I love all things creative and when I got an invite from Lo to attend an event at Moto Republik I was thrilled. They have a do they have every month they titled #WCW (Women Creative Wednesday) Women Creative Wednesday is an intimate presentation & discussion platform focused on introducing and educating young women on careers in the creative industry as well as connecting them to mentors and peers within the sector. For the month of November their feature was Rutendo Denise who is a Zimbabwean performance poet, writer, model and social media success story.
Lo was hosting the discussion and I clearly remember her saying that in Africa, the moment you tell your family that you want to pursue a career in the Creative Industry they go wide eyed and ask questions like “You want to get paid to Tweet?” So funny!
I normally live Tweet when I attend events but this one was too intimate I had to give it my full attention and I was mind blown by the things that Rutendo shared with us.
Rutendo touched on so many different issues ranging from drug abuse, suicide, friendship, creativity…it was a mixed bag that left you thinking long and hard about your own life. I took my “goals” notebook with me and I had nearly 4 pages full of information and trust me years from today I will look back at these nuggets and thank myself for attending this do because information like this rarely ever comes your way. I will give you some of the information not all that way you guys will attend events next time you hear about them.
A hello goes a really long way. People get really “cliquey” when they arrive at events and miss out on opportunities to meet contacts they might need in the future. When I arrived I remember Rutendo asked us which music albums we are currently listening to just to break the ice and it got everyone talking. Later on during the discussion she mentioned that the reason she had asked us about music was because she was nervous and trying to find a way to get us chatting. She emphasised how a hello can go a very long way because after everyone introduced themselves we had a Blogger, Artist, Chef, App Developer, Journalist, Fitness Consultant, MC & Poet all in one room. Now imagine if we hadn’t said hello.
Own Your Story
Above is a screenshot from one of the stories from one of her followers that she shared. You have to be comfortable with what you have been through. You will stop yourself from being great because of your past. You know that feeling of constantly thinking you can’t do certain things because people will then walk up to you and say but we heard you once did a,b,c. Rutendo has a “#Testimony Time series” on her Instagram where she shares stories of the things that have happened to her that most people are not comfortable talking about. This has opened doors for other people to also share their stories as well. We are all going through the most and she has done a great job of getting people to speak up, sometimes that’s all you need, someone who will listen.
We are all seeds that need to be nurtured. This time next year you will not be the same person. You will have to put in the work if you want to see results. Push yourself and strive for excellence. We have all been given time so make sure you make the most of it doing the best of what you love. There is no time for mediocrity.
This was an experience that was worth every minute of my time. You know how you attend something and you keep looking at your watch wondering when you will be put out of your misery? Not with this one. This experience was engaging and informative. My passion lies in the creative industry and getting to have time to have one on one dialogue with someone who is in it and doing exceedingly well is something you don’t get to do everyday. I want to look back a year from today and tick all the nuggets in my “goals” book and send Rutendo a very long email telling her how I smashed all of my goals and I am finally doing the things that fire my soul full time.
Without a willing heart, fighting spirit, discernment and the constant pursuit of personal excellence, you won’t achieve or amount to much. .R.