rikki brest

Rikki Brest is a genuine product of proudly South-African talent. Embracing the many opportunities that have been presented to her, Rikki has become a multi-talented artist and boasts an amazing repertoire of skills covering the entertainment industry. At 5 years old, Rikki started dancing in all styles and had achieved in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Funk and hip-hop. Choreographing for shows as well as performing in many, Rikki qualified as a dancing teacher in 2004. In 1998 Rikki started playing drums, adding it to her school curriculum as an extra subject, through the National School of Arts. In 2004 Rikki’s talent, skill and passion took her to COPA (Campus of Performing Arts) where she studied Sound Engineering and Music Performance - majoring in Drums, while also lecturing ‘Stage Craft’. It was here that Rikki co-founded ‘Chix with Stix. An all girl percussion trio. After COPA, Rikki enrolled at UJ and left in 2007 with a BCom Degree in Marketing. In 2008 Rikki played drums for Evolver, and toured the country with Prime Circle and The Parlotones. In 2009 – 2010 Rikki worked as Operations Manager at a media and advertising company, while still playing drums for Chix with Stix as well as teaching drums privately. As Rikki’s career grew she was cast in a number of music videos and Television commercials. 2010 saw Rikki Brest larger than life on the big screen as the female lead in the SA made movie ‘Eternity’. In the second half on 2010 Rikki stretched her creative muscles as Junior Brand Manager and Trade Marketing of a FMCG company who serviced many prestigious brands. 2011 was a calendar-filled year, Rikki was filmed in an international TV Series called ‘Clifton Shores’ in which she is one of three lead South African cast members, which was aired in 2012 on Vuzu as well as internationally. She also had the pleasure of presenting a TV show on Super Sport called F1-X Chronicles. Rikki also hosted her own radio show on 91.9 RockFM for over a year. In June 2012, Rikki was invited to present the Top Gear Festival in Durban as the pit lane reporter and track presenter together with the legendary presenters, and Tiff Needell and Sasha Marteningo. In July 2012, Rikki temporarily joined the cast of the local soap Isidingo, playing Nadia Simmons. In 2013 Rikki launched her DJ career and has played at many launches, clubs and events alongside some of the industry’s best. She also officially opened her own drum school called Beat That Drum where she has teachers that teach the syllabus that she created. In 2014 Rikki presented for the Super GP series, made an appearance in the local soap 7 de Laan, and shared the DJ decks with some big names in South Africa. Rikki presented seasons 3 - 9 of the car show Petrolheads on Ignition TV on DSTV until 2016. Rikki has now developed a Marketing Syllabus and is currently lecturing the subject at the Academy of Sound Engineering.

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