Yo what’s good, I’m Shak, big huncho and co-founder of Half & Halve.
I’ve always been extremely ambitious and often overly optimistic. Since I can remember it has always been a dream of mine to run my own business, start my own brand and venture into the creative industry; with Half & Halve I’ve been fortunate enough to have my cake and eat it.
I’m analytical, organized and can’t function properly without structure. I’m a Film Director, photographer and manage the teams operations. My ability to easily engage and interact with people has allowed my creative process to be built off human interaction and individual beauty. Along with my desire to start my own company, creativity and fashion has always been deeply rooted in my life, it just took me a while to realise how to channel and embrace it. Creative exploration and the ability to provoke emotion through an artistic body of work is what inspires me to create.
I’m driven by my desire to achieve, not only for myself but for the team, family and every young person of colour that was told it isn’t possible.
What’s up, I’m Tash. I am 25 years old, born and raised in the 021. I graduated from UCT in 2019 with a triple major in English, Film & Media and Gender Studies and have been running the company full-time ever since. In 2016 my brother Shakeel and I co-founded the company and it's honestly been such a wild ride filled with countless blessings that I am extremely grateful for every single day.
I've always found creative spaces to be somewhat of a home for me, a place I feel comfortable and confident. As the creative head of the company, I oversee everything from the production day to the final handoff. I specialize as a Director of photography, Editor and Colourist - although I do enjoy many other creative aspects within and across the borders of the industry.
Being in the production industry for such a long time has taught me so much about growth and consistency. It constantly reminds me that even on the tough 16-hour days I still get to do what I love every single day. Our ethos at the team has and always will be that we’re a lot more than just a team, we’re a family.
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Hello darlings, I'm Lella!
I'm a producer at Half & Halve- and it's made so much easier by the love and support that the team have for each other. After studying Film and Media at UCT, I began my career working in the commercial marketing industry as a brand and digital marketing manager which has given me a background in project and people management. I've always had a passion for film, photography and art which is why it was a no-brainer for me to join Half & Halve.
I met Shak and Tash while studying at university so joining the team felt comfortable, now the entire team feels like a family. I started out as the Social Media and Communications manager but through my project management and communication skills development, I have now been appointed as a producer. Read: Queen of Organisation.
I have high ambitions and a lot of energy to achieve the goals I set out. I'll often push to do more, better and exceed our wildest dreams. It's so exquisite to work with a team that values that and hops straight on my level.
I'm stoked to see what the future holds and where we can take Half & Halve with our team.
Hey homies, I'm Faiz.
I am a 21-year-old creative working in sunny South Africa alongside some of the best creators in the industry. Creativity has always been with me, I don't know life without it. From a young age my family members, specifically my mother, were all extremely creative individuals who pushed for nothing but the absolute best and most beautiful with everything they did.
I've grown with Half & Halve for three years now, working on set as an Art Director, Lighting Technician, and Videographer while focusing mainly on concept development and video editing while off set. During this time I also graduated from UCT with a triple major in English, Media, and Philosophy. I pride myself on having a wide range of skill sets that can be applied to any and all situations.
I believe creating is at the core of everything we do, not just in the creative industry but in every aspect of the things we choose to do with the time we have. Creating something meaningful, whether that be an art piece, a campaign video, or even a life, is something that should be done with immense care and creativity.
Yo, I’m Tash also known as Mash, a name given to me against my will. I’m a freshly graduated graphic designer and full-time creative on the Half team.
As an artist, I’ve always found comfort in being creative because it constantly allows me to play, practice and perfect - three things I swear and live by. Creating has continuously been a driving force for me. Ever since I was a kid I’ve always felt that there wasn’t any other route more perfect for me to take.
Even though my main passion lies in design, Half has expanded both my skill and mindset within the industry. The team has shown me the beauty of production and the importance of collaboration.
Despite how easy we make it look, working in the industry is a humbling experience, but our synergy makes it worth it.
JUNIOR CREATIVE & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Hey besties, Mich here.
I’m a Junior Creative and Social Media Manager here at Half & Halve. In my personal work, I am a digital creator where I use multiple different creative avenues to express myself while also engaging with some of my many interests, those interests focusing mainly on the world of fashion & beauty. If you know me personally, you’ll know I have way too many hobbies that I somehow always seem to turn into businesses. That said, at the moment I seem to be in my nail tech era and am the proud owner of my own nail business that I run through Instagram.
I am originally from East London, however, I’ve been living in Cape Town for about nine years now and to say this place has shaped every aspect of my life would be an understatement.
Expression through creativity has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and has always been something that was encouraged in my younger years. Now that I’m forming my own path and am able to do what I love with such a talented group of young creatives, who have become my family, it feels like a dream.
In the future, all I wish to do is take every opportunity that's coming my way with both hands and do so wholeheartedly. I can't think of anything better to prepare me for that than Half.
Wassup Famo, I’m Lunghelo Mlati, I’m a Producer and Lighting Technician at Half and Halve.
I am a Father, Photographer and Avid Film lover, born in Soweto, and Raised in the East Rand.
I started off studying a BA in Audiovisual communication at the University of Johannesburg, however, life decided to put me on a different path and I found a new way to conquer the film industry. With great tenacity, ambition and resilience I found myself in the Mother City and life again led me on a new path to the amazing team that is Half and Halve.
We have been working together for a period now that's going towards 3 years. It’s been inspiring to watch and be a part of a team that is so driven and always striving for excellence.
I can't wait to see what the future holds for us and the Barriers we are going to break.