On the Couch with Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith AAR On the CouchWho is Stephen Smith?
I’ve spent 20 years on the opera stage. Five years ago I made the decision to return to Melbourne and move into real estate to support my family and spend more time at home. Both of these parts of my life I love. I live with my wife and four kids. I work hard and enjoy taking regular holidays to balance it all out.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d spend even more time auctioning, training and singing and take even longer holidays.

Who inspires you and why?
I’m not really someone who is inspired by others. I’m inspired to provide for my family, to improve myself on all fronts and to inspire others!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would introduce business and sales courses in to arts degrees so that the artists of this world are in the best position to monetise their talents.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
There are very few places we have returned to more than once. The Gold Coast was great for the kids, and a holiday which keeps the kids happy is a good holiday. We also love going home to Samoa and seeing the family and enjoy a very different pace of life.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
We live in Melbourne so we take our friends to the footy! There is something magical about coming out of the MCG at night walking through the tunnel at Richmond Station and jumping on the Sandringham train home.

What are you currently reading?
Discover Your True North by Bill George. I’m really interested in honing my leadership skills.

What are you currently listening to?
I’m listening to 3 versions of Rossini’s Otello. I’m completely engrossed in this work!

Happiness is?
Having everything done and heading away with the family.

What does the future hold for you?
More of the same. And that’s fine by me.

Stephen stars as Otello in Melbourne Opera’s production of Rossini’s Otello at the Athenaeum Theatre: 17 – 27 October 2018. For more information, visit: www.melbourneopera.com for details.

Image: Stephen Smith (supplied)

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