Throughout the events of 2020 carrying into 2021, it can be hard to stay positive and find inspiration to keep creating and working toward your goals.
But TDK Macassette, South African dancer, singer, and radio host, has used this time to stay grounded and focused on her aspirations.
“I have survived because I have - and we all have - a purpose on this earth, we just need to stay positive,” TDK tells GLAMOUR South Africa, noting that she’s stayed busy during the pandemic by honing in on her fashion skills, working hard in the studio, managing her time wisely, and being around family.
TDK, who describes herself as “truly a versatile musician” and creator, has wholeheartedly inserted her energy into passionate projects that have helped her excel both personally and professionally.
With such a busy schedule and many different endeavours on her plate, TDK knows the value of self-care and prioritising wellness.
She always makes time for relaxation and her health, “even if it’s just chilling on my couch or exercising or hanging around positive people who I feel care about my sanity,” she explains.
Read on for TDK’s advice on staying balanced, inspired, and sane while pursuing the career of your dreams!
How do you use your social media platform to express what you're passionate about?
Through colour and mood, honestly. Simplicity is key for me.
How do you hope to inspire other people through your music?
Through the message behind my music and to let my people know that it’s ok, we are all human, and things will not always go as we plan, but with God taking care of it, you can make it.
What is a staple in your daily routine that you can't live without?
Prayer, I cannot live without asking God for guidance, thanking him, and trust him.
How was your journey to become a singer?
Pure luck truly, from being a PR consultant and working in the corporate industry, to where I am right now is quite a risk I don’t regret.
What new music or projects have you been working on recently?
Well quite a few, I’m truly a versatile musician and I don’t see myself boxed so my people should truly wait and see️. But I have done quite a few features here and there.
How have you been staying positive through everything going on, and has it been difficult to stay positive?
I mean it has and it still not easy especially when you know you are the positive vibe in the family, I break down sometimes, but like I said, I have survived because I have - and we all have - a purpose on this earth, we just need to stay positive.
How have you been staying busy during the pandemic?
Well I have started to learn more in my fashion skills, been in the studio, tried to actually manage time wisely, and be around family.
What inspired you to create music?
Life, my surroundings, and this thing that keeps wanting to say something inside of me and dancing most importantly.
What are three beauty products you swear by - and the best beauty advice you could give?
Take care of your skin, body, and soul, try to meditate alone, try not to use make up and always keeping hydrated, exercise when possible because healthy skin is a healthy you.
How do you make time for and prioritise self-care in your busy schedule?
Oh I do make time, even if it’s just chilling on my couch or exercising or hanging around positive people who I feel care about my sanity.
What's something most people may not know about you?
I love traditional Zulu food. I love eating, a lot.
What surprised you most about getting into the music industry?
The fact that you are the only person who can push yourself with a great time of course, no one has your best interest except yourself, family, and close friends. Not new friends.
What are your future goals/aspirations for my career?
To grow bigger and better than where I’m at right now, put myself first, and to make sure that I go for what I deserve and meant to be mine to grasp it with both hands.