Last year was a big year for some of South Africa’s celebs. From endorsement deals, to new ventures and business opportunities, to buying houses… There was a lot happening. One of those people happened to be my friend, the lovely, talented human being that is 5FM DJ, Nicole da Silva. Here’s a look back at her biggest moments of 2013 and what she has on the go for 2014:
1. It has been a good year for you. Take us through some of your highs; your winning moments in 2013.
It really has been a pretty great 2013 for me. I’ve recently teamed up with one of my friends from 5FM, Angela Guastella to form a DJing duo which has been doing amazingly well. We did a tour with Absolut Vodka, played at the YOU Spectacular Awards and have been getting a lot interest from clubs around the county. We saw each other seven days a week for a few months at a time!
Personally, I’ve felt like I was continuously busy with radio shows, gigs, events, initiatives and sponsorships that it’s one big, but awesome blur. Some things that stick out are my scuba diving trip in the Red Sea, Egypt which was magical.Getting my MINI. I’ve lusted for a Pepper White one with stripes for at least 5 years. She’s lovely. I found a place to buy(finally) and call my own after renting for the last four years. I wrote an article that was published in Cosmopolitan Magazine and I was approached by WeChat to be an ambassador for them. I also have a new wonderful man in my life. Wow, looking at those alone make me feel like it was a really great year for me. i hope 2014 can compare
2. Was there a moment, an experience or something significant this year that made you go ‘WOW” or that changed your perspectives/ plans?
I think there were two. Going to Oprah Winfrey’s O You conference made me reevaluate a lot in my life and put things back into perspective. It sounds so strange, but seeing Oprah, a woman I’ve admired for so many years, in real life and hearing her words was really special. The second was doing the Bloukrans bungee jump. I used to do a lot of adrenaline rush type things a few years back so this just reminded me of what I used to love doing and to do more of it.
3. What does 2014 hold for you?
Lots of home renovations and decorating, road trips around SA, travels to New York and either Asia or Europe, maybe a new radio show? (we never know what management has planned until March) and definitely a lot of gigs. Hopefully there’ll be some pleasant surprises along the way.
4. Any tips and/ or tricks from you to your fans to get through 2014.
Sure. Leave the big unattainable constantly recycled New Years resolutions at the door and commit yourself to monthly or quarterly goals. This way you’ll have more things achieved in the year and give yourself something to focus on with a shorter time frame. Good luck!
5. Any last thanks or New years wishes for your fans?
I don’t like the word “fan” so I’ll just say a big thanks to all my friends and the cool people who came to the gigs to party with us and everyone that listens into my early morning show and helps out with What’s That Track. They really make the early time slot more enjoyable.