This month we interview Zöe Brown, well-known for being a sweetheart of the Expresso show. She is one highly driven, dynamic, truly modern, and creative young woman who has taken the world of radio and TV by storm.
What are some of the habits of ‘highly effective people’ that you try to build into your everyday life?
Every evening before going to bed, I map out the next day. By planning my day, I find myself more productive and it gives me something to look forward to. And even ‘though radio only starts in the afternoons, I wake up early and maintain some sort of a routine. I scan the headlines but avoid scrolling through social media!
How have you stayed ‘mentally strong’ during this pandemic?
I have had to accept that it is normal to go through a rollercoaster of emotions – sometimes daily. For me, the toughest part was not seeing my family and especially my nephew! As a coping mechanism I had daily phone calls with my dad and video calls with my mom and nephew. I limited my social media ,and planned activities to keep me busy. I found a workout programme that I could do from the comfort of my own home. But overall, the biggest factor to staying mentally strong was ACCEPTANCE! And since it was a global pandemic, it was also easier to know that everyone was going through lockdown, not just me.
Which causes/issues are closest to your heart?
I have always been passionate about helping people where I can. During the start of lockdown, I was invited by the Reuben Richards Foundation to be one of their ambassadors for Project Orange. The Foundation is facilitating a donation of 19 million oranges from farmers in the Olifants River Valley and distributing these oranges into vulnerable communities.
What would you like to see more of in the world?
I would like to see more empathy and kindness and less shaming and judgement. We are too quick to jump to conclusions and not patient enough to be sensitive to another’s situation and giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Who has been your biggest mentor and why?
My dad. We talk almost every single day and he understands the world of freelancing as he works for himself. Both my parents support me 100%, but
my dad never missed one of my graveyard radio shows when I was in University. Keep in mind that show was on Monday mornings, 3am till 6am!
What is your advice to the younger generation in terms of social media use?
Be careful of sharing too much. The Internet never forgets. Also, protect yourself – privacy is key. Do not disclose your location while you are there, tag the location once you have left – you never know who might be watching your stories.
What is next on your bucket list?
Does ‘get a boyfriend ‘ qualify as a bucket list item? One thing I have learned during this pandemic, is that I am ready for a relationship! I have always put my work first and used it as an excuse, but since life has slowed down for me, I would not mind some- one special in my life. In fact, I am ready!
By: Danni Martin