Meet the Summer Heat Team
 
 
Gillian
Owner and Director of Summer Heat

Gillian Habib is the owner and director of Summer Heat Model & Talent Search. She has strong marketing, event planning and creative talents, with, extensive experience and a multitude of ideas waiting to be put together. Together with her previous business partners, she conceptualised and grew the entire idea of Summer Heat Model & Talent Search and has managed it hands-on since its inception.

Starting her career in the live theatre industry, Gillian has experience in all aspects of live performance, from sales and marketing, press and public relations, to scene changing, lighting and sound operation in both commercial theatre and revue style cabaret. Her career, spanning more than 25 years, has taken Gillian through a multitude of other industries, including magazine editing, conference planning, loyalty programmes and Food & Beverage and Hotel Management with companies including Sun International and San Lameer. She was the event manager of the first Margate Africa Bike week in 2008 and the team leader for the group that broke a Guinness World Record in July 2008. The skills gained in each of the areas she undoubtedly excelled in, now also include public and motivational speaking. She loves the marketing aspect for Summer Heat and has been interviewed on radio and television, as well as quoted frequently in newspapers and magazines but her passion lies in supporting each contestant that participates in Summer Heat and she is fondly known as Mama G or Mom to most of them. 

 

Jordan-Jade (Jay-Jade)
Director of Summer Heat

Singer and Actor, Jordan, known as Jay-Jade, was basically raised with a theatre and performing arts background, as both her parents are in the industry. Jay-Jade has been backstage with legendary artists including Prime Circle, Rocco de Villiers, Nate Butler from America’s Got Talent, Blaze Johnson – winner of American ‘The Voice’, South African Actors Jonathan Taylor and Michael de Pinna and numerous others.

Although she has been involved in the Summer Heat since its inception, she decided to travel the journey that all the Summer Heat contestants go through and first auditioned for Summer Heat in 2014. She was selected as a finalist and was also invited to the International Arts Talent Showcase to perform. In October 2015 Jay-Jade was invited by Kim Myers from USA to attend the ARTS Showcase in June 2016. Jay-Jade has also performed at the Margate Mardi Gras and at various Tourism South Coast functions. She was a guest singer at the Face of Diva Divine Crowning and auditioned for SA’s Got Talent. She also appeared on SABC 1 as a model for Ms Curvy Body SA. Pursuing her love for the industry has led to Jay-Jade recently being cast as an extra on an American movie which was shot in SA, where she also assisted the Wardrobe department; and working on wardrobe and props for a major British television series starring Matt Smith of Dr Who fame. She has also been part of numerous television commercials as an “extra”. She has acted as a group leader for the singer contestants at the Summer Heat finals for 2 years in a row and has mentored them through their performances and also directed group performances with them

Jay-Jade has worked in the Summer Heat Model & Talent Search office since June 2015 and has taken control of the admin for Summer Heat auditions for the past 2 years. She loves working with talent and being part of this rapidly growing family.