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Daily Inspiration: Meet Sam Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Smith. 

Hi Sam, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Hello!

Most folks know me as Sam, others know me as Shena. I believe Art is one of the most authentic means of storytelling for humanity. Fashion is an Art for me… a means of communicating without having to speak. I taught myself to draw at an early age and without any formal fashion training, I continued sketching, getting better, and sharing my work with high school friends. Deconstruction and reconstruction came naturally as well. Whether it was a pair of denim jeans or a chandelier I’ve take a part to build a pair of earrings- creating has always been my safe space.

Upon graduating from Morgan State University, I shifted my focus to creating accessories. Developing a distinct beading technique, brand language and culture helped to separate my work from others.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Absolutely!

This process of growth and evolution has taken many shapes. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome was myself. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that we sabotage our own joy and success… through doubt, procrastination, and flat-out fear.

Another learning opportunity was pausing to celebrate my wins instead of just hopping to the next project. While it’s still an active process to give myself props, I am getting better. Self-care has also been more of a religious practice on this journey- it’s taken on different shapes while I’ve grown in this space of entrepreneurship.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Hmm… well, I Love Music, dancing, traveling, tacos and my favorite color is leopard print. Self-love and care is my religion, and when I’m not creating or connecting with the community, I’m spending time with my loved ones.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
Over the next 5-10 years, we are expecting tremendous growth in our audience reach and community impact, a larger network of creatives and we will have our state of the art headquarters office in Baltimore city to house projects, collaborations, workshops and more.

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Image Credits
K Finch Photography
MUA Shantel Pinock

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