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In 1992, at the age of 9, Chantal Nell bravely climbed up the ladder and took her first swing on the flying trapeze. From that moment she was hooked. She become a member of the Zip Zap Circus School where she realised that being on stage is where her heart was. Read on to find out more.
What is your SPICE4LIFE? That thing that gets you up in the mornings? Luckily I love mornings (well maybe a bit less in winter when its so dark and cold outside.) My SPICE4LIFE is being fit, strong and healthy. It is being blessed with a roof over my head, food in my tummy and friends and family around me. Yes, I would love more money, a fancier car and a bigger home but being able to wake up each day and have the opportunity to experience life even with all its ups and downs is what keeps me going. No, its not always easy but imagine how boring life would be if it was!
ON A PROFESSIONAL NOTE
I was inspired to do what I do based on the opportunity I got when I was little to swing on the flying trapeze. It was the beginning of a life long journey that I would never have imagined when I climbed up that very tall ladder for the first time. When I look back now, climbing that ladder to that platform is what life is like. You can only go a bit further or a bit higher by climbing one step at a time. Moving one foot and one hand from its place on a run to the next run up and the next and the next…..
My dream job, as a kid, was to work for Cirque du Soleil. I started circus when I was 9 and back then, the ultimate goal was to work for them. For performers in this industry, that is ultimate job. It is the limit, the peak, the zenith….
I define success as making the most of what you have and doing the best with it as you can. Success isn’t always about coming out on top or being the best, it is about the making the most of the opportunities we get and how we choose to use the lessons that life deals us.
If I could go back in time, professionally-speaking, I would change the small dance experience I have. I would take more dance classes. I wish I could be as comfortable on the floor as I am in the air. I am always in such awe when I watch dancers move and how they use their bodies.
The worst decision I have ever made was to not continue studying. While on tour, I had a lot of free time on my hands which I wish I had utilized more and did some long distance courses.
My best ‘switch off’ strategy is watching a sunset. No matter where in the world I am, it is something that has a familiar feeling and that can bring a full days chaos to a halt. It brings calmness and allows me to take a moment to be grateful for what I have and to remember that even in the toughest times, things will be okay.
WHAT INSPIRES ME
My life’s motto is everything in moderation.
A MESSAGE TO OTHER WOMEN
My top three tips for women are:
LIVING A LEGACY
Being grateful for what we have is important to me because you could always have less then what you have.
I believe support/giving back to the community is important because it isn’t difficult and it could change someones life. Every person is going through something at some point in their lives. Sometimes even a smile at a stranger can add a bit of positive energy to their journey….
AS AN AMBASSADOR FOR YOUR COUNTRY
If you were to visit my city, I would personally recommend that you visit/see/do, oh where to start!! After traveling around the world and seeing so many places, I can still honestly say that Cape Town is the most beautiful and amazing place in the world. We have everything right here in one place. I would recommend to climb Lions Head and take a ride in the cable car to to the top of Table Mountain. I would spend some time on Clifton 4th and have sundowners in Camps Bay. I would go to Boulders beach and visit the penguins and watch them waddle along the beach. I would take a drive out to Franschhoek and experience some of the delicious wines and amazing landscapes. I would go 4x4ing in the Atlantis dudes and have lunch in Bloubergstrand with Table Mountain as your backdrop.
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