Liberian Artist David Smith Makes Impact with Self Made Music Company
David Smith had a life-changing journey to the U.S. from Liberia, his father wanted to offer greater opportunities for their large family of nine—five girls and four boys, with David being the oldest son. Tragically at 12 years old he lost his mother, who was everything to him. But now an adult entrepreneur in music production under ‘Young Rich African’ as well as running online merch stores, Smith shows that with hard work and perseverance your dreams can become a reality despite adversity.
David was inspired to become an entrepreneur due to a desire for self-improvement and the opportunity of being able to act as a role model. He took his chance at becoming part of something bigger than himself, with hopes that he could make an impact within his community. Akon’s story also played a major factor in motivating Smith throughout this journey; observing how far someone from similar backgrounds can achieve helps serve as reassurance that anything is possible if you put your mind towards it. Finding success starting out has many challenges, primarily because getting people on board takes trust and dedication. Though David encountered these struggles early on, they weren’t enough to stop him.
For those wanting to take the plunge and start their own business, David has some wise advice: focus on keeping momentum through all of life’s highs and lows. Fear is something that can hold us back – but in order for success, it’s important to step out of your comfort zone. To David Smith, this could mean achieving even seemingly impossible goals or dreams.
In 2023 David is tackling his next big music project: ‘Land of Opportunity.’ His biggest challenge so far? Overcoming the loss of his beloved mother while finding ways to become financially independent. David wants to honor his special bond with his family and community and pass along financial freedom to the generations to come by creating a family business with a lasting legacy.