Samuel Smith has never been a stranger to hard work. As a former athlete turned actor, he’s always looking to be competitive in any field that he’s in. He grew up in Miami, Florida as a young man in the ’90s together with his single mother and his sister. Life wasn’t always easy for Samuel; he and his family had seen a good amount of struggle when he was growing up. So, he promised his family that we would become a successful figure in the entertainment industry so he could show his mother the other side of life.
He took up his undergraduate studies at Alabama State University. Samuel Smith’s theater professor was Dr. Tommie Stewart, who always taught her students how to get the job done. They had to do everything in their theater since they didn’t always have the funds to hire the help they needed to fill positions in their shows. Samuel learned every part of theater and acting during those times, and it was an experience that not many actors seem to have had.
Samuel Smith eventually graduated and received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts. He also took up a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts at Brandeis University, where he further honed his skills and education. Shortly after, he transferred to New York City and began teaching Theatre Arts to school children. He quickly fell in love with teaching, as he found new ways to help build his students’ communication skills and confidence.
He was so passionate about teaching acting that he established his own company so that he could teach his students on his own terms. He saw the flaws in the New York school system and strived to improve on empowering his students. At the beginning of every class, he encourages his students to share their stories and support one another.
In line with his passion for helping others, Samuel Smith is also one of the lead mentors for the men’s group called My Brother’s Keeper in Brooklyn, New York District 19. It is a task force that seeks to eliminate the opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color.
Samuel Smith is an actor that has put himself out there to help others through different causes. Among his greatest acting work comes from roles that he has been recently cast in such as 6 and 8 in “Godfather of Harlem,“ the priest in the movie “See You Yesterday,” and as a recurring guest star in “Shades of Blue” on NBC. He also has additional credits on popular hit shows such as “House of Cards,” “Daredevil,” “The Inspectors,” “The Blacklist,” “The Good Wife,” “Leftovers,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” and the pilot episode of “Uptown Girls” just to name a few.
Samuel Smith has grown his brand tremendously well. Apart from acting, he also owns a few businesses such as Samuel Leon Leather, Better Than Perfect athletics, and his up-and-coming Samuel Leon men’s suit line. He understands the value of not only being an artist in entertainment, but he is also creating opportunities for wealth for himself and his family. Samuel hopes that his story will inspire others to do what they can to reach for their dreams and help other people get opportunities along the way.
Find out more about Samuel Smith by checking out his official website.