Paws for thought - Ian von Memerty

2012-10-02 10:45

When he’s not creating music or judging SA’s Got Talent on, Ian von Memerty loves walking his dogs on the beach.

What Ian says:

‘To stay ahead, you have to keep changing, growing and improving, without betraying who you are.’

Ian has been part of the South African arts and entertainment landscape for almost three decades.

He’s paid his dues as a theatre performer, musician, TV presenter and director, and these days he is back on our screens for the second season of SA’s Got Talent.

When you’ve been in the entertainment industry as long as Ian has, finding a way to zone out becomes essential.

This is why he packed up his life and moved to what he calls ‘a cottage in the forest in the Eastern Cape’.

Ian’s home is a source of happiness and peace for him and affords him the opportunity to take his dogs for long leg-stretching walks.

Archie is a Labrador and Lily is a cross between a pug and a Jack Russell.

‘We have the most awesome beach and whenever I’m feeling stressed and the office is doing my head in, a stroll next to the ocean helps me put things in perspective. Having the dogs there, playing and splashing, always makes me laugh,’ he says.

Ian’s journey hasn’t been without its hurdles.

In 1998, he lost his daughter after complications from a transplant for Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, a progressive condition that causes tissue and organs to enlarge.

His son, Oscar, was also diagnosed with the syndrome, but had a successful transplant and his younger daughter, Vaskia, was born without the condition.
‘During that period of my life, I didn’t understand the concept of relaxation,’ Ian admits, adding that he eventually needed intensive physiotherapy to unwind.

‘However, time has deepened my sense of living in the now, celebrating what I have and accepting what is beyond my control.’

Let the games begin

What is it like to judge SA’s Got Talent?
The intensity of the hope on stage and to see people’s dreams coming true is wonderful, but watching their dreams crumble is very difficult.

Your favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere remote and removed. It could be a small Greek island, a tiny town in Tuscany, a quiet mountain in the Magaliesberg or a cave in Baviaanskloof.

Plans for the future?
Winning the Lotto, trying out my production titled Handful of Keys in London and New York next year and ensuring people hear, like and buy my new album U R Fantastic.

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