These are all normal people who have started out like you and I, but who are now really successful.
I am so proud to start the first post in this series with a profile on Thulani Hadebe. I always think of him as the Jonathan Cheban (Kim K’s publicist) of South Africa. He owns the really successful PR company called Brand Ambassadors (I’ll refer to this as “BA”), who represent some of SA’s hottest celebs and companies, including Lee-Ann Liebenberg and the much publicised Brutal Fruit Glam Camp. Thulani has also travelled extensively- and has sent me some of his personal photos to share with you 🙂 I thought it would be fun to break up each question with a picture, so enjoy!
|Thulani with his family in Singapore|
Share some of the moments at BA that stand out for you
Do you have any advice for people who want to work in Media/ PR?
Always keep a level head.
The industry is not about the glamour, it’s about hard work.
A publicist does not take the centre stage, but is in the wings when their star is in the lime light.
Network, network, network.
|Shopping in Melrose in Los Angeles|
In Johannesburg you’ll find me at any Tasha’s. I love going to Pigalle, Orient, The Saxon, Koi and Kong Roast for dinner. Excellent food and service- add great company and you will enjoy your meal.
|Sprinkles Cupcakes on Rodeo Drive|
By this time I would hope that I would have offices in Johannesburg & Cape Town looking to branch out to New York & Los Angeles. Also being the one-stop shop for the hottest brands in the country.
Don’t waste your time doing what you don’t love. Life is too short to give up on your ultimate dream. If you do believe in yourself, you can make it.
|Thulani with Melinda (ex Heat editor- who, incidentally, will be the next person I feature!) in Cannes for the Film Festival
Thanks so much Thulani, your 1 piece of advice really resonates with me as I completely believe that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life!
Also, your pictures made me so jealous, those are ALL destinations I haven’t yet been to but would love to experience.
Follow Thulani here on Twitter.
Look out for the next profile which will be on Melinda Shaw of Shaw Media.