There's a lot of calmness that comes with turning 40. He's only just reached that milestone, but he's already experiencing that peace.
Actor and musician Clint Brink is grateful for each and everyone of those 40 years. They've brought him his acting career, his family, his music and given him the space to dream.
He was 19 years old when he was on the Backstage set as a young actor playing the character of Shawn Jacobs and his life was never the same again.
We catch up with the calmer Clint, who turned 40 on 29 September.
“A lot of people say it, but you do not really believe it until it happens. I feel a lot calmer and settled in who I am. I am grateful for who and what I have become. I come from a family that did not have much and I had to work hard to get to where I am and I grateful to God continues to honour my prayers. The entertainment industry is full of smokes and mirrors where it is not easy to know what is real and what isn’t, so it is very important to stay true to yourself.”
Even though the entertainment industry has changed from being about what a person has to offer to being about social media followers, he says, he has been blessed to be able to do what he loves.
“I have had the pleasure of moving seamlessly from one set to the next, from one project to the next and God has kept elevating and promoting me. In the last 21 years, I was only a freelancer for 18 months, but I have always had work the other times. That can only be God and I am so grateful.”
He has learnt the hard way, he says, to be deliberate about keeping his private life, private and not share too much of his personal life. One of the greatest losses of his life was very public when his girlfriend Marubini Mogale died in a horrific car accident in 2002. That changed his life.
“I learnt early in my career not to give everyone everything. There was a time where every interview about that accident and people wanted to sensationalize it, they just wanted the juicy details not aware how it affected the families. I was in a dark place. I remember when I used to drink a lot but through God’s grace I pulled through.”
Since then, his career has blossomed with him getting different kinds of characters that have allowed him to grow.
“I have been very conscious about how coloured men are viewed in the entertainment industry. I cannot allow myself to take on roles that perpetuate certain stereotypes. That is why I enjoyed the character of Tino on Scandal! because he was a successful businessman. He had properties, he was wealthy, respectful and respectable. I need to portray characters that will help extend young men’s vision of what they can become. I am deliberate in that I play roles that are transformative to people.”
Clint has also dabbled in a music career where he has released chart topping music.
“The industry that I am in is very weird. If there is no drama or scandal about you then people are not interested to what you are about. No one wants to be a good because it is boring. As an actor I have realized that we are still very divided as a country. People on social media often ask when I will be returning to their screens and my response is always the same ‘I never left’ but I am just on another channel - KykNet.
“I have learnt that the audience I have now does not watch SABC and my SABC audience does not watch this.
“People in the entertainment industry are [also] so fickle, the last thing they want to talk about is Jesus. In fact, they get more offended at the mention of the name of Jesus more than any profanity.”
He is enjoying married life with his wife of four years, Steffi. They only knew each other for three months before getting married and have spent the first few years of their marriage getting to know each other.
They are now ready to start their own little family.
“Married life is the best. It requires that you bring the best version of yourself every day. My daily mission is to make sure that I help her reach whatever heights she wishes to reach, to do everything in my power for her betterment. It is amazing to be transformed by love, through love and for love,”