Q1. Tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Stephanie Browitt and I am 24 years old. My dream goal in life has always been acting in the film & tv industry. I love helping others and being there for my friends and family, offering advice when needed and more. I have always wanted to act from a young age and be apart of the creative industry because I want to be able to bring joy, laughter and more for people who need it. To help others who need an outlet or a distraction from real life. I have completed a Bachelor in Creative Arts where I majored in both media and drama, I then went on to complete the full time course with the Howard Fine Acting Studio. It was a dream come true & one of my most amazing experiences to date.
At the end of last year on the 9th of December, my dad, sister and myself were apart of the White Island eruption in NZ. Unfortunately I lost my sister on that day and my dad a month later. Fortunately I managed to survive for myself and my amazing mum. I am now a burns survivor.
Q2. Tell us about what you do, and why you do it!
I am now sharing my trauma and the road to recovery on my Instagram page. My aim is to bring awareness to what a burns survivor goes through so that people can have an understanding of the hard ships but also see the strength that it takes for us to push forward. I want to be able to share my journey and be open so that others can learn from me and so that other burn victims can feel confident as well. One shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed because of their burn scars! Instead they should feel strong and powerful.
Q3. What makes you feel courageous?
My mum makes me feel courageous and the journey that I’ve been on. My mum constantly reminds me of how proud she is and that she knows my dad and sister would be smiling down at me for what I’ve had to overcome. Even the nurses and therapists that I had would remind me of my achievements and how they could see how driven I was to get back to my usual self. There were so many moments where I wanted to give up but instead I chose to keep going and keep striving for the best for myself. When I think about where I started and what I’ve had to do to get to where I am today, that makes me feel courageous.
Q4. What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year old self?
To be confident! Love yourself because there is nobody like you and nobody else has been on the journey that you have. Everybody is different and that’s what makes us all special. There is nobody else like you.
Also remind your loved ones that they’re loved and how grateful you are to have them in your life. You can never tell them enough so keep reminding them how special they are to you and make that time with them. Family can’t be replaced, so make the most of your time with them and create as many happy memories possible.
Q5. What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
Never give up. If you want something, get it. If you face road bumps along the way, don’t let them stop you. It might be hard, challenging, painful & emotional but once you pull through it will be worth it. Not only will it make your achievements feel more worth it, but you’ll also learn more about yourself and how strong you can become. You’ll realise just how much you can accomplish and that nothing is ever out of reach. Be true to yourself and believe in yourself and their will be no limit on what you can overcome and accomplish in life! Don’t forget to surround yourself with loving family and friends.