We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle D. Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Danielle, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is service. I truly enjoy and love serving people, helping people realize their potential, helping people realize they are not stuck in their trauma. I truly love people and seeing people happy! For me it is realizing that my brand is first understanding my purpose, then I was able to realize what my brand is.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an advocate for those that have or are dealing with abuse. I am a survivor myself of abuse from a young age into adulthood. I wrote my memoir in fiction format to assist those that are dealing with abuse. The book being written in fiction format makes it a sneaky self help book. That is my way of helping survivors. I then turned my book into a docudrama to reach another demographic. The film speaks to those that are survivors as well as those that want to help survivors. I am excited that I have won multiple awards for my work. People seeing my work means they saw the message and can help a survivor. I got to where I am today with the assistance of my editor and mentor, Joylynn Ross believing in me and giving me the instructions on how to take my platform to help others by providing the message on multiple platforms- book, shirts, film, and speaking. She taught me that my intellectual property is worth millions. What I know about abuse is worth getting the information out to thousands to help them survive, to live. I want people to know that I care about survivors and I always want to show them how to thrive after abuse. Being abused is not the end of their story. There is not a period, but a comma!!! Their life continues!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My editor, mentor and friend- Joylynn Ross is the owner of Path to Publishing. She edited my book, Yesterday’s Tomorrow and she mentored me and guided my success. She has had a literary career for over 20 years and I chose to follow the directions she gave me. Everything she taught me made sense. It is funny, when I first met with her I told her I only wanted to write a book. She encouraged me and taught me how to turn my book into a career, as well as a platform.

Website: www.iamdanielledsmith.com

Instagram: @iamdanielledsmith

Linkedin: Danielle D. Smith

Twitter: @iamdanielled

Facebook: @iamdanielledsmith

Youtube: Amazing, with Danielle D. Smith

Image Credits
All headshots by Jehan Daugherty at Jehan LLC, www.jehaninc.com Don’t Be Quiet film advertising drawing by LaTisha Sanders, www.facebook.com/byscuit.legend

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