Geographic Channel Inspires My Star Camera Woman

| April 21, 2015

Jamell Gakubu is the only female technical crew member in Botswana Television’s My Star show.

The 27-year-old camera woman from Lobatse said she was inspired to go behind the lenses after watching a lot of National Geographic documentaries. She said she enjoyed more of the aerial shots and action of various wild species fighting for territories.

After this inspiration, she enrolled at Limkokwing University for a Diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting. Upon completing in 2010, she was also admitted at the same University for a BA (HONS) Degree in Broadcasting and Journalism, which she completed last year April.

She said she grew up with the passion for agriculture and that even when she was still at secondary she thought of doing any agriculture related course. Despite that, Ms Gakubu landed the My Star job while still at the university and the course module on camera operations motivated her passion for the apparatus.

She said was responsible for maintaining composition and camera angles throughout the scenes during My Star shows. While on duty, she collaborates with the director, director of photography and other crew members to make technical and creative decisions.

Ms Gakubu said she is not intimidated by the fact that her male counterparts dominate the industry, but sees it as a challenge that marshals her with courage to do her best.

The confident camera lady said even though she never had a dream of doing what she is doing today, she really likes her job as a lot of people get amazed to find her in the middle of men doing her thing, which gives her more courage.

“When I saw the post, it was written a camera man wanted, but with the confidence I have, I applied and got called for an interview where I beat male camera men and now am the only female technician in this crew,” she said.

She explained that her aim is to be the best camera lady in the industry and she is planning to approach Youth Development Fund (YDF) to establish her own Television show and studio.

Ms Gakubu said it is a great pleasure to work with the owner of the show Keabetswe Sesinyi, commonly known as Master Dee, whom she described as her mentor. She said he has given her some confidence to achieve her dream of becoming a professional camera lady.

Ms Gakubu said being part of My Star show is a great exposure for her to get more experience. She urged everyone, especially the ladies not to undermine themselves but to work hard on everything that comes that comes their way.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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