Born in Gabon and currently residing in South Africa, DALIN ETOUMBI FOUARI, fluent in French and English, adds a special touch to the Pan African #WAKASTARS light of accomplished talent. #SWORNTRANSLATOR #POLITICALADVISOR #INTERPRETER #RADIOPRESENTER #VOICEOVERARTIST #AFRICA_CORRESPONDENT #EMCEE #SPEAKER
Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – DALIN ETOUMBI FOUARI – Voicing out the word!
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
Love is what drives me. People don’t realise how a voice can convey love, motivate and inspire and also hurt.
I love reading and writing, both of them always brings me to use my voice and put myself in a character and playing that role in my head and physically. When I read, I always feel the words, it’s like melting yourself into every single word that you are reading. Same goes for writing, I feel them pouring in me and then I start writing. If I don’t write, I’ll be like something is burning inside me and that is the moment where I’ll grab a piece of paper and write, but I am writing to require it, to express what I wrote even if I have to be a character for the moment, like imagine myself on a scene talking to a kid or a woman. Lol
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I remember watching movies and concerts where they were always announcing the artist, (James Brown, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke) I was taking a broom as a microphone and was imitating the speaker. Same for the voice over on TV for movies.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
It will be difficult to dissociate. Cause I believe that my passion for being behind a microphone and talk, goes with my passion for reading, writing and acting
What drove you to make money from your passions?
Let me tell you this lil story; one day, I went to Africa N1 to see if I could meet my favourite radio presenter. And while I was in the corridor talking, the director of programmes heard me speaking and asked me to follow him. He gave me a piece of paper with some words and asked me to read. He recorded and said please come tomorrow. I was 19. From that moment, I realised that my voice can be a positive factor. It wasn’t about at that age. And then I find myself in South Africa being a student (actually I was still learning English). The principal of the school announced that there was a production company that was looking for a French speaking Voiceover. That is when I recorded my voice at school on a cassette recorder and applied. That is when I was chosen for the V-O and that is where I realised that my passion could help me earn money and pay for my studies and living expenses.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion
It was in 2000, I will never forget that moment
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
My mother’s voice. Even after 16 years of her passing, I still hear her words in my head. She was was my greatest supporter.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
To be in people’s lives and bring happiness. It always gives you a sense of responsibility. It did happen that young women and men came to me because they recognised me through my voice, and hearing them say thank you for being the voice I hear before sleeping is a priceless moment for me. It even amazing when some say “Dalin you are a model to me”, that is my motivation to be more successful.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I say thank you to them, cause every time they were doubting me, I was taking my energy and force through their doubts. I realised that they were doubting me cause I was trying, and I was falling too. If I was a failure they would not be doubting me, they would have just ignored me, but no, through their doubts they were paying attention and see where my failures would lead me to. For that, I am thanking them. You know my mother thought me from a young age that I should never give up no matter the amount of failures and obstacles ahead, as long as I know that it is for the right reason.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative's who look up to you?
Always be humble and carry love. Never forget your roots, where you coming from. And if you are still blessed to have your mother around, listen to her advice and if it is your wife, listen to her. I always believe that a mother ‘s (women) hearts are filled with love and wisdom, that is the wisdom that guides many of the successful people on this planet.