Meet Sean McCollet a television presenter for the SABC 1 show Instapreneurs - a reality show that follows the lives of modern-day public figures who have created a brand for themselves online.
Sean is also a model that has fronted campaigns for Jockey, PQ Clothing and walked runways in London and all fashion weeks in South-Africa.
McCollet has featured on at least 10 magazine covers and has enjoyed a successful modelling career that includes walking for the iconic David Tlale.
The young model was born in Jozi but relocated to Cape Town to live with his older sister following the death of his parents.
We at GQ HQ caught up with McCollet, take a look at what we talked about below.
Briefly tell us who are you and what makes you tick?
I’m a model and a TV presenter on Instapreneurs which airs every Thursday on SABC 1. I started out in the industry as a Publicist and artists manager to a few personalities like Boity, Pearl Modiadie and Khanya Mkangisa. I grew up in Capetown and i was discovered as a model by the wonderful ThickLeeyonce in 2013.
How do you balance your busy schedule, i.e. being a model, public relations officer and a TV presenter?
Since I no longer practice PR, my schedule is not as hectic as before. In the beginning it used be tough because we had to do a lot of reshoots but now it’s not as grueling. For example, I just wrapped up fashion week and that took up most of my time. So for me, it’s always about making sure that I have my schedule from my agency as well as my manager for all my gigs at least a week prior. That way, I don’t get double booked - believe me...it’s happened like twice to me and it’s the absolute worst.
What inspires you the most?
My sister. She is a single mother who’s defied the odds. Even after my mom passed away, I sort of became her 2nd child and she took me in. Her strength, resilience and hard work is truly inspiring.
In terms of my career, I’m inspired by Jon Kortajena, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks. These are models who’ve transcended the world of fashion and have not only become household names but have also created empires because of their foundation as models.
How do you stay in shape?
I work out at least 3 times a week and I try to stay away from junk food. It also depends on my schedule and whether I’m preparing for a topless shoot. When I know I will be shooting topless, I train 6 times a week for 3 hours a day for like two weeks before the shoot.
If you could change the world, what would you want to change the most?
Definitely eliminate poverty. It saddens me to think that there are people who still have to worry about where their next meal will come from. And then there is this issues of femicides that have taken place in South-Africa, I would definitely make our nation a safer place for women.
What the top five tracks on your playlist right now?
Hahaha! This is going to get me judged by a lot of people but Chris Brown - Heat. I play this song before an event because it puts me in the mood. Meghan Trainor - Woman Up. It’s a great gym song, that beat goes in! Sun El Musician - Into ingawe. Such an emotional song that talks about the power of prayer and dreams coming true, I can definitely relate to it right now. Jorja Smith - Be Honest. This song makes me want to head to the club even though I’m an introvert haha! Migos - Gang Gang. This is by far their best song and I play it at least once every week.
Who are your five favourite designers?
Locally Orapeleng Modutle, Rich Mnisi and David Tlale. For me these guys are the big 3 in South-Africa. They are my top because they are leading and setting design trends in and outside of South-Africa and I’ve been blessed to work with all of them. Internationally I’m loving Olivier from Balmain and Jeremy Scott.
What would you want to be remembered for the most?
To have been someone who went for and lived his dream and to also have changed people’s lives.
And lastly, give us five tips that you use to stay on top of your game?
Perseverance , Patience , Humility , Hardwork and Do it all with love. This industry will throw you the worst obstacles so I always make sure that I do as much work in myself internally as much as I do externally. You get a lot of no’s and you are competing with people who’d take your spot in a second.