Freelance Artist and Academic
Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa
in Johannesburg South Africa
- Basic to Intermediate, English Language editing and proof-reading. Editing of short to long essays (excluding longer term papers, for Masters and PhD, etc)
-Basic Designing and drawing skills. Sketching (particularly fashion design). Art. Painting.
-Writing. Writing of poetry, essays, feature articles, creative writing (novels, short stories, critiques, and blogging)
-Acting. Acting for stage, and television across different genres, including: drama, musicals, thrillers, etc.
-Singing. Untrained and unblemished, developing performer.
-Basic to Intermediate translation from English to Italian, and from Italian to English.
-Able to read, write, and understand intermediate Italian language.
-Ability to translate from Afrikaans to English, and from English to Afrikaans. As well as read, write, and understand Afrikaans, as a second additional language. (Home language, and study throughout primary, and secondary school.)
-Ability to analyze, summarize, and comprehend theoretical texts, and philosophical readings from experience gained through extensive study of, and research within the fields of International Relations, Philosophy, and Anthropology, as well studies in Gender, Sexuality, and texts on Feminist writers, and opinion.
-Logical, rational, and able to critique texts, as well as argue deductively from experience within Philosophical courses spanning two years, covering the various topics: Logic, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Early modern & Classical Philosophy, and Philosophy of the mind and Psychology.
-Photography, and photographic modeling, as well as basic styling skills.
Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Fashion Show judge | Fashion/Textile | MsTwy Designs
Johannesburg, South Africa | April 2013 - present
Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail
Auditions for the regional Royal Fashion Show events are slated to commence on April 14 in Johannesburg, and I've been asked to further represent the brand, as a judge this time, in stead of a model.
Writer | Freelance
Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2009 - present
Publishing, Printing and Print Media
Performer | Freelance
Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2012 - February 2012
Arts, Culture and Entertainment
Poetry (Spoken Word) performer at Amnesty International annual ArtsFest, hosted at Wits University.
Performer | Arts | Freelance
Johannesburg, South Africa | March 2011 - March 2011
Arts, Culture and Entertainment
Poetry performer at Amnesty International "OpenMic" themed Arts and Culture event, targeting the utterance of Human Rights sentiments, expression, and the awareness around global issues.
Event Assistant | Italian Studies | Wits School of literature & Language Studies
Johannesburg, South Africa | September 2011 - September 2011
Academia, Education and Training
-Basic assistance work: welcoming guests, cordiality, attending select paper presentations throughout seminar, translation from foreign languages to aid foreign participants, paper work, filing, inventory, ordering of various items needed, etc
Nur-Ul-Islam School, Johannesburg, South Africa (2008)
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2012 - 2012
Drama and Performance - Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Intensive drama course with TV actress and personality, Brumilda Van Rensburg, engaging in various forms of comprehensive text analysis- script reading, techniques of action/reaction, finding the inner character, development through classes taught by other industry greats namely; Heidi Mollentze with specialization in vocal training, language honing, speech, projection, audition tips and tricks, industry ins and out, as well as Mark Graham with emphasis on acting from the Director's perspective. Elements of physical theater, miming, improvisation, and the use of the self and what's available to perform, and also relaxation, breathing techniques, and various other aspects of performing, from TV presenting, hosting, MC work, and Voice Overs.
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2009 - 2013
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - English Literature
w second major in, Italian Language & Culture, including study of Anthropology, Philosophy, Film, Visual & Performing Arts, Psychology, and International Relations.
Matric Overtall Merit Award | 2008
Overall Subject performance Award
Third Place | 2007
Outstanding Performance Certificate | 2007
Subject Performance | 2007
Shortlist and nomination
Shortlisted for Creative Writing Honours | 2010
Daily Sun | 2013
-Feature Article for Royal Fashion Show 2013
Top Billing | 2012
2012 Presenter Search participant
Article published on Royal Fashion Show, in which I participated as Male model and representative.
Soweto TV | 2013
Coverage of Royal Fashion Show 2012, for launching Designer MsTwy aired on the South African network, and I was one of the male models representing the debut collection.
Matriculation (NSC) with University Exemption | 2008
Botsotso Literary Journal | 2012
II poems: "The Anthropologist", and "Perfection" of my own collection, was published in the 16th Edition, of the culturally significant and longstanding SA Literary Journal, Botsotso, alongside an array of other talented artists and poets.
Cum Laude Drama Course completion | 2012
Italian Studies Top 10 List | 2011
Matric Merit Award | 2008
Engaged immensely in "NoH8" Gender Equality Campaign | 2013
Partook in the 2011 Deon Hofmeyr Prize for Creative Writing | 2011
Learned a Third language (Italian) | 2009
Studied Italian at Wits University at the prestigious Italian Department, housed within the School of Literature and Language Studies.
Poem added to archive, "Bibliography."
Publication in Botsotso Literary Journal | 2012
2 poems published
Buddy Aid CPR course Certification | 2006
Life Skills Program Certification | 2005
III poems: "Mister", "Your Father Will Be Back", and "The Architects Prayer" were included on the International War Veteran's Poetry Archive index after submission, based in the United States and thematically placed around issues of war, segregation, and tension.
Acceptance with Talent Based Scholarship to New York Film Academy | 2013
Member, February 2010 - November 2012
Wits Disability Unit
Member, January 2011 - June 2012
Wits Feminism Society
Member, February 2011 - January 2012
Member, February 2009 - November 2010
Member, March 2013 - present
Advocating for Human Rights
Member, March 2013 - present
Ambassador for human rights globally
Raising awareness around human rights issues/ making a difference, January 2010 - present
Petitions, rallying, advocating, and fighting the oppression and annihilation of the voiceless, through social media.
GALA Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action
Member, February 2010 - present
Web Admin, Social Media Enthusiast (cross-platform)
Various types of Performance, January 2009 - present
Doing various voice overs, September 2012 - present
scriptwriting, January 2012 - present
Amateur designing, January 2005 - present
Blog Administrator/ Publisher, June 2012 - present
Personal and Creative blog.
Maker of the Melodies, January 2008 - present
Capturing the beautiful and the ugly, to beautify. To inspire. , January 2009 - present
Gender Rights Activism
Advocating equality, January 2009 - present
Dean M Grisillo
""I personally have reviewed some of Mr. Jacobs work, and the content within it is remarkable in a sense that he pours a lot of passion and emotion into his work. His work ethic easily adapts to what is demanded which makes potential out of him. I also had the liberty of watching one of his performances at the Amnesty celebration showcased at Wits University. He’s poems really do inspire as well as give people the effect that makes them think a lot about what is being said."" - 2011
"I would consider Raeez as a very good performer and would recommend him to other organisations for any other poetry events." - 2011
Lori Van De Merwe
"Raeez is passionate about his work and is a creative genius! Read his Blog, you wont be disappointed" - 2012
Allan Kolski Horwitz
"I like the way you view poetry - it is a 'soul' vocation; but the Muse can also be hard edged and remorseless - no sentimentality allowed! Keep writing - you have something to say and a growing ability to find the right words
" - 2012
Anthony W. Pahl
"Thank you also for sending the two poems. I very much enjoyed reading them: they are powerful, thoughtful, and thought-provoking." - 2010
"This is quite a poem--very descriptive and surprising. I can see everything as if I were watching a film unfold, and that's the backdrop you want to set with every poem. And there is that unexpected twist on language--"ruined and dismantled sight"--that lends energy to the narrative." - 2010
"I am very excited about your background and heart in fashion! It is clear that you are a born fashion designer.
" - 2011
"The combination of his immense talent and his burning passion for performing makes him a gem in the entertainment field." - 2013