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Conversations with Bryan Leigh Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryan Leigh Smith.

Hi Bryan Leigh, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My story begins in the deep South Savannah, GA. You know the bench that Forrest Gump sat on while he told his stories? That’s where I was born and raised.

A true southern belle, a Georgia peach at heart, a Cali girl in the flesh, Bryan Leigh Smith is my name. Having my roots in the south gives me a lot of culture and inspiration to pull from. There’s nothing I love more than a humid night, under a sky full of stars, basking in the thick salt air, eatin’ some savannah river fresh shrimp and grits, sipping a glass of chardonnay with some banana pudding and a southern gentleman for dessert. My senses are fully tantalized every time I visit my hometown. From the fragrant jasmine to the daily iced cold sweet tea, the south is a world of its own.

Moving to California was definitely a shock! It was like moving to a completely different country. Where were the gentlemen? Where was the hospitality, the smiles, the southern comforts? Even though my LA life started off rocky, I trusted my leap of faith. I knew in my heart that Los Angeles was where I was supposed to be. Originally I came to the city of Angels for acting, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that my heart was in dance and music. Lucky for me, Dance is booming in LA. I quickly found my favorite hiphop and heels dance classes and dove into the events and culture.

I grew up dancing. I have loved dancing since the age of 2 and I never stopped. I’ve been dancing for almost four decades!!! Woah…

I started creating music in 2007. It all began as a joke and a song about my cats was created. The lyrics went, “Hump in his back, Hump in his back, he’s got a little brother with a hump in his back. Sammee plays fetch and Nugget will attack and maybe it’s because he’s got a hump in his back” lol! that was the first song I wrote! Nugget had a condition called cerebellar hypoplasia and people were making fun of the way he walked, so as the great cat mom I am, I wrote a song in retaliation, and now, 13 years later, I am still writing music. I know the reason I have stuck with making music is because all I want in life is to be the front and center dancer. I want to be Britney, I want to be Madonna, I want to be the STAR!

It’s true, all I want to do is dance and get all the attention!!!! Haha. When I transitioned from writing only “funny” songs to more serious songs, my first single was called “Attention Whore” which is very very fitting… and still very very funny.

Rhinestone Cowgirl is my latest single release! It’s also my first release under my new Artist name, my real name, Bryan Leigh Smith. When I first started making music, as I explained, it began as a joke, so I had a joke name, b-RyaN. It stuck for over a decade.

Most recently, I have decided to take my aesthetic to the next stage of evolution by using my real name; mom is happy. You can listen to Rhinestone Cowgirl on all streaming platforms! I’m hoping to get it placed in the new Barbie Movie with Margot Robbie, Greta Gerwig and Ryan Gosling: have your friends call my friends and we can be friends.

Up next I will be performing around the US. No dates are set, but stay tuned for show dates!!!!

Additionally, new singles are to be released every month throughout the rest of 2022!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have been so many challenges, but I don’t like to focus on those things. Let’s talk about what I overcame:
A limited mindset
Being around negative people
Listening to people who don’t have my best interest in mind
Conforming under pressure
Under earning
Not listening to my gut
All the learning curves…

I keep learning new things!!! & this is the key to life…..

There were many obstacles, but I have found that focusing on our successes brings more success. If I can encourage you to think about all the success in your life, and really think about it and really feel it, I can guarantee you will have more success right around the corner

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I dance, perform, write songs, record songs, collaborate with other artists, and most importantly; I have fun! I am known for my sexy dancing, my cameo in LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” music video and my contagious laughter.

I specialize in hiphop and heels dancing.

I make pop music blends like pop country, pop dance, pop rock, pop rnb. I love to take things that are familiar and twist ’em up a bit.

I am most proud of being an independent artist and supporting myself as an artist.
There’s a big vibe difference between asking people for “favors” and actually paying other artists to work with you! When you pay them, YOU’RE the BOSS.  When you get favors done…it doesnt always turn out well unless that person is actually YOUR FRIEND.

I will always change things up and push boundaries!

I get so excited when I get to work with other artists!!!! They are the fire to my heart! I get so inspired by working with other creatives and being friends with other artists. We need each other, not only for artistic inspiration but for support! As artists, we face many different challenges and having that support system is crucial to survival!!!!

Some of my favorite artists that I’ve worked with this year include:

Alyssa Aparicio
Wes Klain
Komron Music
Chris Hanebutt
Michael Marinola
Nazim Chambi
Samantha Caudle
Claudio Robles
Dj MoonFlower
Apollo Sa’Deek
Daniel Sugimoto
Jenna Bernstein

Shanlee Walstad

Cheri Moon

DJ MoonFlower

and many more.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Is the reward worth the risk???!!!

Almost ALWAYS!

If it was easy everyone would do it.

These are all valid points and there’s a reason that they are common sayings. I believe that you must take the risks. If you KNOW you want something, YOU MUST TAKE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED with having that thing! There’s no way around it! If you don’t take the risk, you’ll end up depressed. I know this to be true!

At my live shows especially, I love to challenge myself to learn a new pole trick or try a hoop or something new. If you, the artist, are bored then the audience is going to be bored too!

I would rather take the risk and not have perfection than not take the risk and be boring and familiar.

My rule of thumb: If it feels scary, you’re doing the right thing!

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Wes Klain Kyle Ruddick

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