After graduating from Rhodes in 2009, Leila produced and edited environmental documentaries. Subsequently she worked as a journalist for Carte Blanche, covering stories such as rhino poaching, public servants’ strikes and government corruption. Somewhere between a strike and following the rhino she was awarded a fellowship from the University of Southern California (USC). She packed her bags and moved to the United States where she completed her MA in Specialized Journalism (The Arts). While at USC she reported on musicians and visual artists in Los Angeles and Cuba. She has written for publications including Africa is a Country, the Daily Maverick and is currently working as a journalist in Cape Town.