We had the good fortune of connecting with Deak J. Smalls and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Deak J., can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am from Charleston, South Carolina by the way of Mount Pleasant. Growing up as a adolescent taught me how to respect myself and come with an open heart. To have patience, understanding towards myself and for others. That place helped me burgeon in character development, helped me to have integrity, strength and to heal from my cuts and bruises. I’ve always described myself as being the guy next door due to my upbringing because to know to have just the simple kind of life to me is way more appreciative. And I’m grateful.

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 am an actor that begin my professional career in 2013, but I’ve always had passion for it starting as early as the second grade. From then until high school, ive participated in several church and school productions to later attend Spartanburg Methodist College in the upstate South Carolina and major in Theater and Film Production. I began to receive professional training from the likes of Mrs. Chris Weatherhead, Michael Givens, Terry Serpico, and Tom Logan that spearheaded my career. As an actor, I was blessed with opportunities in film, television, theater and digital media. In anything we work to achieve in society is never easy. Like anyone in my field of work I’ve received way more No’s than Yes.. Those rejections has helped me stay grounded and pushed me to work even harder for more opportunities that come my way in booking roles and continue to be grateful. Most importantly, I want my work to be seen and appreciated for how hard and how much fun I take my profession. I want to inspire people to go achieve your dreams in this land of opportunity. Be that Prince Charming in searching for what fits for your happiness, lol.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since I am a Geechee boy from South Carolina I would definitely take my friends out to eat to this spot in College Park called Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen that caters to the type of food I grew up Gullah cuisine that definitely would give you a taste of my culture. I don’t hang out that much but I like going to a few showcases out here for music, theater and food. Not one I can think of specifically, I would recommend anything out here you’ll be intrigued and have lots of fun. The people here some of the most interesting people I have ever encountered. You can learn a lot about different cultures, happiness and struggles that would help you get to better know yourself.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would definitely recognize my parents, my grandmothers, my children, family and close friends that I’ll give credit for inculcating spirit in me. Always provided encouragement to me when there were times I didn’t have the strength to uplift myself. They believed in me and never sugarcoated anything with me if they knew it was going to benefit me in my life. Forever love them.

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Image Credits
Photographer: Anthony Paderewski, Justin Hollins, Bae Mitchell, Mcgarry photography

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