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It All Started Here. Jeff Young InTheCut: Capetown, South Africa

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I was raised in Los Angeles. My  Mom has been an actress / model/ jack of all trades as long as my twin sister and I have been alive. I was raised in Hollywood’s reach, literally. I was raised to be
‘in Hollywood.’
This was an interesting factor in my life which lead me through unconscious self-defeat, escapism and denial. I lived all over the world from 2001 -2014, concluding in 3 years of habitation
in Istanbul.

It was towards the end of this time that I had the most life-enhancing and liberating realization in my life. That being ‘in Hollywood’  didn’t mean I had to be an actor.

I was on a bus.

It was sunny that January day in Istanbul. I was taking the bus from my home in Etiler, towards the old Pera district now known as Beyoglu. The sun was beaming through the musty windows, creating a heat and stench, unparticular to most western cultures. I was facing west, the sun was in my eyes and at that moment the weight rolled off my shoulders, as if Atlas shrugged.

That moment lead me to large realizations, inspired decision making, and strangely fortuitous emails. I knew I had to leave Istanbul. My wife and I, HAD to leave Istanbul.
There would be no more energy drain tied to a career in Istanbul. The fluctuating emotions and let down would succumb to my greatest inspiration, becoming a television host.

I began contemplating how to make the quickest transition from Istanbul, disruption no matter. I had endured years of my favorite city, to be held in little regard within the sphere of
accomplished dreams.

The email arrived 5 days later.

A friend in Capetown had worked at a modeling agency. He wrote me they were looking for guys to come down to finish out the ‘season’, to enjoy the end of summer in Capetown, and hopefully make some money. I had been to Capetown multiple times previously on direct bookings throughout modeling, so I knew it was a great place for me. And would be, for us.
We needed sun, after gnawing disappointments, we needed fresh energy. Thank the gods for new energy. I know not all of us have
this opportunity.

After discourse, we agreed to leave in 9 days, we would purchase our flight and they would cover rent for 6 weeks. I knew modeling wasn’t my main objective going down there, it was filming, and my fleeting opportunities would finally be mine.

You see in this industry you can create your own work. With youtube, vimeo, vine and a plethora of digital advancements making your own content is easier than ever.
Capetown would be my first foray into hosting and
video production.

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I shot video everywhere I went, with the iPhone and my Canon 550D, an entry level DSLR. I loved it. I had purchased a lavalier microphone a year earlier and we experimented in using this unglorified apparatus. It was entry level, sound quality bad, lots of static, and often times never connecting to its own channels.
After a few weeks we were a bit fed up. My wife would film me doing stand ups and walk and talks, that often ended in escalating annoyance at both of our lack of knowledge / experience/ ignorance and of course arguments were always nearby.

It was at this time, we were to attend the Design Indaba conference in Capetown, a design conference in all aspects including furniture, graphic arts, fashion, and jewelry.
After shooting within the hall, and another bout of inadequate sound quality my wife had enough. We went to buy some ice cream, in a fit of frustration she decided to walk up to the next person carrying a video camera. Not knowing videographer from amateur she went for it.
It was in this way we met our first mentor in video production and hosting, Zach Vincent, who was in all ways poised to be our guy. Laid back, understanding and well versed, Zach discussed with us some options we had to shoot and to set up a meeting if we wanted to work with him.

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A few days later we sat down with Zach at a local cafe on Kloof St, popular with model types, creatives, and local Capetonians, we laid the groundwork for what would become my first pilot show for
‘In The Cut: Capetown ‘.

We discussed the show pitch, the market, the length, establishing a script, the ideas, camera, mic, assistants, and logistics. We were setting up our own production in that very moment. 3 brains uniting together under an unproved show title, lead by Zachs experience and local knowledge and our enthusiastic blindness.
That day is one I will always remember.

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The shoot day(s) went off without a hitch. We shot a yoga / workout sequence on top of signal hill the first morning. We broke for the day and caught up the next. It was Saturday, we were to visit Bo Kaap, take a walk through downtown, go to the Old Biscuit Mill, Woodward Arts District, Kalk Bay on the south coast and finally Hout Bay, where we would end the day under an epic sunset.

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Through direction, mad inspiration and consistent effort we churned out the days greatest events, inciting events, conversations, and opportunities to work with all under Zach ever rolling shutter.

I’m very thankful for  the day my wife broke free of traditional thinking and literally grabbed Zach, whom we now count as a
great friend.  Zach in turn helped us create one of the greatest experiences of our lives, while documenting every step to create a beautiful first pilot show.
Watch here: Jeff Young In The Cut: Capetown, South Africa

That was the first time I ever stepped in front of a camera professionally, to host.

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Since then I have made over 40 videos,  learned countless tricks in video production, visited multiple cities, all through passion and undeterred action of which I have gained increased self respect… Thank you for being  a part of my journey.

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Capetown, South Africa 2014 Top Travel Destination

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Capetown, South Africa, ahhh, sounds so wonderful. Exotic in the lush wilderness sense, images of expansive dry lands, ocean, linguistic accents, mountains, wineries and so much more.

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Bestowed with Design Capital of the World for the year of 2014, never has there been such a great year to visit the Cape for art, design, and culture. 100’s of events will be staged at galleries, conferences, public squares and neighborhoods in Capetown throughout the year.
Here is a guide on where to find some of the best ways to take advantage of the Mother City, Table Mountain, Lions Head, Camps Bay and eternal tourist destinations aside.

Kloof Rd (upper/but southern in direction/ N. or Orange St.)
Stretching for a multiple blocks up  towards the neck between Lions Head and Table Mountain is Kloof Rd. Here you will find an excellent assortment of daily hotspots for local Capetonians.
From Gourmet Boerie on the south end at Orange St to the Bombay Bicycle Club for drinks and dinner at the top, you will find bunches of small locally owned storefronts for eating, drinking, and shopping.Capetown_South_Africa_top_destination_2014_upper_kloof_Jeff_young_in_the_cut_travel.jpg

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c/o google street view 😮

Woodstock:

The Old Biscuit Mill
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Housing the Neighborgoods Market every Saturday(only) 9a-2p, this market has become the epicenter of the Capetown food scene. From stand alone restaurants who set up shop here every week including Beef Sandwiches, thai food, and award winning wines to destination restaurants such as Test Kitchen, and sister restaurant although highly acclaimed, The Potluck Club, and Espresso Lab(see below). Here you will find the liveliest of the Capetown community enjoyingSaturday morning in the fullest intent with live music, small artisan crafts and a great vegetable market.
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The WoodStock Exchange

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This old warehouse over taken by the creative community is a shining example of the amazing direction creative and artisanal art is headed in Capetown. With statues, chandeliers, and inspirational works of art scattered throughout the building a short walk around will introduce you to some of Capetown most revered artisans. Superette holds down the inviting ground level with open window tiled doors and a large cafe inside. From a renowned bike shop and art gallery(now roving) to chocolate the Woodstock Exchange is a highlight not to be missed on your visit to Capetown.

Street Art
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Take a local tour provided by A word of Art or other various companies and learn about the international street artists that have been visiting over the last few years. Large murals dotted throughout this old gang territory really show how art is being embraced by the locals to support the forward growth of this historic community.

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Coffee
The black bean is highly regarded in Capetown, perhaps a little more than one would expect. the thriving culture has turned local cafes into destinations themselves. These excellent shops deserve your attention.

Espresso Lab
The Old Biscuit Mill is the home of Espresso lab in Capetown. the engaging staff and all white interiors provide you with a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy your favorite coffee drink.Capetown_South_Africa_top_destination_2014_Espresso_lab_Jeff_young_in_the_cut_travel

Truth Coffee Roasting
Practically the god father of coffee in Capetown, Truth coffee roast, serves, and delivers on an exceptional coffee experience. PLug-in with a cord dangling from the ceiling and log on to the destination for  Every Thursday the local vintage market goes down here after 5p.  Capetown_South_Africa_top_destination_2014_truth_coffee_buitenkant_cup_Jeff_young_in_the_cut_travel Capetown_South_Africa_top_destination_2014_truth_coffee_buitenkant_building_Jeff_young_in_the_cut_travel.png

Loading Bay
Meticulous craftsmanship of not only a flat white but also the entire space which serves as restaurant and clothing store. Think monocle magazine fused with an outdoor picnic vibe and you got Loading Bay on your front porch.
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Delux Coffee Works
With multiple locations including downtown, DELUX roasts and sources its own beans. For a great experience check out their shop on Roodehek just off of Buitenkant at the south end, complete with outdoors seating throughout a garage into the back where beans are roasted and coffee is served up, thick with passion.Capetown_South_Africa_top_destination_2014_Delux_coffee_roodehek_bar_Jeff_young_in_the_cut_travel.png Capetown_South_Africa_top_destination_2014_Delux_coffee_roodehek_bike_Jeff_young_in_the_cut_travel.png.jpg Capetown_South_Africa_top_destination_2014_Delux_coffee_roodehek_seating_Jeff_young_in_the_cut_travel.png.jpg

Bo Kaap
A not to be missed muslim neighborhood just on the skirt of downtown with a perched view over the city, the ethnic cape malay neighborhood has shined in pictures throughout every major publication. Enjoy your walk around, smile at the locals, and follow your nose the scents wafting from local kitchens serving up the heart of cape malay cuisine.

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Bree St
Thriving of late, with a local baker w bubbly and nighttime hotspot Orphanage holding down the north end . While home food of Clarkes diner and The &Union brewery holding its own a few blocks down, spend an afternoon jumping between these staples of the Capetonian social scene.

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Secret on the road to Llandudno
Driving south from Camps Bay parked off on the bluff a mile or so out of the bay you will find a small cafe operated in the back of a tuk-tuk. This is a special treat for anyone able to pass before 1130am and enjoy a jolt of caffeine while gazing at the raw Atlantic.

Beach
Llandudno is more of a local beach compared to any other beach within Capetown proper. Here you will find a secluded beach large enough for surfers to wet their brow, volleyball, and plenty of barbecue. Stock up before your trip, you won’t find a market nearby.Capetown_South_Africa_top_destination_2014_Llandudno_beach_Jeff_young_in_the_cut_travel

Keep me posted on your experiences in Capetown below ! Enjoy your look around 😉

Clarkes Dining. Capetown. Bree Street.

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Blues. Open Kitchen. Stammtisch( aka seat reserved for really awesome person). Skaters.

Recipe for an awesome experience at any diner, anywhere. This one just happens to be in the most coveted travel destination in the world. Capetown, South Africa. Yes, it is on Bree St. Yes, it is in the cut. Yes, you can eat breakfast all day.

Wait, you can even order liquor? WHAT!

Thats right happy hour and all, this haven for creatives and skaters sparks up at night with a laid back atmosphere, house drinks, and dim lighting all to help you on your quest to remain anonymous when you walk out with a double lean after breakfast or dinner.

What brought us back time after time is the sweet ladies on the griddle and the bar seating in front of their prep area. Smiles, songs and laughter exude from these boisterous woman who hold no bars when cooking up a storm.