In 1981, Amanda Forrow arrived in South Africa with a suitcase, R1000 and lots of hope. Having been a secretary and secretarial teacher both in England and Germany. Amanda spent five months in the United States but they were not persuaded to give her a green card - so she left!
Amanda then lived in Pretoria where she taught word processing, sold word processors and then, almost bored into a coma, threw caution to the wind and opened a boutique, thus satisfying her lust for clothes. After three years she sold up so that she could audition for TV advertisements and because the director thought she had an 'interesting face' he cast her in an Eno's advertisement. She then made Martin Bailie an offer he could not understand and joined Radio 5 on the Breakfast Show for three years. She was approached to do a fun cookery show on TV1 and Graffiti Gourmet was launched. Most of the SABC management suffered coronaries!
To add insult to injury, Amanda started The Buck Stops Here, a consumer programme on Radio 5, and at last some consumers were getting what they paid for. During this time Amanda became a popular MC and after-dinner speaker, often putting women's thoughts across to men for a change, something that she still believes is not taken seriously enough. Pick & Pay and Amanda then teamed up every Saturday morning, which proved to be the most popular cookery show yet. She then launched her Girl Talk radio show where she really let the guys have it.
Amanda Forrow travels from South Africa
Topic SynopsesHow to be Happy
Over and above her television work, radio and voice-overs, Amanda also delivers presentations specially designed for women's groups.
After the death of her sister from cancer and then her mother a year later from the same cause, she decided to take a sabbatical from radio and TV and concentrate on writing.
It seemed to Amanda that these days one can buy a 'How To' book on everything except on happiness. So often Amanda is asked how she appears to stay happy in the face of all the difficulty and sadness she has been through. Her answer is that she spent four years analysing this and preparing the answers in an effort to help people not be afraid of what life throws at them
In her motivational presentations, Amanda shares her ideas on how to get happy and stay happy in the face of adversity and how to effectively handle regret, fear, change and criticism, in fact, all the emotional scenarios that plague individuals and bar their journey to happiness.