Brittany Smith is a living example of what happens when a talented woman pushes through the barriers of self-doubt and fears of not fitting in: she blossoms into a professional and flourishes as she does what she loves for a living.
Smith is an opera singer for Cape Town Opera, which employed her as a young artist only to promote her shortly afterwards. She studied for six years at the University of Cape Town’s South African College of Music, specialising in opera, followed by a postgraduate certificate in advanced opera studies.
In a near-disaster, Smith contracted tuberculosis only 4cm below her vocal chords. This put both her career and her life in jeopardy, but fortunately she recovered. Pushing through the trials of this adversity was worth it. She describes the feeling of opening her mouth to sing opera as “freedom and bliss”.
Smith’s biggest piece of advice is to never underestimate the power you have within yourself, as it is unfathomably great.
I want to show the younger, aspiring, hungry South African opera singers that it can happen for you in your own hometown – to leave is to leave nothing for someone else to look up to.