Palesa Kgasane is the mind behind The Mzansi Moodboard, an ultra stylish website – Made in SA – designed “to showcase creativity in as many spheres as possible with a special emphasis on young women of colour.” Being quite the fashionista, Palesa’s Instagram account showcases her skills as a model, stylist and digital curator. Find out more about how her colourful mind works by reading her answers below…
Written/ Visual Content, Curation / Social Media
SOURCE(S) OF INSPIRATION:
The universe. Women.
TURN AROUND TIME BETWEEN INSPIRATION, EXECUTION AND SHARING:
I work very spontaneously but if I have a deadline or a shoot I like to make decisions beforehand. Things always happen that you don’t expect so you need to always be prepared. I am a chronic overthinker but with anything creative, I like to just let things flow.
I’m always seeking out inspiration from other creatives; poets, musicians, designers – these are all avenues of creating really great narratives and learning from other people’s visual styles. Old/archival content too. And my surroundings, I try to remember to embrace each experience in its totality and that’s how I flex, I go totally in and become present.
HARDEST PART OF DOING WHAT YOU DO:
The social pressure and judgment can get at you sometimes but I’m learning to not focus on the outcome as much as the process. We are in an age where consumption is really high so I think that sometimes you forget to take it slow. The fast-paced nature of my industry gets really overwhelming and it becomes a bubble sometimes that’s difficult to burst out of. I try to do my best in everything I do, that’s how I know that even though everything is constantly changing, my work stays true to me.
HOW MUCH EMPHASIS DO YOU PLACE ON MAINTAINING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE?:
Whether we like it or not, social media is a great way of gaining visibility, but more than it being about followers and fans, the true power for me is the connections that it fosters – I’m talking about the people you meet and the creatives you get to engage with, the people who appreciate the work you share. In ways it can become very stagnant and superficial but it can also be very empowering when used in a way that channels authenticity and spark. It’s a vital component of any successful creative career but it is not the end all and be all.
DO YOU HAVE A DAY JOB OR HAVE YOU MADE YOUR CREATIVE PASSION PAY?:
I work in the digital department at Elle and Elle decoration. I recently started and it has been a blessing. I’m grateful because it aligns with exactly what I want to do but it is housed under an esteemed global brand:ELLE. I have dreamed of working here since I was young so I do not think of it as merely a way of paying the bills, it marries into my passion. I do work with brands in my personal capacity and through Mzansi Moodboard. I am still trying to (slowly) get the platform to where I hope it will be one day, I’m learning and changing and my idea of success is also changing so who knows?
YOUR MOUNT EVEREST:
That’s still in the pipeline, even for my thoughts. I think I’m just trying to treat every project right now as the dream.