Interview with Lady Divinity Smith(@ladydiviniti)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Well as a former writer for the San Matean Newspaper I developed not only a skill but a passion for writing a reporting the news so when the newspaper was discontinued for a lack of funding a part of me perished with it. I needed a new outlet to continue my writing so together my Dad and I launched the Media company we know today as Big Indy and I took it upon myself to create my own newspaper and magazine. So I’m back doing what I love to do.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I was able to get the attention of Drake with my very first Magazine which I released on April 1st, 2020. I honored him for ”Icon Of The Decade”, and roughly a month after that, the Billboard Awards named Drake ”Artist Of The Decade” and everyone started calling and DMing me asking me if I was responsible for it or if I had anything to do with that since it also seemed to come as a surprise to Drake as well to one of his Instagram post. He sent me DM the night of the Billboard Awards during his party in LA, I wasn’t able to make the party but I gave him my number, and as promised he reached out to me the following morning via text. I was shaking on the inside but I held it together haha. To this day I’m still not exactly sure if my article had any influence on the Awards show’s decision but either way it’s only right because Drake is the longest-running top artist of our time and deserves that and more. Additionally, an artist I featured inside Big Indy Magazine by the name of Hulio Draws was also later discovered by Drake and as a thank you Drake posted the artist’s work on his Instagram page and in his profile photo giving him amazing exposure.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Well, I don’t know if this will work for everyone but I work really well alone when it comes to my writing so I would say isolate and get the work done. Go with what makes sense to you before seeking advice. When I first decided to honor Drake, surprisingly I had so many people question and even throw jabs at me for it and tried to make me feel bad even which kind of affected my self-esteem since it was my first magazine but if I had listened to them I would have never got the chance to actually connect with Drake or Jas Prince whom I got the chance to meet in Miami for an OVO party and ended up giving him a copy of my magazine too which I believe also played a huge role. Bottom line is that everything happened the way it was destined to happen and it’s only because I followed my own path and isolated.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
In most cases this is true but in rare cases like myself and also 50 Cent, my fellow cancer; Cancerians are pretty self-sufficient and you’ll be surprised at how much I actually had to do on my own before getting the chance to build the amazing team I have now. The process of making the magazine was 100% funded, created, and designed by me. The company in which the magazine is named after is shared jointly between my father and me but the magazine was the addition that I created but as far as inspiration goes, I have many muses. Obviously Drake, a breakup I experience also inspired some of the poetry I wrote for it, my Dad also plays a significant role in my inspiration behind the magazine since I dedicated a large portion to the creators on our platform. Again my Dad since he designed the social media platform www.bigindy.net which was designed to assist creators in entertainment and we just kept putting our heads together to vertically integrate Big Indy into a super portal, full service media company, and agency, building out a TV network Big Indy TV, a news station, a newspaper, radio, magazine, and now the ‘Indyverse’ so he’s definitely a genius and together built it up into something enormous. Also, I have to give a shoutout to the teammates that we’ve acquired to help us expand even more this year, they are more than a team. I actually consider them family, Ra Ra Enterprise the new CEO of Big Indy Radio and J will with the JW Experience who is the greatest event coordinator on the west coast.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Yes at this point I have gained several happy clients whom I’ve helped with acquiring great PR campaigns that represent them fairly and accurately, along with providing them with marketing to help them grow their fanbase and authority in their industry. When I significantly help people like that, I feel so more validated in my purpose. Additionally, I have a passion to do my part to bring awareness to the overwhelming amount of homicides that happen in our communities so I created a foundation called ”We are our own homicide” I hope to be able to save lives by developing the proper prevention methods.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frighten us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? ” by Marianne Williamson. This is the one that helped me change my outlook on myself, I come from a very conservative background so most of the time I felt that my presence alone was too much, I always went out of my way to make sure I was as small as possible to the point where I really shrunk a lot of my growth. I was afraid of being put to shame for being great and making a real stamp in this world. Especially because I am an artist first and a lot of people I grew up around made me feel as though art wasn’t a real profession along with anything else creative and even though I spend most of my time assisting artists and covering news I still incorporate a great share of art into everything I do, shamelessly. It’s this quote that sparked and supported my decision to believe and act as the child of God that I am.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Instagram Twitter and TikTok you can find me under @ladydiviniti