Sabrina Chakici beat thousands to be picked as the face and TV presenter for global channel E! She is now a leading Travel TV Presenter and has built up an army of fans online that follow her every move. Sabrina travels around the globe bringing her followers up to date on the best places to discover and she also films and edits all of her own footage.
Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role
I work as a TV Presenter and Voice Over Artist and also write a travel blog called Clutch & Carry-on.
My recent voiceovers have been for Boots, Venus and Piruna and I was the official Host of E! UK & Ireland for 2016.
I studied drama and journalism at university and worried in the media industry presenting on TV for four years before landing the prestigious role as the E! Host UK in a televised competition.
I have written about my travels now for nearly three years and my blog continues to grow the more I see the world. Last year, I covered 18 different destinations and this year I have even more trips planned.
Did you ever sit down and plan your career?
From a young age I knew I wanted to be a TV Presenter so I studied journalism as well as training in performing arts.
I then moved to London and worked in recruitment for a year knowing that I would need to bankroll myself for at least six months whilst auditioning for TV roles. I was lucky enough to do very well in recruitment so I was able to save up and then work for free for a year and that’s what set me up with a strong enough show reel to land my first TV job.
I love the performing side of presenting and my voice over work but I have always had a genuine love for journalism and travel so that’s why I started up Clutch & Carry-on, I had been blogging about style too but I decided that my blog would be fully travel focused just over a year ago and I’ve never looked back.
Have you faced any challenges along the way and if so, how did you deal with them?
Absolutely, in any sort of talent based role you have to be able to deal with knock-backs. It’s all part of the process, it can be disheartening when you are auditioning for months but it’s something you know going in, I would always have a little moment to be gutted then brush myself off ready for my next move!
I also find it hard I motivate myself whilst traveling. Blogging is a full time job and sometimes I’ll even have to head to a studio whilst abroad to record a voice over so it can be tough for me to put down my snorkel and head in for work! I just tell myself that my office is my base and the work still needs to be done regardless of how pretty the sunset is outside!
On a typical workday, how does you start your day and how does it end?
I rarely have a typical day as I’m either traveling or filming but a typical day as a travel blogger goes as follows:
I start my day reading through my social media comments and emails. I then like to gather all my content in the mornings when the lifting is soft and pretty, I’ll head out with my camera and/or photographer and capture what I need. I then return to my room during the midday reply to my emails, check deadlines and write up my articles whether they are for my blog or an external feature I tend to always need to write a piece a day at least. After that I’ll spend some time editing photos and videos before heading back out to catch the light’s golden hour again for photos and content. I don’t take photos at night so if I still have more work to do I’ll grab some food and head back to my laptop but if I’m done for the day I love going to the local bar or eatery to soak in the culture!
Tell us a little bit about your role and how did that come about?
I love traveling and I have always had a passion for writing and sharing a story. Both aspects of my job as a TV host and travel writer are directly from my passions, aspirations and lots of hard work.
Have you ever had a mentor or a sponsor or anyone who has helped your career?
I have met lots of people who inspire me in my job but my husband has been my biggest mentor, he’s kept me sane amongst all the ups and downs of my audition nightmares and he is always my biggest cheerleader!
If you could change one thing for women in the workplace, what would it be?
I think the competitiveness between women in the workplace can be quite tiring and unnecessary, when women work together amazing things happen!
How do you balance your work life and personal life?
My close group of friends are the best, those that have stuck by me for years and been there for me through all the highs and lows. I am really on top of making time for my friends because they are who keep me sane. So If I haven’t seen my friends for a while I will block out my diary and take time to see them!
If you were to look back in five years, what would you see in terms of your achievements?
Becoming the first ever UK Host for E! Entertainment was the most amazing achievement and a life long dream for me! Travelling to and writing about 18 different destinations in one year was also pretty immense. Last year was definitely a year long pinch me moment!
Tell us about your plans for the future?
I would love to have my own Travel Show one day! This year is planning out to be pretty spectacular on the travelling front, I am already booked to visit Thailand, Malaysia, Crete, Barbados, Canada, Tahiti and The Maldives.