Patience Magaela adds feather to an already decorated cap


If you are in South African and you spend enough time in front of your tv, chances are, you might have caught sight of her at some point, either playing a cameo role on this soap or the other......or you might have found yourself mesmerized by her stunning looks in many of the numerous adverts that she has appeared in.
Having 'been there and done that', the beautiful, yet surprisingly shy 21-year-old model wants a new challenge in her life and has thus taken an 'indefinite' break from modelling to pursue a career as a radio/tv personality.
Urban Craft sat down with Mamelodi born-and-bred Patience Magaela and she gave us insight into her own story of humble beginnings and showed us how important it was to always follow your heart.
Below is how that conversation went:
When did you first discover that you could model and when did you start doing so professionally?
It all started when I was 7 years old ( 2003) my mum entered me to some kiddies advert competition at Woolworths and I made it to top 5, thereafter "some agent" asked my mum for her numbers so that we could speak about my future in this industry but due to trust issues, my mum declined that offer. When she told me this a few days after I was so mad at her, I think I didn't speak to her for weeks. I entered my very first modeling competition at silverton (PTA) and even though I was still immature, my smile kept me going. I was crowned 2nd princess and Valarie (owner of SA Vogue Models) signed me under her agency in 2004 and that's where my journey of being a model began.
Who were some of your earliest influences?
Patience: For the longest time my role model was and still is Basetsana Khumalo, everything about her is spectacular. She was Miss SA 1994, an entrepreneur and she doesn't only intrigue me with her hard work but also by the way that she's always persevering no matter the circumstance. If I was to speak of all the things that I admire about her (her success in Television included) I would take the whole day speaking of her forgetting that this is my interview. She has a huge influence in my life, I'd be honored to sit down with her and talk business.
What were some of the perks/benefits of being a model?
Patience: No lie, when being crowned I think that's the best feeling ever and of course the prizes. I have however taken a 'sabbatical' from modelling somewhat to focus on other career matters.
Being a model is wonderful but then again it's exhausting, the preparation being put, the modeling classes, the way you speak, your posture and the kind of lifestyle one upholds is very essential. It's certainly not easy, you need to have a burning desire to be a model and of cause the right requirements.
Can you share with us some of your goals?
Patience: My ultimate goal with modeling was to be Miss SA, BUT due to my height I could not pursue that dream. I just wish I was tall enough or the height requirement be scrapped altogether because I believe a Miss South Africa should not be determined by how tall one is but by the qualities and attributes that one carries. This is one of the reasons I left the pageant life and I am now focusing on being a TV/Radio Personality. Trust me, it's not easy, this industry is flooded and you can easily be replaced so you just need to put your head up high and focus.
Thus far, can you share with us some of your most treasured memories when it comes to modelling?
Patience: Forgive me but I don't remember the exact years, so when I was crowned 1st princess Miss Rekord I won't lie I was truly honored because I think I was the only black girl and yet I was recognized for my hard work, that's when I knew that modeling is for me. We travel, we are treated like queens and it's true when they say when you love something you need to live•eat•and breathe it.
My other 'cherishable' moment was winning Miss FH Odendaal, I was only in grade 8, (2010) competing with all the grades, matrics included. I remember they called second and first princesses and I naturally started to take off my heels in preparation to congratulate the winner.......having no clue whatsoever that it was me!
I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT AT ALL when my name was called out, I shed a tear or two because the truth was that until that very moment, I had never won a competition so it is one of my most treasured moments.
What do you have your sights set on for 2017 and beyond?
Patience: Like I said I'm not longer a model, I'm an aspiring TV Personality now so in regards to that, this year started off on a good note, I joined a presenting course known as OnCue Interface Talent and ever since then all these small doors are in a way opening for me. It all began when I was part of the audience on Daily Thetha on SABC 1, after the show the director called me aside and said he would love to work with me, so we are now working on something. I'm going to be a guest Presenter on YoTv on the 24th of April and with God by my side I believe everything will go accordingly. More doors are still to open but prayer gets me through a lot and will definitely carry the day when needed. I'm privileged enough to have Nimrod Nkosi as my mentor and I must say that he is doing a great job, God bless him and keep him strong. Looking beyond, I would like to be a brand ambassador for Estée Lauder, have my own talk show either on SABC 3 or Mzanzi Magic, I would probably be working for Metro FM the drive slot, I am also in the process of writing my own book because I kinder had a rough childhood, Gosh, there's a lot I really want to do, but I can't spill all the beans now!
How exactly did it all come about?
Patience: It all began when I realized my height was an 'impediment' of soughts in the realisation of my modelling aspirations. Having been an extra for 2/3 years on soapies and featuring in many TV adverts I realized I was limiting myself. I went from being the centre of attention to being an 'after thought' and it was something I decided I couldnt take any longer, I had to re-establish myself again. I realized that by using my voice I could be that centre of attention again hence my mission to either be on Radio or TV. I'm currently recording my demo's at jacaranda FM and will definitely be looking at YFm among other options.
Where do you most see yourself in this particular field?
Patience: Mostly presenting. I see myself presenting with Pro Verb at the Miss SA finale along side Layla.
Besides that, LiveAmp, Club808 and V-entertainment are my targets now.
What does this mean for your modelling career and how will you balance the two of them?
Patience: If given the chance I will definitely go back to modeling and enter for the Miss SA peagent, if not then I guess it truly is Goodbye modeling and hello Presenting.
Between modelling and being a tv personality, which one would you say you are most passionate about?
Patience: Both, because they bring out the best in me in every possible way.
Which one do you think you can make the most difference with?
Patience: Again, Both. With modeling I will be a brand ambassador of South Africa, representing my country and empowering young girls, showing them that dreams are really obtainable. I would be involved in charity work and helping everyone in need, all those who have lost hope, I'd help bring back that hope and at the same time doing what I love!
As with modelling, I would also take up the same responsibilities when it came to being a presenter/tv personality.

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