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This is a podcast that believes you can learn from experience, but that experience doesn’t have to be your own. Conversations with creative South Africans hosted by Bob Perfect.

Winner of the 2019 Durban Creative Award for Best Radio Show/Podcast.
42 Episodes
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Jarcque Henning is the owner of a gaming store in Pretoria called HQ Gaming that specialises in Magic: The Gathering. Regular listeners of the podcast will know that I love playing MTG, and HQ Gaming is one of my favourite stores to play at in SA. Jarcque quit his job in IT to pursue his passion of selling pieces of pretty cardboard to nerds like myself. It's a bold move but it's one that seems to be paying off as Jarcque has attracted a regular customer base through competitive pricing and offering players generous incentives.We get into the difficulties of selling a relatively obscure luxury product in the current South African economy and we also hear tales of Jarcque's international competitive experiences. Jarcque is one of the few store owners who is also a competitive player which gives him a unique perspective on the wants and needs of his player base. We also get into the future of South African MTG and Jarcque's role in it. HQ Gaming along with Easy Gaming Group will be hosting the first ever Africa MTG Open Series at Comic-Con Africa with a first place cash prize of R3000 for each day, so I expect to see the best in the country duking it out to secure the loot. We're giving away R250 of store credit to HQ Gaming to one rad Almost Perfect listener. To enter into the draw all you have to do is leave a review of the podcast on Apple podcasts and email us the screenshot to almostperfectpod@gmail.com. Patrons on our Patreon all automatically get one free entry into the competition. Competition closes at midnight on September 30th and a winner will be randomly selected on October 1. Check out HQ Gaming's website: https://hqgaming.co.za/Follow them on Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/HQGamingSouthAfrica/Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hqgamingsouthafrica/Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfectSocial Media:Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectbob/Twitter: https://twitter.com/almost_podcast
It's another solo episode. This time I go over the Heat City Comedy Festival and my one-man show The End of the World. Putting both together at the same time was rather challenging and brought with it many lessons. So, this podcast is a look back at those lessons, both for myself and for anyone who is interested in learning from my experiences. It's kinda the whole shtick of this podcast.Join me as we delve into the highs and lows of putting together a comedy festival in Durban on a tight budget, whilst writing and performing a one-man show for that festival at the same time.  Listen to the podcast on the platform of your choice:iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-almost-perfect-podcast/id1438172559?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/0s0utGL8dDa3TeDnDD4q93 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82ZDE2ODM4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-almost-perfect-podcast Breaker: www.breaker.audio/the-almost-perfect-podcast Castbox: castbox.fm/channel/id1455161 RadioPublic: radiopublic.com/the-almost-perfect-podcast-6VDPVE Pocket Casts: pca.st/CH1T Anchor: anchor.fm/almostperfect Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfect Social Media:Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectbob/Twitter: https://twitter.com/almost_podcast 
Episode 40 - Sanele Cele

Episode 40 - Sanele Cele

2019-08-1401:16:20

Sanele Cele is a fashion designer and entrepreneur who has always gone against the grain. His unique hustle has lead to him building a unique career where, along with creating his own highly sought-after label that all your favourite musicians wear, Tepracha, Sanele has worked with brands like New Balance & Markham, and exhibited at SA Fashion Week as well as countless other fashion events. Not bad for a creative kid from Umlazi who was told he'd never make it in fashion by members of his own family. I met Sanele in 2011 where we teamed up for a blogging competition of all things. It was for a street culture event in Jozi called STR.CRD where everyone had shoes that cost more than our phones. It was a surreal experience for us but one that laid the seeds for our friendship and also our careers. As you'll hear on the podcast, Sanele found ways to leverage the experience and has continued to build on every opportunity he gets. We reminisce over the early days of our careers and talk through some of the lessons we've learned since. We get into the importance of talking about money as creatives. We also look at some of the weaknesses of the fashion industry in Durban and what changes can be made to improve them. Enjoy.Follow Tempracha on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/tempracha_/ Listen to the podcast on the platform of your choice:iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-almost-perfect-podcast/id1438172559?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/0s0utGL8dDa3TeDnDD4q93 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82ZDE2ODM4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-almost-perfect-podcast Breaker: www.breaker.audio/the-almost-perfect-podcast Castbox: castbox.fm/channel/id1455161 RadioPublic: radiopublic.com/the-almost-perfect-podcast-6VDPVE Pocket Casts: pca.st/CH1T Anchor: anchor.fm/almostperfect Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfect Social Media:Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectbob/Twitter: https://twitter.com/almost_podcast
Camilla Pontiggia is a multi-media artist who mostly wears the hat of filmmaker these days. Camilla recently took the plunge from the safety of gainful employment to the unbuckled roller coaster that is freelance life. This lead to her attending the Durban Film Mart at this year's Durban International Film Festival where we met at a round table discussion about documentary film making that I was facilitating. I was intrigued by the questions she asked about experimenting with the form of documentaries so I picked her brain a bit after the discussion and quickly realised she'd be a perfect guest for the podcast. Camilla has always known her purpose was to create art that has a positive impact on the world, but the who, what, when, where, and how haven't always been as clear. Her artistic journey has been one of insecurity and uncertainty, something many of us can relate to, but with introspection and experience Camilla is finding her voice and what she wants to say more and more. We get into the intricacies of the the spaces between identities, and what people with dual identities have to offer the world. We also get into what Camilla learned at the DFM (and art school), the power of mockumentaries, and what makes The Mighty Boosh and Parks & Rec so great.Watch Camilla's work here:  https://vimeo.com/camillapontiggia Follow her on Insta:   https://www.instagram.com/avant_garde_and_quiche/ For Camilla's poetry and photography:  https://www.instagram.com/ag_and_quiche_writes/  Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfect Social Media:Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectbob/Twitter: https://twitter.com/almost_podcast
Episode 38 - Charl Blignaut

Episode 38 - Charl Blignaut

2019-07-2400:49:55

Charl Blignaut is one of the most important people in South African arts and culture but he'll tell you he's just doing his job. Charl is a prolific writer, producer, critic, teacher, mentor, and all around contributor to making art in South Africa, and someone who engages deeply with that art. Charl has written and produced countless important South African stories and feels it's his duty to pass on the skills he's learned to promising young writers from all backgrounds, with a focus on queer and black writers. Charl shares stories of growing up queer in Apartheid South Africa and how it instilled in him his spirit of rebellion that's guided him throughout his life. We venture into deep and dark topics, but I left with a renewed sense of duty and critical curiosity, and a reminder of how young I still am and how little I still know. This one is not for the feint of heart and will have you reconsidering your privileges and role to play in this world. Follow Charl on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/sa_poptart  Listen to the podcast on the platform of your choice:iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-almost-perfect-podcast/id1438172559?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/0s0utGL8dDa3TeDnDD4q93 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82ZDE2ODM4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-almost-perfect-podcast Breaker: www.breaker.audio/the-almost-perfect-podcast Castbox: castbox.fm/channel/id1455161 RadioPublic: radiopublic.com/the-almost-perfect-podcast-6VDPVE Pocket Casts: pca.st/CH1T Anchor: anchor.fm/almostperfect Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfect Social Media:Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectbob/Twitter: https://twitter.com/almost_podcast
Episode 37 - Q&A

Episode 37 - Q&A

2019-07-1001:25:11

You've probably been wondering what's happening with the podcast. Don't worry, there are still plenty of cool interviews lined up for you but for now I'm focusing on organising the Heat City Comedy Festival and finishing writing my second one-man show "The End of the World". That means I haven't had the time need to prep up and interview someone else, but that doesn't mean I can't interview myself with questions submitted by you, the listener. Thanks so much to everyone who submitted questions, this was a lot of fun to answer if rather personal. I guess that's the point though. I hope you enjoy getting to know me a bit better and this tides you over until the next proper episode of the podcast. Like I said, I have some really interesting guests lined up in the very near future so you won't have to wait too long for some new stories to learn from. You can get tickets to my show "The End of the World" on Webtickets: http://bit.ly/endoftheworldtix Listen to the podcast on the platform of your choice:iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-almost-perfect-podcast/id1438172559?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/0s0utGL8dDa3TeDnDD4q93 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82ZDE2ODM4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-almost-perfect-podcast Breaker: www.breaker.audio/the-almost-perfect-podcast Castbox: castbox.fm/channel/id1455161 RadioPublic: radiopublic.com/the-almost-perfect-podcast-6VDPVE Pocket Casts: pca.st/CH1T Anchor: anchor.fm/almostperfect Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfect Social Media:Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectbob/Twitter: https://twitter.com/almost_podcast
Episode 36 - Ross Charles

Episode 36 - Ross Charles

2019-06-1901:35:54

Ross Charles is a musician who recently made the top 16 of The Voice SA. Ross definitely deserves it as he has a phenomenal voice and has been putting in the grind as regular feature on the Durban gigging circuit for a few years now with Stone Palace and as a solo act. I still remember the first time I heard him sing and that's probably the highest praise I could give a vocalist. This one was actually recorded about 2 months ago when Ross first made it through the audition stages of the competition but we couldn't post it because of contractual obligations. Since Ross has gracefully bowed out of the competition (and I've been hella sick), it seems like a good time to take a look back at Ross looking forward to the competition. We get into what the competition means to him and why he entered, and we also get into his approach to the competition. We learn about the years of work and dedication it's taken to get to this point and we dive deep on the frustrations of trying to make a living as a musician in Durban. Hopefully it'll be less of a struggle now that more people know Ross's name, but he knows that he has to make the most of the opportunities it's opened up for him. Watch Ross's blind audition here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPBBqHVZq5Q Follow Ross on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/rosschvrles/ Listen to the podcast on the platform of your choice:iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-almost-perfect-podcast/id1438172559?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/0s0utGL8dDa3TeDnDD4q93 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82ZDE2ODM4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-almost-perfect-podcast Breaker: www.breaker.audio/the-almost-perfect-podcast Castbox: castbox.fm/channel/id1455161 RadioPublic: radiopublic.com/the-almost-perfect-podcast-6VDPVE Pocket Casts: pca.st/CH1T Anchor: anchor.fm/almostperfect Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfect Social Media:Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectbob/Twitter: https://twitter.com/almost_podcast
Episode 35 - Mx Blouse

Episode 35 - Mx Blouse

2019-06-1301:17:07

Mx Blouse is a musician who took the long road to get there. They started out as a political journalist and then got into fashion journalism, before immersing themselves in the Cape Town music scene and coming out of it as someone who no longer just contributes to the pages of magazines but instead now graces the covers. Mx Blouse is gender non-binary and we get into the positives and negatives of being a non-binary creative in 2019. It's wonderful that there's more and more representation, but there are still many closed doors for queer artists so Mx Blouse has learned to get around the more traditional ways of "making it".We hear what it's like to go from interviewing artists to creating music with them, and how conversations on nights out can lead to a change in careers. We also hear a funny story about Gwede Mantashe and we get into the early days of blogging and influencer culture. Enjoy.Listen to Mx Blouse on Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ajpZ48mZRH2U5u4TbzfAE Listen to the podcast on the platform of your choice:iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-almost-perfect-podcast/id1438172559?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/0s0utGL8dDa3TeDnDD4q93 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82ZDE2ODM4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-almost-perfect-podcast Breaker: www.breaker.audio/the-almost-perfect-podcast Castbox: castbox.fm/channel/id1455161 RadioPublic: radiopublic.com/the-almost-perfect-podcast-6VDPVE Pocket Casts: pca.st/CH1T Anchor: anchor.fm/almostperfect Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfect Social Media:Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectbob/Twitter: https://twitter.com/almost_podcast
Episode 34 - Keenan Cerff

Episode 34 - Keenan Cerff

2019-06-0601:09:42

Keenan Cerff is a comedian who is on the pursuit of happiness, whether it's providing it for others or just doing the one thing that makes him happy- stand up comedy. That pursuit seems to be working out well for Keenan as he's now travelling the country doing comedy, although he really wants to share his jokes with the world. He's opened for some of the biggest names in the game and even cracked the nod as one of the talented acts selected for Trevor Noah's second Nationwild show. Keenan is a sensitive and thoughtful cat. We get an honest perspective on life in Lavender Hill, hating your job,  and pursuing your dreams at all costs. We also get into the importance of making the most out of opportunities and continuing to build momentum. If you're stuck in an office job that you hate, this might just inspire you to quit. Or it'll just help you get through the next hour of your life. Enjoy. Follow Keenan on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/K_Cerff Listen to the podcast on the platform of your choice:iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-almost-perfect-podcast/id1438172559?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/0s0utGL8dDa3TeDnDD4q93 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82ZDE2ODM4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-almost-perfect-podcast Breaker: www.breaker.audio/the-almost-perfect-podcast Castbox: castbox.fm/channel/id1455161 RadioPublic: radiopublic.com/the-almost-perfect-podcast-6VDPVE Pocket Casts: pca.st/CH1T Anchor: anchor.fm/almostperfect Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfect Social Media:Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectbob/Twitter: https://twitter.com/almost_podcast
Episode 33 - Leah Jazz

Episode 33 - Leah Jazz

2019-05-3001:47:07

Leah Jazz is a comedian, writer, and radio presenter on 5FM. Leah has tried her hand at a few different careers in her 24 years on this planet but seems to have finally found her purpose with comedy and radio. Her path is an unconventional one but looking back, it all makes sense that it would lead her to where she is today.Leah and I have known each other for years and are incredibly close. She was my sub-editor at Durban is Yours for about a year, we had a social media company together for a very short while, and we worked together on different shows at DYR1051. But before all that, we were friends. It's been a real pleasure to watch Leah grow over the years and I have no doubt that she still has an exciting life ahead of her. We get into small town life vs big city dreams, travelling vs community, and not knowing what you want to do with your life. We also find out how Leah got her position at 5FM, and how she's learning to deliver her messages in effective ways. Follow Leah on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/areyoujazz/ Listen to the podcast on the platform of your choice:iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-almost-perfect-podcast/id1438172559?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/0s0utGL8dDa3TeDnDD4q93 Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy82ZDE2ODM4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-almost-perfect-podcast Breaker: www.breaker.audio/the-almost-perfect-podcast Castbox: castbox.fm/channel/id1455161 RadioPublic: radiopublic.com/the-almost-perfect-podcast-6VDPVE Pocket Casts: pca.st/CH1T Anchor: anchor.fm/almostperfect Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfect Social Media:Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectbob/Twitter: https://twitter.com/almost_podcast
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