I grew up on a small holding just outside of Kokstad. We didn’t have a lot to live on and all together we were a family of 5. Most of my childhood we lived in a small 1 room house with a separate structure for the kitchen/bathroom. I grew up knowing that my parents hated their jobs, they unknowingly brought their unhappiness home every day and I hated it. All the complaining about not having enough money, working 8 to 5 to earn just enough and not having enough time to spend with the family. From a young age I can remember thinking that I don’t want to be like that. I want to be happy. I learned early on in life that money is not to be wasted and that you need to work hard for it. But also that it cant be the center focus of your life. We didn’t have much to spend during my school days but it taught me to appreciate even the smallest of gifts.
It was during my high school years that I decided that even though I didn’t know quite what I wanted to do after school I knew that whatever I chose it would be something that I loved and that I was passionate about. At that stage I was taking Physics, Biology and IT (apart from the usual subjects) because you know everyone thinks you can’t do anything in life without those. Well as fate would have it I ended up having to drop IT and Physics and take Geography and Art. Art wasn’t my first choice but it seemed like my only one and that’s when I figured out I definitely wanted to go into the creative industry after school. Here are my artworks from my matric year.
So the end of my matric year came around and everyone else seemed to have a pretty solid plan for their life. I hadn’t applied to any universities because I knew money would be an issue. One day I stumbled across an international design college based in Italy and I loved the look of their Graphic Design courses. So I decided to apply for a scholarship using the above artworks and I was accepted! I honestly thought it was a long shot but I was so happy I got in and could study my BA in Graphic Design. That pretty much set the tone for where I am now. A couple of months after I finished school and I got my first job at a local Design company, but even after working for a few more bosses something about working for someone didn’t sit quite right with me.
I started doing photography as a sideline in 2016 to help pay the bills but I was still too shy to approach the design side of things at that stage. I kept working until late 2017 when instead of applying for another job I decided to take the leap and do Graphic Design and Photography full time. I will never regret that decision. Working for yourself is a lot more challenging than most people make it seem but I love every second of it (well almost).
And that’s how I got to here, to today. (the short version) I am so passionate about what I do and absolutely love all my customers. I am also glad I have grown to the point where I can help others build their dreams just like I am building mine each and every day.
Oh the name. A lot of people ask me why I chose the name Metanoia for my business. The meaning of Metanoia (simplified) is “The journey of changing ones mind, heart, self or way of life”. My business is based on the journey. Although the end product is important I believe that what you learn, and who you meet along the way are even more important.