Martelize Brink has become a household name as the late morning voice on RSG and has recently added cookbook author to her long list of accomplishments. But most importantly she is a Capetonian living life to the fullest and we caught up with her to talk about Radio, loving food and of course CAPE TOWN!
Q: What has been your top 3 experiences on the Radio in South Africa?
A: I’ve been broadcasting for almost 2 decades. There are so many amazing stories and experiences, it’s difficult to choose. Just the opportunity to talk to listeners every morning is an honour and highlight in itself.
-We take our recording mics all over the world. Highlights include recordings during trips with listeners to, amongst other destinations Rwanda to experience the gorillas, Sicily and Tanzania for the Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater and the rest of the breath taking wildlife.
-Presenting a dual programme, simultaneously broadcast in Belgium with presenters from a Belgian radio station. All of us had to speak much slower to understand each other in Afrikaans and Dutch.
-The many interviews I’ve conducted with people like Judge Edwin Cameron about his life and ground breaking career.
Q: What are your 3 best experiences in Cape Town as a city?
A: -I’m a big foodie and Cape Town has such a plethora of choice for any food lover it’s impossible to experience all of them. I’m always looking for a new food experience. Everything form the Eastern Food Bazaar to the many markets to stock up on locally produced artisanal products and ingredients.
-Kayaking to Robben Island and back. You can also just take a chilled cruise close to shore.
-You don’t have to go far to enjoy Cape Town’s natural beauty. I live in Sea Point and the promenade is a good place to find some relaxation and peace. It’s been photographed from every possible angle. You can also find people from every corner of the earth on that strip. The mountainous terrain is also one of my favourite aspects of the city. Table Mountain will forever be iconic for visitors and locals alike.
Q: If you had to tell a tourist to go for one activity on his last day in Cape Town, which one would it be?
A: If they haven’t fit in a proper wine tour, I would suggest that before departing. More advisable before a long journey home would probably be a paraglide landing on Sea Point promenade.
Q:What is your advice to upcoming kids looking to make a career on Radio?
A: Start at a community radio station. It’s the perfect place to hone your skills and find out what your strengths are and how you can contribute to the broadcasting industry. Internships or sitting in on someone’s show for a week is a good way to learn more about broadcasting. Be prepared to work hard for no or very little money. I was the breakfast presenter at a community radio station and program manager at the same and earned R900 per month. It’s all we had to pay ourselves. It wasn’t about the money. It was about learning and contributing. Hard work is more important than talent. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you’re unprofessional, lazy or arrogant you’re going to find it difficult to achieve success in the industry. Don’t focus on just being a “dj”. Even if that is the direction you want to go in, you still need a broad general knowledge, be able to apply diplomacy and interview any person that walks into the studio. Read! Watch the news. I’m in the public broadcasting sector and love the diversity of what is expected of me on a daily basis. I present a daily 3 hour show, but also have the opportunity to produce documentaries and specialist programmes. That’s where the real intellectual stimulation lies for me.
Q: What's the greatest fear you've had to overcome to get where you are today?
A: Myself. I try not to think too much before challenging myself. Sometimes you can psyche yourself out of taking a chance or making that leap that you’ve always wanted to take. Yes, there is the possibility of failure, but that’s where learning takes place and humility develops. Embrace adrenalin. It helps you focus. It feels like fear, but it’s what you need for a successful broadcast. I try not to think about hundreds of thousands of listeners, but rather approach broadcasting as a chat between me and one person. It’s important to be a mediator between views, likes, dislikes and opinions of different listeners.
Q: What's the one thing you'd like to achieve in 2018?
A:I published a cookbook end of last year “Martelize Kook! Jy’s genooi” (You’re invited). There are still events to tackle with the book. The next goal is to finish a book about embracing “the other road”. Living your life and not giving in to the subtle pressures to be someone else.
Q: What is your biggest passion in life?
A: Helping people learn more and understand more about each other. The only way forward in society is for all of us to be able to place ourselves in someone else’s’ shoes. Without that understanding, we’ll never have a truly successful and inclusive world.