Mechanic and model - a winning combination

2017-06-29 06:01
PHOTOS: areshni perumalDyan Naidoo doing what she loves best.

PHOTOS: areshni perumalDyan Naidoo doing what she loves best.

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DYAN Naidoo (20) always wanted to pursue her dream of becoming a mechanic.

Born and raised in Port Shepstone, she can sometimes be seen strutting her stuff on model runways, but is not afraid to get her hands dirty.

Naidoo talks to Fever’s Areshni Perumal about what attracted her to working with grease and nuts and bolts.

AP: When did you realise you wanted to be a mechanic?

DN: I have always been passionate about cars. I wanted to further my studies by working on them, hence my decision to become a mechanic.

AP: What was your favourite subject when studying to become a mechanic?

DN: It was physical science. I welcomed the challenges it proposed and did not always have the right answers, but it was worth the time and effort.

AP: What is the favourite part of your job?

DN: Learning new things every day. No matter how difficult, you have to figure it out or, as my colleagues would say, “make a plan”.

AP: What are your hobbies?

DN: Anything involving the thrill of speed. I love to be involved in motor sport, but recently I have become interested in modelling competitions or as they are called, ‘beauty pageants’. Young women are given the chance to let their voice be heard with their perspective of what the world should be.

AP: Are males sometimes intimidated by you [when they discover you are a mechanic]?

DN: At times, yes, and it is usually those who underestimate me. There are many who are encouraging of what I do.

AP: Was becoming a mechanic your dream?

DN: Yes - I was determined and still am as I go through my journey.

AP : Did your family encourage you in this career path?

DN : There were always people trying to discourage me because I am a female, but I have always had the support of my mother, who encourages my dreams. There were many who believed in my ability to go forward as a mechanic.
One of my major influences is Clive Thompson from Thompson Motors, who trusted my skills and took me on as an apprentice.

AP: Are you a tomboy?

DN: I most definitely am. I enjoy being a tomboy. Grease suits me better than make-up. Being a “Barbie”-type keeps you on your feet all day, I’d rather be under a car.

AP: What was your number one influence?

DN: My father - he died 13 years ago, but he will always be the most influential person in my life.

AP: What words of encouragement do you have for potential female mechanics?

DN: You have to accept the pros and cons in this industry.

If you truly believe in yourself nothing is impossible.

Forget about breaking a nail ... break a hand if you must.

AP: What is the one philosophy you live by?

DN: Having consistent people in your life is very important.

Big dreams and a limitless life need encouragement and support, especially from the ones you hold close.

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