Welcome back to yo’ weekly dose of hustler inspo!
Scroll on for the stories of 2 dope hustlers who we think you’ll ❤ from grafitti to make-up & fashion, we’ve got a bit of err’thing to get your ideas flowing!
Give us the low-down on your hustle?
I’m a Durban-based creative hustler a.k.a graffiti/street artist. My hustle involves transforming public spaces & neglected areas into magical environments that people can identify with & take pride in. 🖍
What inspires your hustle?
My hustle is inspired by the stories of South African people. Our identity, cultures & experiences make us unlike any other people in the world. I’m inspired by how far our country has come. I’m also inspired to keep pushing when seeing the hustle of street vendors, taxi ranks & market traders. I really just want to play my part for our country. 🇿🇦
Yo’ biggest lesson so far?
I’ve learnt that quitting is never an option. It’s the journey that moulds character. When I started 15 years ago, graffiti wasn’t recognized as a viable career but while many of my peers gave up, I’m happy that I continued to put in the work & that it’s paid off. ‼
What’s your goal? Like, when will you have that “momma I made it” moment?
I had that moment when I was able to start helping my parents in a meaningful way. Independence through art ain’t easy but, it’s achievable. I still have a long way to go in achieving my most personal goals. That goal is to change the education system forever in SA. 📚
What tips would you give the youngins out there tryna make it?
Know yourself & what you bring to the table. Learn to plan & then execute! Hold yourself accountable, stop making excuses! Appreciate what you’ve got, your story is unique so own it! 👌
Say heyyy 👋 to @bradleypbrent a #FIXFAM footwear buyer from 9-5 & a dope MUA & fashion designer when he’s OOO.
Why the need for a side hustle?
Who’s going to say no to something they love whilst making that extra coint on the side? 💰
There wasn’t necessarily a need for a side hustle, just passion & pure love for what I do & to live the Gucci life, a side hustle is required.
What’s your current 9-5?
I work as a Trainee Buyer in the Footwear Department at The FIX. 👟👠👡
How do you find the time to do it all?
When you love makeup, fashion & all things fabulous, you make the time. I wake up early some mornings to do clients’ makeup before I head over to work, I free up my weekends in order to do makeup as well. 💅💄
When it comes to making garments, all of the time I have after work is dedicated to conceptualizing, sketching, drafting patterns, cutting out patterns as well as sewing the garment as per my client’s needs.
Of course it’s exhausting as a 9-5 is quite tiring, but when you have a goal, you make it work. 💪
Who inspires you?
My mother inspires me. I admire her work ethic. Beyonce is also an inspiration with her constant desire to have her vision executed to her standards & her drive is something I aspire to in my life. ❣
Tips for peeps tryna establish a side hustle?
- If you love it, do it. People are always going to have something to say whether you’re doing nothing at all or doing something amazing. So pay them no attention. 👊
- Save a portion of your hustle monies to improve the experience for your customers in the future. Your hustle is always going to be getting better, so continue improving the value of your hustle. 💸
- Finally, never give up. It might not always be easy, ‘cause there’ll always be factors that’ll try to bring you down, but remember that your hustle is for yourself & that should be your greatest motivation.
Feeling revv’d up to start your own side hustle? You’ve got this! 😉 Psst! If you missed our previous post check it out here.