GROWING up in Johannesburg, Jessica Bonin was an avid performer. With theatre as her best form of expression and her biggest love, studying philosophy and drama was an obvious choice.“After immersing myself into a beautiful world of creativity, I realised I wanted to be behind the scenes creating the magic, so film seemed like a great avenue,” says Bonin, who graduated from Rhodes University in 2004 and did an honours degree in film production at Afda.“I wanted to do content-driven work like documentaries, but, due to the nature of the industry, found myself stuck in commercials.”Being trapped behind a desk, with long hours and mounting stress, wasn’t part of the plan. It’s why her initial excitement began to fade. It’s also why she chose to walk away after five years of her Cape Town career and follow her childhood love for tea instead.“My mom always had an array of teas to drink at home and my gran always knew how to make the perfect cup,” Bonin recalls. “One day she asked me to m...

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