My name is Labeeqah Rawood and I am a multimedia journalist at Social TV, a presenter on Toeter TV's channel called Toet Toot and a culinary journalist at the Krugersdorp Voice.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the industry?
I'm currently studying toward a BA degree in Communication Science with UNISA. I've completed a feature writing course through UCT and studied Journalism at the Caxton Training Academy last year while interning at a community newspaper (Roodepoort Record).
Being an intern, opened quite a few doors for me in the media industry as some of my stories were featured on The Citizen's website. It has also landed me two jobs in the journalism industry.
- How important are studies when it comes to achieving your goals?
I believe education is the key to success and it opens so much doors. Having a matric certificate does not mean anything nowadays. So if you really want to become a doctor, lawyer or even a musician, you need to educate yourself first so that you can always have something to fall back on.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
I definitely see myself as either a radio dj or a television presenter. I'd love to host my own show but I think I need more than five years to make that happen.
- What are the challenges you face within the industry inside South Africa?
I feel because we are a developing country, there aren't many opportunities for us especially in the media industry and it is so hard to find a job. I remember when I finished matric in 2013 I was declined a bursary just because I was not 'poor' enough and that's how I ended up applying for an internship with Caxton. I did not have the money to attend a tertiary institution.
- Where to from here?
I definitely see myself on the big screens so I am patiently waiting for a call from the SABC. I was born to be in the media industry and I am not going anywhere. I do not mind having to put in the extra hours because I know it will benefit me in the end.
- Any side hobbies?
Apart from writing, which is my first love, I enjoy cooking, baking, and singing. I love dancing too, but I'm afraid only my mirror has permission to ever see me dance because I trust it not to laugh at me.
- Who are your idols and why?
My idol is definitely my gran. Although she has been through a lot in life and did not always have money, she always made sure she was there for her children and her grandchildren and she worked hard to put food on the table. She is a strong woman and she never gives up. Sometimes I feel like I've inherited that spirit from her because despite being declined a bursary, I never gave up on my dreams.
- Any advice you can give to those following your career path?
I know this is a cliché but don't give up. The media industry is tough and you might have a few doors shut in your face with no prior warning, but let that not discourage you. Nothing in life is for free. You are going to have to work and sometimes hustle hard for what you want. Be persistent and make everyone see how bad you want the job. And importantly, be humble. No matter how successful you become in your career, never be snobbish or arrogant to share information with those who or are shadowing you because you were once in their shoes.
- What is the best part of what you do?
I get to meet famous people and sometimes interview them, and I also get to be myself. I learn something new every day and I enjoy waking up early in the morning to go to work because I love my job. Even if I have to wake up at 4am to prepare for a shoot, it doesn't faze me because when you enjoy your job, you do not work a day in your life. Oh, and I love the freebies that we receive at events.