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I am Italian by birth, but I’m passionately South African. I used to dance professionally for a contemporary dance company in Johannesburg, having had a ballet-trained background. I still managed to study, obtaining a BA in languages and a BA Hons cum laude at the University of Port Elizabeth. I got married to my childhood sweetheart, had my daughter Lia, now 21, and got divorced at the age of 40.
I had not been working since my daughter was born, becoming a full-time Mom, but in the face of adversity, I had to find a way to earn a living and to regain my self-respect. I started doing publicity for a ballet company called Ballet Theatre Afrikan and learned the ropes the tough way....making millions of mistakes and taking each knock as a learning curve. When the Lotto withdrew its funding, I perceived the closed-door as a window of opportunity and started doing some PR work for lifestyle-based clients in the beauty, fashion, entertainment and travel industries. My love for creative writing was revived as I wrote all my press releases which were almost always published without editing.
I remarried last year (I had my beautiful son, Luke, in 2005 at the age of 45) and this year completed an internationally certified 200hour Yoga Teacher’s Training course with my daughter. I have had three articles published in the Live Out Loud magazine, two more are coming out this winter.I have also been privileged to give something back for all my blessings, in being able to do pro bono publicity for the Quads 4 Quads event for QASA, the Quadriplegic and Paraplegic Association of SA.
I conduct numerous publicity campaigns, such as the Wits Art Museum which opens in May this year, as well as writing extensively for various clients in diverse business fields.
Paola Chellew
0836445150
paola@iburst.co.za

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The Hydra Facial- a Thirst Quencher for your skin

Sometimes having a facial just before an important event or even before the weekend is not such a good idea- especially if it involves an exfoliation or extractions, which can leave your skin looking a bit blotchy and uneven. But I have recently tried a beautiful treatment at Skin Renewal- the Hydra facial, which left my skin looking so radiant and plump- so…

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Posted on February 24, 2020 at 15:14

Are Polarized sunglasses a necessity?

If you spend your time outdoors or in your car, polarised sunglasses are a must for the benefit of protecting your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.

So what are polarized sunglasses and how do they work?

Polarized sunglasses use special technology to minimize the glare caused by light reflecting off flat and smooth surfaces. Direct sunlight…

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Posted on February 18, 2020 at 10:00

Don Quixote returns to the Joburg Theatre

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 9:54

Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK Kids

Celebrating Peoples Theatre’s 20-year anniversary being based at Joburg Theatre, Jill Girard and Keith Smith are thrilled to bring back one of the audience all-time favourites for their first production in 2020,…

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Posted on February 18, 2020 at 9:42

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