Though born in Miami, Florida, Shadae Lamar Smith's heritage is set in the hills of St.Catherine, Jamaica. As a child, his mother and grandmother introduced him to Jamaican and African folklore as well as Shakespeare and various classic Euro-American stories,films, and Broadway musicals.

 

Smith attended theatre performing arts programs throughout his primary academic career in Miami, Florida. Shadae also studied dance and some classical voice as a supplement to his theatre curriculum. This continued well into his undergraduate career. Smith received his B.A. in theatre from Fordham University in New York City. Soon after, he worked as a performer in Off-Broadway and regional theatres. In 2009, Shadae expanded his artistic scope to include filmmaking. He worked with Firelight Media in research and editing for the documentary Freedom Riders (Sundance selection 2010), and with IM Global in sales and distribution at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

 

In the fall of 2011 Smith worked with the Stunt Department on Quentin Tarrentino's Django Unchained. 2012 was the year Shadae Smith completed his first short film Divine Rite which screened at the New Orleans Film Festival, Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, Bronze Lens Film Festival of Atlanta and the Little Rock Film Festival. His most recent directing endeavor Miss Famous executive produced by James Franco and starring actor's Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, SNL), Jimmy Kimmel (Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel) and Tony Cox (Bad Santa, Friday), is in Post-production. He is currently an M.F.A. candidate in Film Production at UCLA.