Takes! BOOK

Introducing Creative Nestlings first book, a collection of advice from African creatives who have shown that they have what it takes to pursue the creative life succeed, fail and keep moving forward!

About the What It Takes Book: Vol 1.

Join our founder dillion s. phiri as he visits and elicits Advice from over 60 young African creatives who have made it work as a passion and business. Itumeleng SOLAR Modise on investing in your energy account, Anelisa Mangcu on starting, Andile Buka on bringing life to your work,  Tiisetso Molobi aka urbanmosadi on the business of creativity, Nereya Otieno on pacing yourself through self doubt, Gareth Pon on finding your voice,  Sindiso Nyoni on putting in the work, Maneo Mohale on the elusion of perfection, Rendani Nemakhavhani  on collaboration and Atang Tshikare on success as a fantasy - to name just a few.

The book follows their journeys, insights, and ideas from great these creatives who have spoken at our Conversations On Creativity talk series. 

We revisit them in their spaces as they share their greatest lessons on starting, failure, success, passion, quitting, health, family, balance and the all-important business of creativity. The book aims to inspire, educate and celebrate African creativity from the experiences of actual African creatives.

In true Creative Nestlings spirit the book is self-published and in collaboration with members of our network with photography, design, and illustrations. 

- Pages: 148
- Size: A5
- Soft Cover, Pur Binding

ISBN: 978-0-620-80178-2

The cover illustrations are by Musonda Kabwe and the whole book is designed by our friends at Samuel. They really did a good job.

For more info on the book email dillion@creativenestlings.com

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