Proud Stories: Adrian Smith (He/Him)
Q: What kind of performance artist are you?
Q: When did you first know that you wanted to be a full-time artist?
Wow, a full-time artist.... I would say I've known my entire life that I wanted to pursue art as a career. But diving completely into the art and trusting that each step will lead me to the next project in my career. That is something I've recently obtained in the last 3 years.
Q: How are you keeping yourself inspired to create during this unprecedented time?
I actively try to find ways to improve from the last project I worked on. I love sketch comedy so its great each time I get to improve from the last sketch. It allows me to grow not only as a writer but as an actor as well and video editor, costume design you get the drift.
Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome as an artist and how did you overcome it?
Learning to not compare my journey to other artists around me. Allowing space for me to grow. It’s hard when you feel stagnant and everyone else around you is doing such amazing things but I had to remind myself I am exactly where I should be. Every step I take or decision I make ultimately leads me in the direction I need to go to grow. A mighty tree don't grow overnight.
Q: What are you most proud of in your career thus far?
That I haven't given up. Yes, there's shows I could name or projects. But I take great pride in not giving up the fight. 10 years as a professional artist and I still keep that same flame lit that my 5 year old self ignited. That's a beautiful accomplishment.
Q: Is there anything you are working on now that can be shared and supported?
I have Stand Up show happening around NYC and great sketch comedy. Follow me on instagram @on.stage.smith.