Carly Barnes

Co-founder: Mood Mechanics

Not every actress would kick-start her career with a one- woman musical called There's a Pineapple in My Panties. But Carly Barnes is far from ordinary. "I'm very arty and off-the-wall, but I'm logical,� she says. During her honours year at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance � better known as Afda � Barnes won the award for best musical performer. In 2003 she transformed her passion for acting into a business, co-founding Mood Mechanics, a company that creates corporate theatre and event entertainment. Since then 26-year-old Barnes has produced educational road shows tackling issues such as breast cancer and has handled promotions for major clients, including Standard Bank. "Performing is emotional,� she says. �It's been challenging learning to separate the professional and the personal me.� Barnes is on a mission to make her company "a force to be reckoned with�. With her combination of quirky creativity and streetwise business sense she's already on the way. � Ayanda Sitole

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