We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always been fascinated with storytelling, and was blessed to have parents that encouraged my interested in film.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a Black and Queer storyteller. Through that lens I’ve discovered there are not a lot of people that look like me in photography and film – on screen or behind it. I admire artist like Texas Isaiah and Laverne Cox, and want to be a part of the expanding table of visual storytellers showcasing Blackness in all of its variety.
As a performance photographer and videographer, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to network as much as possible. People will contact you for work because you were there and another creative wasn’t. Put yourself in all the spaces, and take up as much room as possible. Dopeness is always recognized.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Bar hopping in Deepellum is a must on the first night, and before heading home we’d stop for tacos at El Habanero off Elm St. Next day, we’d have to check out the Nipsey Hussle Mural at the Glendale Shopping Center on South Marsalis Ave. Then, grab dinner at Desta’s – an Ethiopian restaurant in North Dallas. Finally, on Sunday we’d head over to White Rock Lake to barbecue and kayak until Sunset.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Friends & Family – Everyone that has aided in my growth through support and Love.
Model 1 – Tyler Smith Model 2 – Jessica Smith