I feel most proud of myself when I’ve done something that really means something to somebody. It’s a bit selfish, I know, because then you are feeling good.
Award winning broadcaster and brand influencer, Candice.
I think is the reason why I have a lot of good things that come my way because I’m trying my best to do what I can for other people. I don’t have the millions of dollars to spend, but I do have a couple of minutes to spare and so I’ll use that instead. I think it’s natural to feel good when you do it for others.
It’s I mean, selfish or not. As long as you’re not doing it for selfish reasons and absence right now, if you’re just doing it, you’re just being kind here, there and everywhere just to have that gratification back then.
In a former life, I was a singer and a poet
My family always laughed at me because for a person who is extremely shy, I always find myself in the spotlight. And I’ve kind of stopped running from it. But I actually am really shy.
I suffered from depression. So there was a lot of thoughts that I didn’t quite understand at the time because I didn’t really know what I was dealing with. So a lot of it was very dark. And it would basically be me trying to put what I am feeling down. I’d never go back and read it, though, because a lot of times when I did write just because of my extreme distress. But yeah. Writing did help a lot of the times. I think more often than not, I remember that after I put something down, I would feel like a weight had been lifted. I can’t quite describe it, but I would feel a form of relief. And before that, I would not be able to sleep until I had lifted every to get out. If I did have it out, then it would continue to press on me. I remember sleepless nights. I remember waking up in the middle of the night just to write something down. So writing it was my outlet and it was what put me. It automatically make you feel lighter.
You feel like you’ve spoken to somebody without actually speaking to somebody. And the nice thing I think for me about having to write things down was that I didn’t need to explain to somebody something that I couldn’t explain to myself, because it was very hard to say, look, I’m feeling this way and this is why I’m feeling this way.
Growing up in an African family that is considering you moody teenager, sometimes it was a bit difficult. So you can freely come out and say, look, I’m feeling like this because you have no reason to feel that way, but you do feel that way. And also was not wanting to burden people around you and say, look, I’m feeling really sad and feel like we really haven’t done a good job of taking care of you. All this is lacking because it really wasn’t their fault.
So, what do you do?
The core of my profession is communication.
Whatever area of what I try to do is all it involves is communication. So I would say that would be the biggest thing in communication with my peers. Communication with the nation at large because I am a newscaster and in education.
I love the fact that it forces me to know what’s going on around me. Even if I didn’t want to, I’d have to know what was going on a day to day basis. And that kind of keeps me well informed. In a position to be able to say things without sounding like an idiot, which is great. But also I think with the brand influence of it, it allows me access to a variety of companies brands locally as well as regionally that sometimes I’ll always think of the human face of things and I allowed I’m a large than come in and say, okay, how about we try and do this with the people and we do this and we build our brands this way. So it gives me that access, I wouldn’t have it if I didn’t do what I do.
I had a campaign that was running that was deemed beyond the skin campaign and I was working with a mining company and we were basically addressing albinism, but not from really sad and depressed point of view. We were trying to be very positive in everything that we did. I think that was really great. And the feedback and response that I got from a lot of people was actually really, really good. So it gave me I hope that, you know, not everybody is trying to feel bad about certain situations. They are actually people who want to do better, feel better about themselves and about the situations that they’re in. So that was really good for me, working with other people to create positive thinking, positive, I guess relation to something that people find to be difficult or they don’t understand or whatever, it must have felt really nice to change perspectives.
It was an amazing experience, especially when you then find the younger ones come up to you and say, well, you know what? I grew up in a society that told me I was disabled but after going through your post, after speaking to you, after seeing you, I actually think they’re wrong. And the minute you yourself start to believe that actually, you know what? There there’s nothing wrong with me. Nothing stops you from doing what you want to do. And so I think I I managed to achieve what I set out to.
What motivates you to keep going on difficult days?
The understanding that I’m not building anything for me. I’m building it for whoever I leave behind. And so it has to make sense. You know, if I have kids, I want whoever helps them out. Twenty years from now, you know, I’m able to help you today because your mother did something positive for me when I was at whatever point of my life that I was. So I’m building a legacy that’s not going to carry me forward, but will carry whoever I leave behind.
And what advice would you give for someone who’s trying to get into influencing our broadcasting?
I would say be sure it’s something you really want to do because it is difficult. It looks like a lot of fun. But it’s extremely difficult and at times it does get discouraging. But when the sun shines, it shines a bright. And once you’re in it and there are infinite possibilities of what you can do with your life.
Let’s talk success.
Success for me is being able to take my sisters of ice cream, you know, spend the day with them and not worry about do I have to put ABC together to make sure that I can do this or sacrifice something so that that can happen?
Success for me is knowing that I can build towards something, I can build towards possibly building my dream home. And it is something that I possibly can do. The resources are within my reach. I don’t have to. Continue to dream about it. It’s something I can actually do. Definitely.
What would you say is the most memorable moment in your career journey?
- I’ve had several. I’ve had several winning my first award was amazing. My job has taken me to a country I never thought I’d visit.
- It reunited me with my mother after. Over ten years, I never thought that would happen.
- And having somebody finish my name for me, like I’d say my first name and somebody would finish the rest.
Women that inspire you?
I am a very blessed woman. I have had a series of women play different roles in my life throughout. So currently, if would been the CEO of the company, I work for the radio station that I worked for. Suzanne. Because she’s set so many targets for us as the younger generation. She’s the first female CEO of a media house in the country. She is somebody who’s open to mentoring whoever needs her help. She’s not afraid to tell you when you’re wrong. And I’m afraid presuming you’re right. She’s absolutely amazing. But my journey didn’t start with her. It started with another woman in Tanzania whose name was Eugenia. And she just said, look, I’m going to train you as we go through the job and don’t worry, you will get it. And she will always reassure me. So I am a lot of who I am today because of different women have play different roles, particularly those to.
How do you support other women?
I support other women through my social media platforms. I often tend to advertise women. Sometimes I open up threads where they allow to just post whatever is that you’re doing. I try my best not to charge anybody, so. That’s what I can do in this moment and that’s what I do.
You’ll find somebody who basically sells fabric. You’ll find someone who sells clothes. You find someone who makes natural products. There’s so many women that I’ve come across in in my cycle in the industry, and they’ve all been really amazing women. The first brand that I ever actually worked with was a brand called the County. And she makes jewellery, handmade everything. She works with everything, beads, wood, fabric. She just does really amazing stuff with that. And are they all local or do actually like they open it up to just like everybody? This is a completely open forum. So I find that a lot of the interaction that I get is local interaction, mostly because of my proximity. But I do have people on my timeline who are from Tanzania, from Mozambique, and every so often they will drop a few products as well and create a very interesting train of discussion.
More About Candice
Fave Subject: English. It was really good at those and my teachers were great. I really, really enjoyed doing that.
Won the lottery? The first thing I’m doing is building my dream house and then I switch up my sister’s school fees and then I’m going crazy. I’m buying shoes, I’m buying handbags. I am buying whatever I can buy and I’m taking care of the people around to me.
What is the one thing you can never say no to? Cheesecake
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