Photos courtesy of Vince Trupsin
Interview with: Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith
1) How did you get started in the business?
In the entertainment business? My older sister was my very first influence and she was a trained dancer, so I followed in her footsteps. With her being 10 years older than me, she started taking me to theatre auditions at around 5 years old.
2) Why did you decide to leave The Price is Right for Smith Entertainment Group?
I felt that I had grown and it was time for me to spread my producer wings and share more of myself. Being vulnerable and sharing the talents that I have instead of keeping them to myself was a big decision to make but it was time.
3) What are some of your biggest accomplishments?
Actually, being the longest running woman of color on a daytime game show is definitely one of them. However, the fact that I was a teen mum with my first daughter and that she will be a college graduate this May with not only a degree in psychology but a double minor in Asian and Pacific Studies (she speaks mandarin) is probably the biggest accomplishment!! I’m so proud of her!! I am very proud of being able to manage a household, kids and a career simultaneously.
4) What is some advice you would give to future female entrepreneurs?
Always manage your self-care. It’s important to know what your needs are for you to perform as your best self. Without that things start falling apart. I would also say that no matter how old you are, acknowledge and believe in your own magic! It’s different and unique for each and every one of us. Then don’t forget to share it!
5) What are your plans for the future?
To have my own TV show to help others realize that they can continue to pursue their own dreams no matter what odds may seem stacked against them. To also help others in the industry who feel they have been seen in one dimension get seen in other important aspects of their life. There are many different sides to people and being able to feel fully seen and heard is a huge movement especially for women in the workplace today. I hope to be a huge part of that movement for women.
6) Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Grateful for the opportunity and would love anyone who likes to have a laugh or get some sweet advice to follow me on social media @mrsgwenniesmith on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat!