught, we were challenged and we built friendships. Such opportunities are gifts, you know? I feel incredibly fortunate to be flown, stay in great hotel, eat all the time and be around people whom I adore and appreciate, it just blows my mind sometimes how good this life can be. And all it took was for me to sit down and apply (and I applied two years in a row). That simple.
ENCOUNTER FESTIVAL OF PRAISE
Wouldn’t I make a great TV presenter? I love the Good Lord, my church Grace House Family Church held its Inaugural Encounter Festival of Praise concert. I interviewed Gospel greats, Donnie McClurkin, Tasha Cobbs, Kirk Franklin, Eben and Doctor Tumi, among the amazing list of guest artists. God is Good :).
TRACE CREATIVE WOMEN CAMPAIGN
Social media when used right can put you on. I was tagged by a few friends on Twitter about the Trace and the Gauteng Film Commission ‘Women Creatives’ Campaign. Five women were picked to shoot short stories for the Roots Music festival Trace was hosting. I have so much energy so I easily get excited, after we filmed and submitted, I made sure I enjoyed every moment of the campaign and I did. I had a blast! This opportunity was amazing.
Khanyi Dhlomo made a guest appearance on Real Talk with Anele. I watched her and for the first time I actually looked and listened. Khanyi Dhlomo is power in such a gentle manner. Her nature, her confidence and conviction of who she is, is infectious. I fell in love with her words and wisdom. I went onto her website Ndalo Media and their ethos is Positively Impacting Lives which then would make sense why they would name the magazine Destiny. This may not be the greatest example but Destiny Child is so prophetic and their last album together is titled Destiny Fulfilled, they walked in their Destiny. So when I appeared in the August issue, Women’s month magazine of Destiny under Power Players, I was thrilled. The magazine’s pay off line is Beautiful Powerful You. I want to make it into the magazine again this year, a full article on me and soon make cover page.
REEL NEWS ROUND UP
I started 2017 so well, onto a new platform. I was driven, passionate and had visions of having Reel News Round Up a fully operational production. I quickly learned the power and necessity of self-discipline. Long story short, she will be back, better, diligent and ready to deliver exciting African film to your YouTube Screens.
A SWEET MEMORY
This picture right here makes me laugh and gets me so happy. I was in first year film school, on a farm in the middle of nowhere, we were assistants to some rude third years. Our call time was 4AM and by the time lunch time hit we were all exhausted. I am the one with the purple socks, we didn’t plan to pass out the way we did but Alison our fellow student thought this would be a great memory to capture and it was, this was actually 2008. I love it so much.
I took some time to watch Inspirational content on YouTube specifically web series. Key & Peele, Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl and Mmabatho Montsho’s Women On Sex series. We all know what the power of the Internet can do but I was on YouTube for story Inspiration. What I appreciate about what these creatives did, they put their work out there fearlessly. They couldn’t wait for meeting’s upon meetings with potential broadcasters. They used their own resources and put their work out there in cyber space for people to see. They were Innovative. I especially appreciate Women On Sex by Mmabatho Montsho. Sex is such an unfavorable and sometimes one sided conversation. As complex as the topic on sex can be, the topic of women on sex is all the more a restricted dialogue to be had. The series has opened my eyes to how women are portrayed in some societies and how they are made to view their own sexuality. I stand for sex education. The scourge of HIV and other sexually transmitted disease’s are a very real reality and not talking about sex carries way more damage than talking about it.
I love how Issa and Mmabatho took matters into their own hands and wrote what they wanted to see. Social media allows for such liberty.
2017 was a good year for film locally and Internationally. I enjoy going to film festivals, that is where all the real gems are. Cinema Nouveau has good films that help bridge the time while waiting for films to hit festivals. Then you have your commercial films. I am a sucker for Marvel any day of the week. When I was at Durban film festival I watched the animation Liyana and met the filmmakers. A hybrid film from the minds of children that created Liyana, a fictional child character based on the experiences of the orphaned children of Swaziland.
‘Winnie’ the documentary I watched at Encounters festival, tore my heart to pieces. It should be at all schools as an educational tool. If we had female President’s, history would tell a different story.
‘How to travel in time: Read.’
Reading is a true escape. I read for knowledge and to be thrilled. These books have been a great source of energy and rejuvenation.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS
May we all find our peace of mind and happiness. Here is to a wonderful, favoured, blessed, easy like Sunday morning, Paris Nights and New York mornings kind of year.
Nthabiseng Nontsikelelo Mosieane.