Kenya this is how our big break came about – allafrica.com electricity and circuits class 6 ppt

It is also a journey that comes with a host of useful lessons. We had a chat with five professionals in various sectors who share stimulating personal stories about how their big break came about, the challenges they had to contend with and what keeps them soaring.

I am still in the media, only that I have diversified. My most outstanding experiences include key interviews with personalities such as President Kenyatta, South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela, Cabinet ministers, several heads of State in Africa and covering global events such as the burial of Nelson Mandela.

I learnt the importance of using the media, including my own media space (social media) as a platform to discuss pertinent issues and push agenda on matters affecting the country, to empower, enlighten and entertain others within reason and confines of professionalism.

I, however, remained focused on my passions, which was to cover relevant issues that millions of Kenyans face. Understanding myself, being assertive and being strictly professional kept me from being swayed into actions that would jeopardise my private and professional life.

I am also the brand ambassador for Lifebuoy’s Help a Child Reach 5 campaign and project lead for a gender advocacy campaign called #Better4Kenya. I am also growing my YouTube channel, where I share lifestyle content with my audience. There is, however, every possibility that I will return to mainstream media soon.

They give up too soon. As for those that do well first time round, they become complacent about their initial success and stop working harder to keep growing. Also, I have found that most young artistes do not conduct themselves like professionals would. When they get paid for instance, they lose control and misbehave. Most of them also do not invest outside their career, which is risky.

Treat your craft as a business and conduct yourself professionally. Turning up for engagements in time gives a professional impression of you. Dress the part and give every performance your best stab as this may be your ultimate game changer. Constantly ask for feedback, not so that you can gloat, but so that you can improve. It definitely helps a great deal to acquire professional training in your craft.

Millennials are a misunderstood lot. Each generation has its lazy lot and its hardworking people. Times have changed and things are now done differently. Instead of castigating them, we need to reach out to them, support and mentor them. Besides, we all have something to learn from each demographic.

Passion, dedication and time management are critical. My full-time job of teaching drama and music comes first. Thankfully, my working hours are flexible enough to allow me sufficient time to follow my other interests. I only agree to engage in projects that I can give my all. I also take my work very seriously.

Diversify where possible. If you can sing, act and dance, why not? Try out as many things as you can. With time, you discover your aces and invest in those. You only need to manage your time properly so that none of these enthusiasms suffer.

Lack of incentives has been the biggest challenge, but things are gradually looking up. More parents are now appreciating the arts and even encouraging their children to pursue a career in them. More universities and colleges are offering art courses too, which foreshadows a thriving arts industry in Kenya.

Support from government is still insufficient. The Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts should create an environment that nurtures talent by offering training, basic funding and making available performance spaces for artistes. In developed nations, companies earn tax rebates for supporting arts.

Locally, lack of clarity on what corporates will get in return for sponsoring film productions makes them reluctant to support them. Kenyans should start attending concerts and plays, respect our artistes and treat them as professionals and stop asking for complimentary tickets.

That most of these people were young fascinated me and aroused my curiosity. Being an ambitious person, I figured that I could get someone who could pay me to find out how these young people had amassed so much wealth at such young ages. It turned out most people were interested in such information, which made it easy to sell my idea.

I learnt to adjust to, and not to dictate to the market as most new entrants tend to do. The first episode of my show was aired on K24 TV on the eve of my graduation, making me the youngest TV producer on a mainstream station in Kenya at 22 years.

Having desired success for so long and triumphing sooner than I had expected drove me into depression (I made my breakthrough at 24). While I had worked hard to be successful, I did not know how to handle success when it came. That it came sooner made things even more complicated.

I have a grounded personality with very few interests. At any given time, I am either at work, at home or at the gym working out. My free time is spent reading literature about Africa and business. I consider myself only relatively successful compared to some of my peers.

Talent is one thing, the ability to manage revenue from such a talent is a different matter altogether. Inability to manage income leads to wastage among young artistes. Account for all your earnings by keeping a detailed record of your income against how much you invested in it. Self-sponsorship goes a long way.

Dare to use your little income from your small gigs to finance your next project, that way, you completely own your project. Saving is the cardinal rule for anyone who is earning. Money from music is very irregular, so save some to keep you going during the low season.

RedFourth is an independent contemporary music school whose curriculum is modelled as a mentorship programme. Such practical experiences give our trainees a hang of the music industry as they go along. I have mentored, among other artistes, Sauti Sol, Anto Neosoul and Brian Cheya of Elani.

Song writing, production and sound design are the best bets for those getting into music purely for monetary gain. Downloads and synchronisations that deal with music for movies and adverts are a rich source of revenue. To thrive in music though, passion must come before money.

I have worked with some of Italy’s finest brands such as Ferrero Rocher, Campari, Fendi and Max Mara, and for two years at the Milan Fashion Week. I have also worked in Abu Dhabi and Dubai cities representing a number of major brands. Through these experiences, I have been mentored by some of the industry’s icons, including Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur Anna Fendi.

I started my marketing career when I was 17 while studying in New Zealand. I was interning at multinational advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi in Auckland. My next big career decision was to move to Milan when I was 22 to work as a brand consultant for Pomellato, one of Italy’s finest jewellery brand.

I did this while studying for my Master’s in brand management and communication at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED). Working from an early age taught me the ethics required in this kind of business, which eased my transition from school to the industry.

It is an overwhelming role. Major brands expect nothing short of exceptional performance from you. From how you look, dress and interact with people, there is no room for compromise. Luxury clients are hard to impress, so you always have to be on top of your game.

Understand your brand image and keep tabs on the trends in the luxury world. Find mentors in the industry and network whenever possible because you never know who you will meet out there. Global brands hire bilingual or multilingual professionals, so having a foreign language in your résumé is a big plus.