Architect By Day & Artist By Night … from Melissa Noel on Vimeo.
While completing a degree in Architecture in Washington D.C., Dwayne Smith made a decision.
He decided that he would not choose between pursuing a career in architecture and his goal of making it in the music industry as an R& B singer. So he didn’t.
Now almost two years since Smith got his degree, he is an Architectural Draftsman at KOR architects, a leading New York City firm. He also making waves as unsigned hype performing self-written R&B songs all over NYC and Washington D.C.
Each day this 24-year-old Bronx native goes from making blue prints to writing music notes. He often goes straight from the firm to the stage.
Smith is in the process of trying to get signed to a record label. He is also lead designer of gallery for a new arts institution in Manhattan. This is something Smith says is usually reserved for older, more experienced architects.
“I will not lose, failure is not an option” is something Smith says to himself everyday.
He may not lose, but many around him think that the day will come when he will have to choose between one or the other because each is so demanding.
Smith’s family equally supports both of his ambitions. His two brothers help promote and produce his music and he has made his mother the C.E.O of his company Crow Productions. The company will feature music as well as a clothing line Smith recently started called Vello Apparel.
He was heavily influenced by the strict upbringing and lover’s rock reggae music in his Jamaican household.
Smith just made his first music video for his most successful single thus far, “Illustrious” and will complete the art gallery at the start of 2012.
“At times I do feel like I have to choose between architecture and music , but I try to keep the drive for both.”