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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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Autumn Saviours

The change of season always plays havoc with various things- as the leaves fall abundantly everywhere, so your hair seems to want to mimic this plan of nature and you find that copious amounts of hair are alarmingly leaving your head. I usually try to put a stop to this arrangement by jumping in with immediate preventative measures- and these are old favourites- I bought these products myself, they are not sponsored at all.*…

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Posted on April 6, 2018 at 9:47

A Sultry Start to the Ballet Season- CARMEN

There is more than a modicum of excitement in the dance community at the moment, as for the first time in many years, Joburg Ballet will perform to live orchestral accompaniment, courtesy of the Johannesburg Philharmonic…

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Posted on March 28, 2018 at 9:31

Firming up with Filorga

Premium skincare brand Filorga have recently launched their new range- Lift-structure- which is predominantly for tightening, firming and redensifying the skin. So if you’ve experienced loss of volume due to the gradual lack of collagen and hyaluronic acid in your skin, listen up…

What the Filorga labs have done is formulated Plasmatic Lifting Factors® (PLF)- a cocktail combining three types of active ingredients used in aesthetic injections: Cellular Factors,…

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Posted on March 21, 2018 at 16:21

Exuviance- Transforming Skin with Vitamin C

As we get to the end of summer, perhaps you’ve been a tad careless in terms of applying your sunscreen regularly and you might see a few signs of UV ray exposure, like dark spots or pigmentation. I always love to share the newest skincare products which address these problems and one of the most…

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Posted on March 10, 2018 at 17:37

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