Wow, indeed an experience I had thoroughly enjoyed from start to end. And to only think that I was not going to enter this competition. I was fortunate enough to make it all the way through to the finals and be a part of the top 6 of the competition but more specifically the top 3 guys! For all those that were doubting whether or not to enter the competition – I was really close at not entering too! (Bummer if you’re not in Durban though). All it took was a little leap of faith that got me all the way to the finals. Initially to enter, all I had to do was simply produce a 30 second video for the Gateway Team, expressing why I should be Gateway’s next Brand Ambassador. Guys and girls in Durban – be sure to try out the competition in 2018. Trust me, it may just be worth your while producing a mere 30 second video which could really unlock a number of doors for you in the end!
After submitting my video and being shortlisted, the next stage of the competition was filled with tons of anxiety and pressure to convince the judges (Gateway Marketing and Management; Terence Pillay; Vanessa Marawa) why I would be the best Gateway Ambassador. It was unlike any panel interview I had ever been for (to be honest nothing could have prepared me for it), however it was lots of fun!
The remainder of the competition was nothing less than fun, excitement and loads of flashes from the camera! We, as the top 6, will be a part of all Gateway’s media campaigns for 2017 so don’t be too surprised when you see a familiar face on a billboard or promotion sometime.
This journey has not only provided me with great prizes in the end, but has also provided awareness for myself as a brand in the social space. It has taught me a few wonderful things about myself and also graced me with an abundance of experience in modelling profesionally for a really great brand and notable shopping centre in South Africa. Most importantly it has allowed me to connect with really great people I now call friends and has also unlocked some really exciting opportunities ahead!
To the entire Gateway Shopping Centre Team, the top 6 finalists and all those that routed for me along the way – THANK YOU!! To Louis and Pelisha – CONGRATS. I look forward to the exciting things planned for the year ahead!
Until I blog again…