Bevy Smith has many titles: TV host, socialite, journalist, speaker; but she is all about being a success business woman first and foremost. I caught up with the Dinner With Bevy founder and Bravo’s Fashion Queens co-host at New York Women in Communication’s Teen Media Day at LIM College. Smith was the event’s keynote speaker and did not disappoint. She shared her non-conventional career journey with a packed audience and used her signature wit to inspire and motivate.
Smith started her career as a receptionist and transitioned herself in several successful opportunities including an advertising sales executive, reporter, fashion editor, entrepreneur and TV host. Her Dinner With Bevy events have become her trademark platform and connects today’s hottest talent with the world’s top brands. Throughout the years, Smith has been able to make advantageous moves into new business areas because she focuses her energy on things that she is passionate about and doesn’t move onto a new role without mastering her current one.
The “accidental entrepreneur” had this advice to share: “I’ve always followed my interest. I try to work on things that I am really interested in. When I get assignments or clients that I am passionate about, it makes it all worth it. Transitioning is about following your passions, so that when you are going through lean times it won’t feel as bad because you are doing something you love.”
Additionally, Smith doesn’t advise just jumping ship before you are ready. “You have to nail these things. You should put one foot in front of the other, but you also have to always make sure that what you are working on right now, you’re present for it. You’re in the moment.”
This is amazing advice for anyone considering a career switch or stepping out on their own to start a new business. Heck, it’s great life advice and only someone as authentic as Bevy Smith would be willing to share it. Cheers to following our passions and mastering our present. And, if you haven’t check out Bevy Smith on Fashion Queens. It’s delightful.
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