In my women’s day tribute I wrote an article called Striking Rocks. This article briefly makes mention of Blaqpearl , a story-teller using different mediums. Today I’m excited to announce I had the opportunity to pick Janine’s brain about her career , successes, passions and her first self published book for our Women Supporting Women in Business (WSWB) feature on the blog.
Janine Van Rooy- Overmeyer also known as BlaqPearl grew up in the beautiful streets of Cape Town. At the age of 12 she started writing poetry and songs. Her music is a fusion of Afro/Soul/Hiphop/Jazz/R&B. Janine has performed nationally and internationally and is also a cast member in popular and award-winning musical theatre productions namely Afrikaaps & A Plekkie in die son.
Towards the end of 2011 this powerhouse finally released her debut album titled Against All Odds. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of the Western Cape, Janine is testament to the old adage that education is power. She is proudly vocal about social issues & loves doing development work with youth.
In 2015 Janine released Karadaaa!!!, a self published book .
2016 saw her performing in two more theatre productions nl. Krotoa & Oratorio of a forgotten youth. Her services as professional Artist for events is Live Music, Poetry, Storytelling and Motivational speaking.
Q: As a woman in business what would you say is the number one cause of your success.
‘As a woman in business the number one cause of my success is my belief in myself. Along with that, I work at making my dreams a reality and thrive on being professional, especially when engaging with people. I love to learn. Growing and constantly developing is important.’
Q: I understand you have authored your first book, can you tell me a bit more about this.
‘Yes, I self published my first book, titled Karadaaa!!! It was released towards the end of 2015. It’s a collection of my poetry, stories and songs written and created since my teens until now my thirties. It includes writing in both Afrikaans and English. It is being received well. I sold a good number of books so far. I am just thankful that people are open to and supporting my work. I’m also being invited to various events for example Etymotic Mondays, Franschhoek Literary Festival and to the upcoming Open Book Festival in September, to name a few. These are great platforms to showcase my book. I am very positive about this step I took to finally release my writing in this format and I’m proud. Now people can see me perform these works and they can leave with a copy of my book to continue reading it. I am very passionate about reading and therefore encourage people to read. It is the best gift to give yourself or someone else…a book.’
Q:What are you passionate about?
‘Furthermore I am very passionate about human engagement and development. I believe we are all connected and placed together on earth to help, teach and heal each other. I am also passionate about my art namely music, poetry, storytelling and theatre performances. So whenever I am expressing in these forms, I do it wholeheartedly, with respect for my gifts and talents and to the audiences. My family is very important to me, so I value all our time spent together (with love and passion).’