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Life After School - Oct/Dec 2010
Magazines | Teen 2010-10-06 16:35:46
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    Stress Less Dealing with exam pressures FASHION bring on summa! Sizzling hot looks GAP YEAR- Secure work in the lucrative yachting industry! FREE * Vol 5 * Iss 4 * Oct - Dec '10 locnville Read up about the successful duo and 6 other creative careers that will put the sun in your pocket WIN ? This awesome scooter PLUS ? Check out the other comps inside ENTERTAINMENT Durban Girl's College Dance Photo's ? Movies ? Books ? Fashion

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    Ed's note the final stretch! Just stop and think about it for a moment. After 12 years of hard slog your school days are nearly over and then it's out into the big wide world to find your fame and hopefully your fortune! It's definitely worthwhile to take a moment to think about all the people you've met since you walked into a classroom for the first time at the age of 5 or 6. The friends, teachers, enemies, experiences, outings, tests, parties, girls, boys, etc have all in some way shaped who you are to day and have hopefully prepared you to achieve success as the next chapter of your life starts. There are countless opportunities available today and it's just a matter of finding what suites your personality and character type and away you go! The really amazing thing though is that most of you will be working in jobs that don't even exist today. Just think back to when you first started high school - did Twitter and Facebook even exist then, but how integral have they become in our lives today - how exciting would it be to work at one of these companies? But before this happens there is a small mountain to climb (the final exams - yuk). Although they'll probably not seem quite so small to you, Mount Everest size is probably more appropriate, but the important thing is that you'll be able to conquer them. One thing that did not help much was the teachers strike and the effects of that will only be seen once the exam results are out. It's not normally like us to get stuck into preparing you for the exams (because that's what school is for), but this year is an exceptional case, so why not turn to page 26 and see what we've got to say about keeping your head during this hectic and stressful period. Otherwise what else can you expect from this issue. If you've got a creative streak in you then you are going to love it. We've identified a few careers that lend themselves well to a splash of creativity and have managed to get some really great interviews and insightful comments from people who are currently working in various creative industries. Music is one of those industries so go and check out our interviews and photos of Locnville and Jax Panik. Otherwise we've interviewed a journalist, cartoonist, photographer, magazine designer and finally a fashion designer - this feature will really get your creative juices flowing. But don't get down hearted! If you're more technically minded there is still loads of stuff in this issue that you'll enjoy reading. Ever heard about the SKA? It's cutting edge stuff and happening in our own back yard and has got some amazing spin offs that will influence every day life. So what else? Well we've got some info on gap years for you to consider. If you're thinking of going to work overseas on a super yacht then you'd better go and see what we've got to say about the how's and why's of getting yourself over there, earning some mega bucks and seeing the world. One of the really important things that I also most forgot to mention was our bursary and scholarship options. If you're battling to find funding to take your studies further then we've got few options for you to consider. Who knows? One SMS could change your life forever! Speaking of SMS's we're also giving away some really amazing prizes including a scooter (to get you around town next year) some sun glasses, the latest Croc's as well as some other bits and bobs that are well worth winning. That's it from me for this issue. The only thing that's left for me to do is to wish you all GOOD LUCK for the upcoming exams and remember to leave the party'ing to December. Party Karate. Charles Exam tips EARTHPIG (Pty) Ltd Reg no 2002/031106/07 Publishers of Life After School Life After School Magazine September - December 2010 Telsaf Data Building, 5 Conrad Drive, Blairgowrie PO Box 784674, Sandton, 2146 Tel 011 787 6444 Fax 086 669 5308 email: charles@earthpig.co.za EDITOR: Charles Burman PHOTOGRAPHY & FASHION: Aleks Lima 084 600 0109 PRINTING: Paarl Web JOURNALISTS: Charles Burman; Bonny Feldman; Eugene Yiga; Genevieve Young; Chana Viljoen COVER: Picture courtesy of Just Music DISTRIBTION: Ready To Mail Distribution DESIGN: Teya Esterhuizen 011 781 9622 design@earthpig.co.za ADVERTISING: Margaret Ralph 083 468 1993 margaret@earthpig.co.za see page 26 While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the content and information given to readers, the editor, proprietors and publishers are not liable for any loss or damages that may arise from incorrect information or the reliance on information contained herein. Copyright subsists in this magazine. No part of this magazine may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission from the publisher. Any unauthorised reproduction of this magazine will constitute a copyright infringement and render the doer liable under both civil and criminal law. Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. ALDOUS HUXLEY

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    2 Contents Regulars 4 4-15 Creative careers We speak to a range of creative people from singers to designers & cartoonists to photographers; to give you the scoop on all jobs arty 16-17 The sky's the limit Read about the SKA project & how it will give us insight into the mysteries of the galaxy! 18-20 Careers in Nanotech Find out more about working in this amazing (but microscopic) industry. 24-25 Sail Away Spend a gap year working on a yacht! 26-29 Exams: be prepared We help you to stay top of your game for these exams with tips & valuable info 30-31 What's cooking We chat to a student at Prue Leith cookery school 39-44 Fashion Jump back into summer with these awesome outfits! 45 Childcare xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx Bits & Bobs 34 Matric dance pix 36 Movie review 47 Taking the leap 46 Competitions 48 Bursaries IBC We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

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    creative careers Not into law or accounting? Are all things creative more your style? Read on to find out what creative careers are really all about caree ree caree r

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    Photos courtesy of Just Music Loc and load! MUSICIANS What schools did you go to? We went to quite a few schools growing up, but spent most of our high school career at Reddam House in Cape Town. Why a career in music? Why not? How did you come up with the name Locnville? We took words that related to our American and South African backgrounds and just put them together, the rest is a mystery. What has surprised you most about the music industry? The politics behind the music. There is so much going on behind the scenes that nobody sees, and it's really interesting to see how it all works. People think that being a musician is all glamour. What's your take on this? There is an aspect of glamour to being a musician, but it's mostly just smoke and mirrors. This industry requires a lot of work and it never stops, it's a 24/7 job - but it's really fun. What's your best day at the office? When everything is running according to plan. Seeing the team happy makes us even happier. Locnville have swept the local music industry by storm and are currently touring Europe. We caught up with them and asked them a bit more about themselves... What's your worst day at the office? When a radio station denies play listing us for some odd reason. But about a week later they always end up playing it - I think radio stations just enjoy denying things at first. What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow a career as a musician? Carry on your path, and don't let anyone bring you down, because everyone will try to distract you and make you think you're making the wrong decision - but if you are passionate and motivated about being a musician, then it's never the wrong decision. What's been the most insane gig you've played at and why? The most insane gig would have to be our Arena Show in Cape Town or Johannesburg. The energy was immense, and the people were going wild - it was such a fantastic show to perform! What personality traits do you think will stand you in good stead in this industry? Keeping our head in the clouds but our feet on the ground. It's very important to not get caught up in the hype, and I think we both do a good job at keeping our minds in the right place. How have you found the touring schedule? Any creature comforts that you miss from home? The touring schedule has really been crazy. It has been completely back to back interviews and shows, then off to the airport again, and again and again. Mostly we miss our friends and having a base, because it can sometimes get a bit tough living in and out of a suitcase. When can we expect to see you in SA again? Very soon! We often get people telling us to 'come back home and not forget who supported you first' and we really take that to heart. South Africa is our home and always will be, so we will come back as soon and often as possible. After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ALDOUS HUXLEY 5

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    Nothing short of world domination Tell us a little bit about yourself? I'm a Cape Town boy through and through having spent both my high school (at DF Malan) and university career (Stellenbosch University) in the greater Cape Town area. Ever since I can remember music has been part of my life and even when it was not full on it was always in the background. I think I've also tried my hand at most musical instruments (trombone, piano, guitar, drums, recorder, singing, etc) and been in countless bands. Not many people know this but I was part of a band at high school called 22 Stars. At that stage we were playing gigs all over Cape Town and had a particularly good relationship with another band called New World Inside. When both bands split up most of the members got together to form Fokofpolisiekar. People always wonder why I've suddenly appeared on the scene, but Jax has always been there in the background. How did you decide on music as a career? One thing that had a huge impact on my career was my time spent at university. I studied a Visual Communications degree, but more importantly was exposed to such a wide range of influences, even the MUSICIAN World domination? That's what Jax Panik has set his mind on and judging by his latest release Get Up (if you're hot) the impossible may just become possible. We caught up with Jax about his career and thoughts on the music industry. subjects I studied influenced my career. Things like art, history and English (particularly with writing lyrics) plus I was exposed to music that I'd never really listened to or enjoyed before. When I got to university it was only punk rock, but I immersed myself in instrumentals, classical, electronic, you name it I did it - the experimenting I did was huge and shaped the way I now see my career. Another thing that most people don't know is that I've got a normal day job. After university Johnny de Ridder (of fokofpolisiekar fame) and I started a company producing music for TV commercials. This allows me to pay the bills and put food on the table, but for the 4 years that I've been doing it Jax Panik has always been in there. Tells us about your first hit single? Jax Panik has been a passion project of mine and even though I have a normal day job I was composing and writing music. Cigarettes & Cinnamon was sent through to 5FM with a lot of encouragement from friends. I did not nearly expect it to be as successful as it was, but hey who's complaining. The 3 weeks that it spent at Number 1 certainly gave me a boost to focus more exclusively on my career. Jax Panik is now about to start with his world domination after about 3 or 4 years of hard work. What advice would you give to someone wishing to pursue a career in music? You've got to be very specific about what 6 Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. BERTHOLD AUERBACH you want to do. One of the great things about this industry is that there are so many different things you could focus on or pursue, but the downside to that is that you can get distracted. Specialise in one or two things and become exceptional at those. Decide early on if you want to play an instrument, go into stage, film, singing, writing, performance, etc and then work on making yourself the best in that particular segment of the industry. Doing plenty of research and being honest about what you want also helps. One of the producers that I really look up to has a good quote. He always talks about not being a "weekend producer" and I think that's a very valid point if you want to become successful. What type of person do you think would to well in this industry? This industry can accommodate basically any personality type under then sun. The trick is finding a part of the industry that suites your personality. If you are loud, arrogant, love people, performing, etc then being a frontman of a band will be up your street, but if you're quite, reserved or shy then producing or writing music might be the thing for you. As I said, find something that suits your personality - music caters to all. When is your album going to be out? It should be in stores already (at the time of writing it was scheduled to be released mid September, Ed. ). The album is called I am Jax Panik. What's next for you? Always world domination!! I've just signed an international agent and think Photos courtesy of JSony Music

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    " " Another thing that most people don't know is that I've got a normal day job. After university Johnny de Ridder (of fokofpolisiekar fame) and I started a company producing music for TV commercials. the timing is right for me to take the next step. There are so many exciting bands in SA at the moment (Locnville, Die Antwoord, Jack Parow, etc) and I think that the international community is starting to take what we are producing in SA seriously and hopefully I can capitalise on that. A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI 7

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    lay it out MAGAZINE DESIGNER What exactly does a magazine designer do? Magazine designers are responsible for how a magazine looks. We decide on all the fonts to be used, the style of the magazine, the look and feel, and the type of photographs to be used. The actual design process comes in when we take all these elements and put them together on a page. This is where the creativity comes in! What type of person would do well in a career like this? You need to be a creative person who loves taking all different types of elements and making them work together. You also have to be quite detailoriented because the outcome of a layout isn't just based on all the pictures and colours looking great together. It's also about checking in on the smaller things, such as: does all the text line up at the bottom?; are all the pictures the right resolution? What are great things about the job? Working on magazines you get lots of perks. I was sent on a trip to Switzerland when I worked with Food & Home Entertaining magazine and on Cosmo we got lots of free samples of awesome makeup. But apart from these perks, it's great being able to be part of something that reaches so many people and to be able to see the final product and know that you contributed in some way to it. And the things that drive you mad? Being a layout artist is different to being an individual artist where you produce the work you want to without any constraints. In the magazine industry, you have to, of course, always keep your target audience in mind when designing a page. You might love bright colours but the magazine might be aimed at an audience that prefers muted tones and so you have to adjust and adapt to suit the tone of the magazine you are working on. There are also times when layouts have to be changed last minute due to extra adverts coming in and changing pages around. This can be frustrating but also good because it always keeps you on your toes! What's the best way of breaking into the industry? The best way of breaking into the industry is probably applying for an internship like I did. I started at Food & Home Entertaining magazine as an intern. I watched and learnt and ended up being employed full-time after 4 months. Even if you don't get employed full time after an internship, the experience is invaluable and you will be more favourably considered for a position elsewhere because you have had hands-on experience. What type of tertiary study options are available? I did a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes university which involved design but you can do more practical courses at from institutions such as Vega or the Design School. Sometimes it takes several versions of a layout before you get the right one. Here is an example of a layout from this issue on page xx Teya Esterhuizen is our in-house designer but she has also worked on titles such as Elle and Cosmo. She gives us the scoop on magazine design I started with a curly font, fewer photos, using green as the main colour and royal blue as the accent colour In this version, I placed the copy over both pages, added another food picture and made group shot smaller. This is the final version. I went with a more sophisticated font for the headline and stuck with the red/green colour combination as these are colours that were picked out of the food pictures. I also changed the headline font and colour and spread it across both pages The use of a quote draws the reader in and tells them, at a glance what the story is about. The use of colour on this page makes the layout more appealing 8 To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master. MILTON GLASER Images courtesy of Cosmopolitan, Your Family, Food & Home Entertaining and Garden and Home magazines

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