To the new year!
The blonde beauty from Centurion is no stranger to success and living the life she’s always dreamt of. Charlize Berg is one of a kind: part of twins, a daughter, wife, singer, songwriter, the face of a make-up line and now soon-to-be mommy to a little girl! Her diary is jam-packed – especially with the new album out and shows all over the country.
Even as a young girl, Charlize always knew that she wanted a career behind a microphone. “My parents always asked me to sing for friends, family and guests at braais but I was always too shy,” she says. It was the Celine Dion hit, My heart will go on, that gave her the courage to ignore her nerves and sing in front of people for the first time. “There and then I knew that I had to follow my heart and pursue a career in music. The rest as they say… is history,” she laughs.
Her first public performance was in front of a panel of teachers at her primary school, Laerskool Wierdapark in Centurion. “I was so nervous that my knees buckled, my voice shook, I forgot my words and by the end of the song I couldn’t even get a sound out,” Charlize giggles.
Her first performance as a professional singer was in front of a crowd of about a thousand people alongside Kurt Darren – they sang a duet. “I felt like the tiniest ant on stage but it was quite an experience and it definitely helped to break the ice,” Charlize adds.
Since then, the talented singer has shared the stage with some of South Africa’s most well-known musicians and hottest new talent and even played the role of Sleeping Beauty in the stage production Doringrosie – Die Slapende Skone alongside Marno van der Merwe at Emperor’s Palace.
And yes, the nerves do still sometimes cause her to stop, take a deep breath and say a prayer. But, as Charlize puts it: “If the butterflies leave your stomach you have a problem.”
Her brand new album As Jy Weet Dis Liefde was released earlier in the year and fans are loving it. “I think my music speaks to people’s hearts and my fans can identify with my music,” Charlize says.
It took a year to write, record and complete the album and the song Braaf, holds a special place in Charlize’s heart. The album was awarded with a Ghoema award for best pop-album by a female artist earlier this year.
Another one of Charlize’s passions is beauty – specifically make-up and she’s recently been chosen as the ambassador for Halouw Make-up Academy and Alila Professional Make-up . You’ll never catch her without a good mascara and lipstick in her make-up bag and she can’t stop gushing about the Alila brand – especially the matt lipstick.
“Their lipstick lasts very long on the lips. If I want my lipstick to last the entire day I always put a layer of pressed face powder on top of the first layer of lipstick before applying the second layer.
“This helps the lipstick to last longer,” Charlize advises.
Any other make-up secrets?
“If you like wearing lots of make-up: Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s wrong. Make-up helps make a woman feel good about herself and boosts her confidence. What can be wrong with that?” she adds.
But it’s not all work and no play for the busy Pretorian. When she’s not busy rehearsing,
recording in studio or performing, she loves reading a good book, watching a movie or spending some quality time with her architect husband, Warren Linden, and the family.
The couple tied the knot in April and Charlize gushes that she has an incredible husband who helps her juggle and keep a well-managed balance between her career and personal life.
“It’s all about teamwork,” she says. Her secret to a happy marriage?
“It’s important to have God as the foundation of your marriage and of course trust, communication, support and unconditional love.”
For now, Charlize is getting ready for her first Christmas as a married woman. “Christmas is very much a family occasion and we always open presents on Christmas Eve.
“We get together as a family, indulge in delicious food and listen to music and read about the birth of Jesus from the Bible,” she says.
And of course, she and Warren is getting ready for their little bundle of joy. “This momma bear is dying of heat,” she beams.
More about Charlize:
What make-up products do you not leave the house without?
Alila Mascara, lipstick and a face powder
Favourite nail salon?
Tammy Tailor Nails Faerie Glen
What is the last movie you’ve watched?
What is your favourite food?
Pizza or anything that falls under “fine dining.”
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