Alan is a Producer, Voice Artist, Event Producer, Published Author, Songwriter and the co-creator of South African children’s brand Beautiful Creatures, that deals with conservation. He is also a qualified tour guide in Cape Town.
Beautiful Creatures has released seven albums, and five books, with two platinum and four gold albums in South Africa, as well as two SAMA nominations and a Naledi award. In 2018, he was invited to The Kruger Park by SAN Park Honorary rangers to participate in discussions regarding Rhino conservation and is now part of the SA working group for babyrhinorescue.org a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
His children’s book about anxiety ‘Oliver’s Outline’ was published by Pan Macmillan in 2015, and he toured South Africa with internationally acclaimed UK children’s author Julia Donaldson. In 2016 his production company ‘Fried Glass’ collaborated with The Drum Café and produced the opening ceremony for the global CITES Cop 17 environmental conference for 3000 delegates. He is currently working on two new children’s books, ‘Doodlebug saves the Big 5’ about conservation, as well ‘Bear’ that deals with depression and Bi-Polar disorder.
I spent 12 years at KDS VP, and matriculated in 1982. I was a a very anxious child and probably should have only started school a year later as I had only just turned 6 at the beginning of grade one. But it was a nurturing place, and even though I was not to keen on school at all, I look back on the experience and am grateful to my parents for sending me there.
A few wonderful teachers and mentors stand out. Both my primary school headmaster Barney Meyers and well as my High school headmaster Jeffrey Wolf, both extraordinary leaders and educators who were fair and patient.
Then there was Mrs Phloem who patiently did her best trying to teach me business economics and Afrikaans, Morah Chanah Ben Moshe who bravely tried to teach me Hebrew despite my protestation, and Rowan Quince who inspired and mentored my Thespian interests.
As far as best memories go, in Matric a group of us led by Marilyn Dunn, spent 5 days walking the amazing Otter trail. That was certainly the start of my love for outdoors and mountain hikes in particular. So all in a great experience and a lifetime of friendships, that remind us that we were once young.