CREATE is delighted to acknowledge its ambassadors who support the achievement and promotion of our overarching objective to create a better life for children and young people in care. Our ambassadors are:
· Stephen Smith – Leading Australian Tenor
· Samantha Bui – Contestant from My Kitchen Rules 2012
Despite his current success, it has not been an easy path to success for the opera singer.
“I grew up in foster care until I turned about 10 years old. After that I lived with my Dad for a while, but by the time I was 15, I was living on the streets. I had no place to call home, no-one to turn to and as a result I probably wasn’t making the best decisions. But, I got lucky because I discovered my passion for music and singing.
Today, sometimes I find it hard to believe that I got myself on track, studied hard went to Uni and I think it’s because I didn’t give up. I followed my dreams. When I hear young people talking about not having parents to encourage them, or to try to please, I believe that the most important person to please is you. You’ve got your passion and ability within you and you just need to discover that and follow it with all of your heart.
Young people leaving care sure need support and information. Organisations like CREATE help young people get on track and reach their potential.”
More information about Stephen can be found here.
It has been so much fun to watch you on My Kitchen Rules. How has this experience challenged you to think differently?
My kitchen rules was the most challenging but most gratifying experience of my life. Going into the competition, I had such high expectations of myself. Filming long hours and being in situations that were not everyday reality was the hardest part. It was definitely not as all glitzy and glamorous as you would think TV would be. The biggest lesson I learnt, was to adapt to the situation and never give up. Always remember that there are options outside of the square. If your first idea doesn’t pan out then adapt by either changing your whole idea or replacing a segment of the idea to make it work. I am naturally a really excited person, my kitchen rules has really taught me to slow down and not rush whatever I am doing. Sometimes taking the time to think about the problem for even just a minute will make the solution appear quicker. I have met many amazing long life friends and I wouldn’t give up the experience for anything. Even though I didn’t win the competition, I believe I did win in my heart because I tried my hardest and grew as a person.
What role has cooking played in your life?
At a young age, my mother was rarely home to look after us. Being the oldest of six children, I had to cook for my siblings as a means of survival. At times I used cooking as tool to entertain and express myself. I used to experiment making different things such as éclairs (a French dessert). I enjoyed making delicious meals for my family and friends. When I was put in foster care at the age of 12, I had the freedom to explore more of the culinary world. I believe anyone can learn how to cook because it is a great skill to have.
You have a great sense of personal style! Where do you find fashion inspiration?
I follow the fashion trend of “If I like it, wear it”. I believe that anyone can be fashionable and it doesn’t have to be the most expensive things. Your clothes are how you want to express yourself and show people a part of your personality.
What would you like to say to children and young people in care who have big dreams like yours?
It might be cliché but never give up. Yes, maybe you‘ve a hard past but there’s always the future. You can do anything that you want to do or be the person you want to be. In the end, it’s all up to you to make it happen. All you need is that one person or opportunity to come your way and trust me it will. Only if you take the first step and want to move forward in life, in order to have the best future you can.
What’s next for you?
I have recently launched my blog which has the latest news about me & new recipes which I will be updating daily when possible. I am happy to receive feedback or answer any questions through my website. I will try and write back to as many as possible. Come visit me at www.samanthabui.com.