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Raeez Jacobs

Freelance Artist and Academic

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born 03-05-1991 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.

Contact details

M: 0782130065

Web presence

Business Address

Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Current Position(s)

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.

Background Artist | Film | CiDi Productions
Johannesburg, South Africa | March 2013 - present

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

-Background and Features Artist for upcoming SABC drama, High Rollers premiering April 2.

Freelance Actor | Brumilda Acting Agency
2012 - present

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

-Acting (TV and stage)
-TV Commercials
-MC work
-Photographic Modeling
-Public Speaking
-Voice Over

Writer | Freelance
Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2009 - present

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

-Short Stories
-Features Writing
-Longer Prose
-Editing/Proof-reading services

Previous Position(s)

Freelance Model | Fashion/Textile | Royal Fashion Show
Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2013 - February 2012

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Runway model for launching clothing line.

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.

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

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.

Educational history


Nur-Ul-Islam School, Johannesburg, South Africa (2008)


Brumilda Acting Academy and Agency

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.

University of the Witwatersrand

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

Business Studies

Shortlist and nomination

Shortlisted for Creative Writing Honours | 2010

media exposure

Daily Sun | 2013

-Feature Article for Royal Fashion Show 2013

Top Billing | 2012

2012 Presenter Search participant

SA Idols | 2006

Leondale News | 2013

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.

Academic Achievements

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

Overall Achievement

Other Achievements

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.

Publication on Litnet | 2009

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

Seminar "Kashmir" | 2008

International Publication on International War Veteran's Poetry Archive | 2010

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

Amnesty International

Member, March 2013 - present

Advocating for Human Rights


Amnesty International

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

Other Activities


Avid reader



Social Networking

Web Admin, Social Media Enthusiast (cross-platform)


Various types of Performance, January 2009 - present



Voice Overs

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

Amir Bagheri

"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

Patricia Smith

"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

Michelle Myers

"I am very excited about your background and heart in fashion! It is clear that you are a born fashion designer.

" - 2011

Heidi Mollentze

"The combination of his immense talent and his burning passion for performing makes him a gem in the entertainment field." - 2013

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