Three Years to Three Days

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It’s been a long road we’ve travelled over the last three years, and now suddenly it comes down to just three days; from thinking we would launch 2 November 2015, to actually only launching over two years later, we’ve truly experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. We are excited. Excited to see our dreams finally materialise. Excited about what we have managed to accomplish. Excited for the journey that lies ahead. Somehow, as I type this now, everything seems so surreal; as if it’s only been a few days since myself and Reece Meyer sat over breakfast almost strangers, just talking about an idea and how we thought we could change the world; and now I have the honour and privilege of calling him one of my best friends and business partner – they say that ‘friendship isn’t about who you’ve know the longest. It’s about who walked into your life, said “I’m here for you” and proved it.’ Over the last three years we have learned a lot about ourselves, lost old friends and made new ones, made countless sacrifices, put life on hold, and fallen down and scraped our knees only to get back up again and keep moving forward. We have no doubt that we still have a rocky road ahead of us, and we know full well the problems we still have to face; but right now, we are only three days away from launch and we know that is something to be proud of. MyBru might not be a success yet, but getting from where we were to where we are now is success in itself. I’d like to thank my family, friends, and each of you that encouraged and supported us, and I hope that you’ll all be downloading MyBru when it goes live. Until then, have a great weekend and we will see you all Monday!

Love,

Kal

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Empowering Creatives

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As a young South African entrepreneur and innovative thinker, I’ve come to realize that so many people have a burning desire to achieve something exceptional; a burning desire to live a life that doesn’t conform to any social norm – but somehow they get lost along the way.

Individuals in society tend to become too focused on the idea that they might not be enough to succeed, becoming so constrained by the fear of failure, that fear tends to prevent them from living a purpose driven life filled with passion; and funny enough, learning the art of leverage is actually so simple. When we decide what it is that we want, and discover the absolute beauty behind what we actually have to offer, we realize that all that stands between us and where we want to be is nothing but time and dedication, and the ability to leverage what we have.

It’s both a lesson and an adventure. Challenges will be inevitable; the question is, how will you allow yourself to react? Use your dream as your guide, your motivation as your companion, and your ability as your perspective.

Competition should never inspire self-doubt, and you should never let it. Competition is healthy and reminds you that people are watching. Study your competition, humble yourself, learn from them, and let their dedication to their dreams inspire yours.

Incorporate what makes you unique, free-thinking and individuality are powerful assets people have pushed aside. Finding your niche may take time, but the rewards are worth it. Develop your passion into a business, and continue by strategising ways to monetise. Having passion for what you do is essential, and growing that into an influential brand is entirely possible.

Be careful of becoming complacent. The moment you become complacent as a creative is the very moment you leave the door of opportunity open for others to come and make waves in your industry. Stay focused. Stay hungry.

A word of advice; not everything you attempt to do is going to work – and that is completely okay, life works like that. Learn from each of those experiences, and fall in love with the process – it makes for a great story.

We live in a constantly growing society, and as a brand you need to be able to adapt because change is inevitable. Something that entrepreneur Gary Vee said stood out to me: “I honestly believe the people that will succeed within the next five to ten years are the people who are able to adapt and capitalize on the opportunities in the mitts of complete chaos”. – @garyvee.

Commit. Half-arsed passion will not carry you through until the finish line. Make a conscious effort to become self-aware, take time to reflect, stay focused, and remember your dreams – authenticity will allow your audience to connect with you on an empathetic level.

The creative industry in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa is growing, but we still need to empower, collaborate, unite, and grow together to disrupt our industries even further.

 

written by: Reece Meyer – @_reecemeyer

edited by: Kalvin Sutherland – @iam_kxlvin

image by: Larry English – @larryephotography

additional credit: styleXposure – @stylexposuresa 

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Stylexposure Media Launch

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Last night’s event held by @stylexposuresa was highly inspirational, with speeches from several upcoming SA bloggers and influencers. Cape Town and South Africa as a whole can benefit from freethinkers and creatives who want to be seen and heard. We need more events like this that promote local collaboration.

stylist: @iam_kxlvin

photographer: @_reecemeyer

model: @iam_kxlvin

wearing: Zara Man, Topman, Hermès Paris, Daniel Hechter, Diesel

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