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SAMA award nominee Tshenolo Sebogodi always knew that singing was what she was meant to do, but did you know that she actually studied law?

Yup. We love that she’s managed to use both talents to carve out the career of dreams, with her legal background finding expression in the entertainment industry. Here, this entertainer, motivator and performer tells GH writer Ondela Mlandu about the journey…

 

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In the midst of all that had been going on worldwide, music remains the one place that brings joy and continues to uplift our spirits. “Toro ka Mmino” my SAMA26 Nominated debut album, a 12 track masterpiece that symbolizes my musical journey and my love for live music had been my pride and joy. I’ve chosen songs from the album that I and my producer @mathibepilane perform for you guys in a beautifully intimate setting. The first two videos (Lerato and Dancing in the rain) made their debut on the exclusive interview on Afternoon Express, SABC 3. From tonight, 13 August 2020 I will release one video each day of the T.S Unplugged Experience on my Youtube channel. The link in Bio. Vocals: T.S Project coordinator: @mathibepilane Edited by: Nkabinde Media Photography: Bakang Maletse Audio mix: Katlego Gaobuse

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There is some serious power in self-belief

“Any woman has to first believe that they’re capable of being whatever they want and any girl who wants to enter the industry needs to understand how important self-confidence is,” says Tshenolo. “This industry is not only about talent, but having the patience to nurture your gift and be bold enough to stand firm in who you are and what you believe in as an artist. It’s also important to have perseverance and learn that even through adversity we soldier on…”

 

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Happy last day of Women’s month to all my phenomenal women! Thank you @yfm #EveryWomyn

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Intertwining your passion and qualification…

“I went straight into the music business after I graduated and learnt a lot as I grew in the industry. I also learnt the importance of formal postgraduate learning and/or practical training,” she says.

Tshenolo had to learn how to incorporate the law with music and formally understand music (she had no formal training). “I attended workshops and had a mentor, Mathibe Godfrey Pilane, who helped guide me in terms of understanding music better and using my law degree in the music business,” she says.

“I learnt how diverse the industry is, and was able to facilitate workshops for artists with topics relating to the law (contracts – the different types and the interpretation thereof),” she says. “The entertainment industry has had a lot of fallouts with entertainers, especially artists as far as the law is concerned, and that’s still a problem. We need more young lawyers/attorneys to advise and represent artists.”

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Advice she’d give to a law graduate…

“I’d say to a law graduate who wants to practice law that it’s best to go to law school for six months (to help you learn how to apply the law and prepare you for board exams); second, send in applications to serve your articles that’ll also assist you in understanding the law better and equip you with more knowledge. There are internship opportunities for graduates of all spectrums that assist in building young, determined professionals,” she adds.

 

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Jazz on the Garden #JOG

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Accessing useful information via social media

“In this new era, there are opportunities on most if not all social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn) which businesses can utilise to connect and grow,” she says.

Social media is a tool that most businesses can use to advertise, sell, engage and build relations that align with the brands you want to grow. “Do your research by reading articles/books about business and learning about the nature of your business, [then] build a business model based on the goals you want to achieve,” says Tshenolo.

 

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FINALLY!! 5 years in the making. Toro ka mmino the album is out!!! Link in bio

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For Tshenolo, the transition from law to music was a challenge…

“I had to transition from being a full-time academic to being a full-time musician and that was a huge challenge in terms of perception,” she says. “I was looked down upon by many for making the unpopular choice of not continuing on the path of being a lawyer. I fought a lot of negative thoughts and opinions  –even from loved ones.”

She knew she had to make the decision and stick to it – but it wasn’t easy. “It took a lot of courage to get here. I overcame most challenges by not giving up. I’d genuinely hit rock button [on one day] and get up the next day. I also had to understand the power of living a purpose-driven life. I, therefore, had to keep reminding myself that this was a calling and there’s no way I could get this far if it wasn’t meant to be,” says Tshenolo.

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Leadership lessons learnt along the way…

1/ There is no one like you.

“When you embrace who you are, that’s when you shine the most and have the courage to take your own path, not the path others expect of you,” she says.

2/  Get educated and invest in yourself so you are empowered to become your own leader.

“The more we are empowered, the better [it is] for the next generation, as we will lead by example and create a path for those who follow,” says Tshenolo.

Connect with Tshenolo Sebogodi…

Instagram: @tshenos
Twitter: @theofficial-ts
Facebook: Tshenolo Sebogodi
YouTube: Tshenolo Sebogodi

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