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My Freak Finger Accident

March 13th, 2015 Posted by News, Uncategorized 6 comments

I must warn you that if you are the type of person that looks away at some of the scenes in Grey’s Anatomy, then this is NOT the blog for you – GRAPHIC IMAGES!

 

As some of you may have seen on social media, on Tuesday 10 March 2015 on a regular morning I arrived at gym with my gym trainer as I do most mornings and began my session as per normal. About half way through my session, we had finished doing bench press with free weights and I was on my first set of incline press. After my 12 reps I attempted to drop the weights at my side so I could sit up… And this is where the freak accident happened.

 

I was unaware that next to me were lying the weights from my previous set. As I let go of the 20kg weights my right ring finger got slammed between the weights I let go and the weights that were lying next to me – crushing the tip of my finger. At first it just felt like I had slammed my finger in the door. That is until I decided to look at the finger… This is what I saw:

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Gross right?! Well naturally we rushed off to hospital to have it checked out. I didn’t scream or anything but I remember clearly praying out loud and feeling ill and faint in the parking lot. After a big mistake (ending up at some dodgy hospital) my brother and his fiancé transferred me to Mediclinic in Gardens. They were INCREDIBLE – brilliant nurses and doctors.

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Later that afternoon I was admitted into surgery where the surgeon had to rebuild my nail bed, align the tip of my bone, remove my nail and re sew my nail back on as a temporary splint. It was a short 1-hour surgery and probably looks much worse than it was, but DAMN it was an ordeal. Can you believe that he put stitches through my nail to keep it in place?!

3 days later I had to go visit the surgeon again to check the wound. Check out the stitches:

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This was probably the most painful part. Looks like he did a great job, but still so gruesome!

 

Anyway, in the process I have learned how hard it is to brush your teeth with your left hand, how hard it is to wash your left armpit with your left hand, how hard driving is with 1 hand, how frustrating typing is and how impossible it is to write with my left hand.

 

I must give a big thank you to my family, my gym trainer (Dan), my surgeon and all the nurses (who all were so kind and wanted to say hello because of my days on Hectic Nine-9) and to YOU for the incredible support. I literally have been dealing with the best and felt so loved!

 

Now I’m on my 6-week road to recovery… Prayers welcome!

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PRESENTER SEARCH 101

March 2nd, 2015 Posted by Inspiration 4 comments

So Hectic Nine-9 is looking for new presenters and so is SABC3. If you plan to go to one or both of these, remember the points below. I have been to a few auditions myself and this is what I have taken away from them.

Presenter searches are scary things to attend… But there ARE ways you can prepare yourself for them if you are serious about wanting to put yourself on the line.

1) Prepare yourself to deliver a link. A link is no longer than 15 seconds. It needs to be delivered slowly and in an engaging way that shows your personality – do not try be too serious or contrived – they want to see YOU.

2) Know that by coming you are already past 50% of the way. Most people quit before they even try.

3) The hard truth about television is that when a show is looking for presenters they have already formulated in their minds the ‘type’ of character they want to see on the show. So if you don’t make it through, please don’t feel disheartened – this was just not the opportunity for you. Soon you will go to an audition where they will be looking for someone JUST like you.

4) Create an impression. This can be through your words, your link, your dress, the way you interact with the staff or whatever. Make sure the team remember you and can’t help but smile when they think of your audition.

5) Remember to not be arrogant. It’s your personality that sells on TV, nothing more, nothing less.

6) One of the best tricks I learned from all the auditions I have been to is to actually do your link in front of friends or family that will make you feel uncomfortable. This is good practise for when that camera is rolling and the adrenaline pumps. If you can get it seamlessly with your friends, the camera will be a breeze.

7) Sit before your audition and put yourself in a place where the company tells you that you DO NOT have the job. Feel what it feels like to do your best and be rejected. If you can mentally prepare yourself for that, you have nothing to lose by going to the audition.

8) BE YOURSELF. I keep repeating this, but TV is all about personality. The show doesn’t want a repeat of anyone. So if you are a complete nerd, be that. If you are sexy and sassy, be that. It’s all about how DIFFERENT you are.

9) Remember that you are amazing and capable and awesome… Out of over a thousand, there can only be 1 for this job. Be brave and take it on

 

GOOD LUCK!!!

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My Message To The Youth

December 17th, 2014 Posted by Inspiration 7 comments

Hey Peeps

On Monday I had the huge honour of celebrating my last show presenting for Hectic Nine-9 on SABC2. What an absolutely perfect way to end my 4 years on the show.

My vision for the show was always to take 1 hour to inspire the youth of South Africa. If I know of some of the challenges I faced in my life, it’s always an eye-opener to know that there are children in my country that suffer far more than I ever did. However, the challenges faced are sometimes similar and so I wanted to take my journey and share a few pointers for our youth.

This was my message:

 

If you have any other inspiring words for the youth of South Africa, post them in the comments below and let’s create hope in our seemingly hopeless country.

 

Please also share this with anyone who might be going through a hard time… Let God spread love!!

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There Comes a Time When You Need a Push In Order To FLY

November 24th, 2014 Posted by Inspiration, News 9 comments

In September 2010 a young, wild and curious me took a chance at something new… Four years later it is time for me to take that journey again. This time with so much more experience and understanding. Yes, it’s time for me to open the doors to a new Mlungu for Hectic Nine-9.

I really cannot believe that my journey on Hectic Nine-9 has spanned over 4 years. Those years have seen me graduate with my degree from UCT, present the live show, work as a studio producer for live television, start a company, take on my very own radio show and serve the board of a fantastic organisation. In many ways I have shocked myself by the possibilities one can achieve when you are passionate about something. I do, however, feel that I am starting to outgrow my own shoes and I am itching to take that next dangerous step to allowing me to fly towards even greater success.

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So yes, on 15 December this year I will be hosting my last show on Hectic Nine-9. I did, however, feel as though I owed you all an explanation and to hopefully make you realise that in no way is my decision to leave based on any anger or fear.

 

So why AM I leaving?

You know, I wish there was a simple answer for this question. One of the main reasons that I am leaving is that for anybody to be in one place for too long is unhealthy. Hectic Nine-9 has taught me so much in my four years and has seen me grow from presenter into producer and beyond. I do, however, feel like my opportunities for personal growth are starting to deplete and because I am so passionate about growth and development, I would not be living up to my message if I hung around for safety’s sake – it’s time that I spread my wings and experience a new challenge in my life.

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To reject the fallacy, no there is nothing that I am leaving Hectic Nine-9 specifically for. Rather it’s an opportunity for me to rediscover who I want to be (the me God wants me to be) and to take the time to explore more opportunities in my field.

There are plenty more reasons I could go in to for making this decision but I feel it would not be appropriate on the web. I do want you to know that I am extremely happy and excited for the future.

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Let me elaborate… I am 23 years old and have experienced more work opportunities in my 4 years of TV then most people experience in their entire lives. God has blessed me like that. I do, however, feel as though it would be irresponsible of me to hang on to my opportunities for much longer and to not let other people have the same opportunities I have had. In addition to this, I have a massive fear of being stagnant. I never want to feel like I arrive at work and am learning nothing. In order for me to keep growing as a person, it’s important that I experience new things and take big risks in the hope that it comes with rewards of personal growth. I have big dreams, South Africa, and cannot achieve them by standing in one place. I may have nothing in the immediate pipeline for the future but I cannot create any opportunities while I am still with HN9. I need to experiment, fail, experiment again and fail again… I need to be the best!

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So what’s next?

As it stands, I am going to continue with my radio show on Good Hope FM. On the work front, I am also freelancing as a Development Producer in Cape Town. Other than that I am on the hunt for the next big challenge in my life. This might see me work on more television shows (or behind the scenes), it might see me move to Johannesburg, it might see me start a business or 2, it might see me start a YouTube channel or 2, it might even see me move to the UK to explore how places like the BBC do television and specifically how they incorporate digital as an entertainment medium into the way people consume media.

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Work aside, I do feel like God is calling me to be involved in more service. I will continue to serve as a director on the board of Life Choices, I will be taking a new position as a youth leader at my parish, the entrepreneur in me is going to be working on a few digital platforms I am wanting to develop – one is an innovative look at religion and specifically Catholicism, and the other is in insurance – using online video content to promote saving in our youth. Other than that I will still be assisting Hectic Nine-9 as a freelance studio producer into the new year.

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What has this journey taught me so far?

Wow! I don’t think there is a way that you can speak to 3 million youth on a daily basis and not get affected. HN9 has been my absolute life for the past 4 years and one of the most amazing experiences I have seen was something I saw on Facebook recently. When I had started on the show in 2010 I had accepted a series of fans on my private Facebook account (as I didn’t think I would be there for long). These kids were only 15 or so at the time. Recently I have seen all their posts of glory as they are starting to be accepted into universities and winning accolades. I cannot believe that I have journeyed with our youth during some of the toughest years of anyones life. How proud I feel that our viewers are achieving so much with their lives and inspiring their peers.

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Another lesson I have learned is that people do business with people. Not once have I received a vote of thanks or message of praise from a fan purely because of the fact that I am on TV. Rather, I was receiving votes of thanks and messages of praise because of how everyone that watches the show on a daily basis connected deeply with something personal they knew about me. It has been such an important lesson to remember – that people aren’t stupid. They will know if you are being fake with them, so be real ALWAYS! And be the authentic you always – bruises and all.

Never lose hope! If there is one thing that the youth of South Africa should be proud of, it’s their ability to never lose hope. Every day you interact with us on air, I am overwhelmed by your desire to learn, grow and become the person you want to be. It has inspired me to keep going in spite of the many challenges I face on a daily basis.

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This isn’t goodbye!

You and I will get a chance to say our final goodbyes on the 15th of December so I have decided to not speak for too long here. Just know that I am not abandoning you. I will always have a special place in my heart for the youth of my beloved country. One day when you are all entrepreneurs, famous TV stars, dancers, actors, lawyers, doctors or even fisherman and policeman, I hope you will send me a message so I can revel in your success with you. Continue to shine positivity and light to your peers and loved ones and never forget that you are not alone in whatever circumstance you may find yourself in. God has a great big plan and you are exactly where you are meant to be. Smile!

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I wanted to leave you with a message I received on Facebook in the hope that it will inspire you to use your life to grow other people around you:

Dear Danilo

It has taken me a whole lot of courage to write to you this message but here goes nothing…

I am telling you this story of mine because I believe sharing something personal with someone brings some sort of healing. I was born with a severe heart muscle condition and recently I’ve been told that I will only live for the next year or two maximum. Seems like a very short time left isn’t it? But each day I have is a gift and grateful to still be here and I always remember that God has my life in His hands and has the final say. When I watch you present, its like you speak to my heart, I felt a sense of peace that came over me. I believe that God was blessing me through YOU and I want to say Thank You for being that blessing in my life. I can’t even put into words the joy and peace I got from you.

You encourages me to let my faith keep me going even in this situation I am in. Thank You for always sharing your wisdom, it really reflects on what a kind and gentle heart you have. You are an amazing person Danilo, beautiful inside and out and I pray that God may continue to bless you in everything you do.

I have grown to love you as this God-Fearing man so Thank You for who you are and I will always be a fan in this lifetime and in the next.

If heaven can’t wait to have me then I can’t wait to tell heaven about you.

Love always”

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Lots of love #DANcers and I know we will see each other on your screens again soon! Please keep supporting me the way you have been and follow me on this digital journey as I try and bring South Africa one step closer to the modern era of digital TV.

 

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Don’t Get Comfortable – Things Are About To Change

July 8th, 2014 Posted by Opinion Piece 4 comments

The other day one of my Twitter followers asked me whether I was leaving Hectic Nine-9 because they saw a picture of me in the control room that was captioned “Danilo Acquisto is studio producing today #BehindTheScenes”  instead of presenting and this sparked a MUCH bigger debate and I thought it warranted a blog post…

I want to contextualise that this was not just an isolated incident. Let’s have a look at a conversation I had with a teen who attends church with me and is part of a program called Life Teen (of which I am a leader):

Me: So dude, I am very interested to know what it is that you want to do with your life after school?

 Him: Well I love music and sound so I was thinking of studying sound engineering and starting my own radio station… Who knows I could start the next Metro FM!

 Most of you must be thinking “well what’s wrong with that?! He sounds ambitious” so let me explain what the problem is here…

I have had the opportunity of chatting to SO many young people in my life and trust me when I say I get LOADS of different answers when I ask the question about their futures. But what always seems to surprise me is that very few young people in South Africa look to the future in order to set themselves up for success. The reason I am concerned about the guy from my church wanting to start a radio station is that by the time he gets to University and wants to start with the company (and which he has dedicated his time and many years of thought), technology would have moved so fast that by then we would all be listening to online radio – there would be no place for another radio station – imagine that disappointment. Think about how fast your phone has developed – the work place develops as fast and if you can’t keep up you will fall behind. The scary thing is that our schools don’t teach us that and we get sucked into the mindset of law, doctors, accountants etc and no one is looking to what is still to come. There is maturity in holding on for something greater that is to come.

So, why do I, Danilo Acquisto, choose to do production AND presenting for Hectic Nine-9?! The answer is simple – I know I still have a LONG way ahead of me in my working career and if I don’t keep up with where the industry is going and keep developing myself and learning new skills then I will miss the band wagon. Remember I started that small online magazine? The reason behind that was to pre-empt the move of traditional publication to the online space and to familiarise myself with how the online space operates so when it does become a trend, I know what I am doing and can keep up. Hence why I am now learning about production and working on a new company which will deal primarily with online video production… All because I KNOW that will be the future. If I chose to just be a presenter for normal TV, eventually I would have missed the trend and would need to catch up and learn about online which will take too much time. I rather choose to up skill myself now in preparation.

What’s the message here?

My message to you is to try and stop looking at what CURRENTLY exists and look to what WILL exist in the near future and begin asking the right questions at school and doing research on the future so that when that wave does crash, you are ready to ride it and make a success of yourself. Did you know that Google and Microsoft and many other big companies have a department solely dedicated to inventing the future?! How are YOU going to be a part of the future if you are young and choose to dwell on the present…

Online IS the future… It’s just up to you whether you choose to learn about it now or later when it is too late.

Here is a TEDTalk I found to encourage new innovative thinking in the present:

Anyway that’s enough ranting from me… I would love to hear some feedback. Please pop all your comments below. Maybe I am being too aggressive and naive? Let me know

Ciao for now,

Danilo Acquisto