JE: Really, you're done?
BS: Literally, I sent the email maybe an hour ago. Yeah, I'm just not supposed to be somebody else right now. And so many things are confirming that, and it's beautiful. I was doing it all at once. I was doing music, acting, and running a nonprofit. And right now, I'm very confirmed–even through this conversation–and other opportunities happening that I am not supposed to be acting. I’m in meetings with people where they're telling me, “Yo, you built a baby that we want to support, and it's from an authentic, singular thing that we want to be a part of,” and that's the most affirming thing, being told that I am celebrated for being different and unique. Now People are like, “dude, whatever you have found in that difference–how can I support that?” And I just don't want to act right now at all. When you're in a theater show, man, you devote your life to being the most honest you can for the character’s sake. Like you treat this character that’s fictional or real, and you dig into research and make all this effort to be the most honest to lift their journey with honor, and it takes a lot of effort. It’s just not what I’m supposed to be doing right now. I feel that way.
JE: It's taking you out of the work you’re doing on yourself to be authentic and present. It sounds like that “moon place” you find yourself in while performing is real presence and engagement with the energy around you.
BS: That's the guide. The moon place is the guide and to meet other people on the moon place is amazing. Because it's almost like an oh, I see you because you saw me in my highest. And I see you in your highest. We can return to that, you know, and It's a beautiful thing that happens, and theater has not yet given me that, and I've been in three Broadway shows, I've left shows, I've been Off-Broadway, and nothing has come close to what I feel with Britton and The Sting. It's true.
JE: That's amazing. Congrats on that revelation; it sounds like theres a new chapter for you. So, what do you see as next? You've just wrapped your end-of-year show at Nublu and decided to stop acting. What do you have planned for this next year?
BS: Yeah, we’ve been working on an album for like two years, and so, I want to finish this studio album. We took a month in Vermont, the whole team and some creatives, to figure out what we are doing that’s working and how we can deepen that and clarify it. And so, we came back with this plan that we think we should be mobilized around the country like a tent revival. So the plan is to go to towns and cities with a similar market of people driven by liberation, and we park there for a little bit, do our tent revival, and then get out. Like, Praise the gospel and then be out. A tent revival similar to what mega pastors did back in the day. I want to be a black gay mega pastor with a tent revival-style tour where we do our thing and preach that queer people are fucking holy and then peace out. Love you, town, peace. We've solidified producers who are down to take this journey with us, so we’re doing it twice in New York in 2023 at a theater space and at the Apollo. That's gonna be the kickoff for the tour of our tent revival.
JE: Its inspiring that you’ve allowed all your experiences to shape this path. You have your goals and vision and are walking toward them.
BS: Thanks for that. I want to add that the ability to align with other artists, like Corridor’s designer, Dan, who is similarly rooted and has similar hopes of liberation and building community, is a really cool opportunity. I feel like there is storytelling in everything, and talking to Dan about Corridor and how it happened, how you all create the space that y'all inhabit together. It's very similar to how we at The Sting create a space together, so I’m excited to be aligned with a brand that I know has similar values. We're from a similar cloth of humanity that I can stand with, so it's worth it to make space for this.
Britton Smith is an Artist, Master Troublemaker, and Frontman of Britton and The Sting. Follow him on Instagram here.