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The Inspirational Success Story of Will Smith

An actor par excellence, Will Smith is considered to be the most bankable actor all over the world by Forbes quite intriguing, isn’t it? As a young man, Will Smith’s ambition was to become “the most renowned movie actor in the world.” Will worked hard, dedicated time and effort in order to realise his acting dream. Will also studied the features of box office successes. His diligence probably stems from his close shave with bankruptcy, due to a $2.8 million tax debt… Will Smith Success Story. 

Firstly, Smith catapulted into limelight when his television series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”  gained popularity and ran for closed to 6 years. Before he started acting, Smith was moderately successful as a rapper, going by the name “The Fresh Prince.” 

Will Smith-Childhood

Will Smith-Childhood

Will Smith later transitioned from successful rapper to Hollywood A-lister.  He starred on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air before headlining such films as ‘Independence Day,’ ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Ali.’

Will Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1968. After he met Jeff Townes at age 16, the duo launched a highly successful rap career as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Smith starred on the sitcom “The Fresh Prince” of Bel-Air for six seasons. Later he established himself as a Hollywood A-lister with Bad Boys (1995) and Independence Day (1996). He has since headlined such popular films as Men in Black (1997) and Hitch (2005).  He has earned Oscar nominations for Ali (2001) and The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).

Early Life-Will Smith Success Story

The famed actor and music artist,  Will Smith was born Willard Christopher on September 25, 1968. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to mother Caroline, a school board employee, and father Willard C. Smith, a refrigeration company owner. He attended the strict Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, despite his family’s observation of the Baptist faith. He continued to attend Overbrook High School.

His West Philadelphia neighborhood was a melting pot of cultures where Orthodox Jews coexisted with a large Muslim population. Smith was a good student whose charming personality and quick tongue were renowned for getting him out of trouble. This was a trait for which he soon gained the nickname “Prince.”

Smith began rapping at age 12. He emulated heroes like Grandmaster Flash but tingeing his rhymes with a comedic element that would later become his trademark. At 16, Smith met a DJ at a party by the name of Jeff Townes. The pair became friends, and the 2 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was born.

Rap Success-Will Smith Success Story.

The duo began producing music.  But steered clear of the gangsta rap sound that was emerging from the West Coast by groups like. Prince rapped about teenage preoccupations in a clean, curse-freestyle that middle America found quite safe and entertaining. The pair’s first single, “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble,” was a hit in 1986. Their 1987 debut album, Rock the House, hit the Billboard Top 200, and made Smith a millionaire before the age of 18. The early success put any thoughts of attending college out of Smith’s mind.

Will Smith-Childhood

Will Smith-Rap life

Early on, it was reported that Smith had turned down a scholarship to Boston’s elite Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  But Smith later dispelled the rumor when he told an interviewer. In his words; “My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college.”

In 1988, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince continued their success with the album He’s The DJ,I’m The Rapper. Featuring the radio-friendly singles “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” “Brand New Funk,” and “Nightmare on My Street.” The album won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. It was followed in 1989 by And In This Corner…, which continued the pair’s rise to stardom.

Crossover into Acting-Will Smith Success Story

Two years later, Smith began his remarkable crossover into acting. Drawing on his experiences with fledgling stardom, NBC signed Smith to headline a sitcom. The collabo was played on his rapper persona, featuring his friend Towne.  The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a huge success that ran for six seasons.

Meanwhile, Smith and Towne continued producing music, their 1991 album Homebase Producing the hits “Summertime” and “Ring My Bell.” Their final album together, 1993’s Code Red, was notable for “Boom! Shake the Room.”

While still making The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith began a second crossover into movies. Small roles in the drama Where The Day Takes You (1992) and the comedy Made In America(1993) were followed by a critically acclaimed lead in Six Degrees of Separation (1993). Holding his own alongside Donald Sutherland. Stockard Channing and Ian McKellen, Smith played a street-wise gay hustler who cons his way through elite circles.

Smith’s first steps into superstardom came with his next film, Bad Boys (1995). The high-budget cop movie saw him team up with comic Martin Lawrence, breaking away from the black-cop-white-cop formula that had been so successful for Beverly Hills Cop and the Lethal Weapon series. The two black leads proved an instant success.  And Smith—playing the smooth lady killer to Lawrence’s clown—was established as leading man material.

Will Smith on set

Will Smith on set

Hollywood Star-Will Smith Success Story

Smith next took on the epic sci-fi flick Independence Day (1996), a role that confirmed him as a major player in Hollywood and the go-to guy for summer blockbusters. He played an air force pilot leading the counterattack against invading alien forces.  And his comedic talents effortlessly transformed into the pithy one-liners. 

Smith fought aliens again in his next blockbuster, the comic sci-fi action film, Men In Black(1997). Playing opposite Tommy Lee Jones, Smith chewed up the screen as the new recruit to Jones’s old hand. Smith rapped the theme song, and its inclusion on his 1997 solo album, Big Willie Style, brought the multi-talented actor more success. Another blockbuster followed with the slick conspiracy thriller Enemy of the State (1998), which earned Smith an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.


The string of hits came to an end in 1999 with
Wild Wild West, a sci-fi cowboy Western co-starring Kevin Kline. Despite the film’s lackluster box-office performance, the track Smith cut for the film became a hit on his 1999 album, Willennium. The golf movie The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) was his next big film, with Smith playing the caddie to Matt Damon’s out-of-sorts swinger.

The 2001 biopic Ali, based on boxing legend Muhammad Ali, gave Smith the opportunity to regain his big-screen swagger. His turn as the charismatic boxing great saw Smith put in the performance of his life.  Training and disciplining himself to extraordinary lengths to do justice to the athleticism—and ego—of the titular character. The film underwhelmed at the box office despite a record-breaking opening day.  But Smith’s performance was strong enough to garner him his first Academy Award nomination.

‘Men in Black’ and ‘Bad Boys’

A couple of sequels were next, with Smith reprising his roles in Men In Black II (2002) and Bad Boys II (2003). Neither was a flop, but neither matched the impressive box-office take of its predecessor. Staying with the sci-fi action theme, Smith moved on to I, Robot in 2004. The Isaac Asimov adaptation featured Smith as a futuristic cop. Also investigating a murder by a robot and then battling a robot insurgency. The film performed well, grossing more than $144 million domestically… Will Smith Success Story.

Will Smith starring in "Men in black"

Will Smith starring in “Men in black”

Smith’s smooth-talking charmer persona was put to use in the 2005 romantic comedy Hitch.  Playing a dating consultant who helps luckless guys with their romantic moves. Smith also penned the theme song and included it on his 2005 album, Lost and Found. Hitch was a massive success, and it was followed in 2006 by another critical and financial hit, The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). This starred alongside his real-life son Jaden. Smith captivated audiences with the story of a single father who has to build a life from scratch. He received his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance.

In 2007, Smith starred in I Am Legend, a remake of the Charlton Heston film Omega Man. In this movie Smith battled bloodthirsty vampires. The film became a national and international hit.

Producer and ‘Concussion’ Recognition

Smith then took on the dual role of actor and producer for Hancock (2008), in which he played an alcoholic anti-superhero, and for Seven Pounds (2008), about a man who sets out to change the lives of seven people. He also helped produce two more films released that year, Lakeview Terrace and The Secret Life of Bees.

Actor Will Smith

WIll Smith bags award

After a hiatus, Smith returned to the big screen in 2012 with Men in Black 3, followed by a turn as a military commander in the critically panned M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi flick After Earth, which co-starred Smith’s son Jaden. He then made a cameo as Lucifer in the film Winter’s Tale (2014)… Will Smith Success Story

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16 thoughts on “The Inspirational Success Story of Will Smith”

  1. Dada Essential 3 says:

    A star in di makingz? “YES” but success is not for everyone who don’t knw wat to do/were they r going… finding wat u luv to do is essential n on di other hand is hard as well… trying to find my way but need guidance as well… it’s no fun if ur all in it for ur-self alone… it’s not always a lonely road… smh… mhmmmmmm…

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