Smith was earn acting credits since 2011, appearing on TV shows like “Gossip Girl”, “Girls”, “Chicago PD”, “Blue Bloods” and “After.” But in all these performances, cis played a straight man. However, it wasn’t until 2017 that Smith came out as a trance through his character in the OWN series “Queen Sugar”.
In 2020, Smith began starring in the movie “9-1-1: Lone Star” on Fox, thanks to which the first Black trans men’s regular series on network television. He also returns in “The L Word: Generation Q” as a trans character.
While the trans community is pushing for more trans actors to play cis roles, Smith is proving that this is possible.
“When I started, there weren’t many trans male roles,” Smith said said NBC News in 2017. “I really tried to be careful [choosing a trans role] because it was something that interested me, but I wanted to make sure that it would resonate with me and it would have a positive impact on trans and non-trans people. “
In November 2021, People Magazine added Smith to his “Sexyest Men Alive” list – the first transman to be named on the annual list.
“They told me a lot of things, this is the first time,” Smith wrote on his Instagram after publication. “Incredibly honored to have been included on this list with so many actors that I admire. A great love of @people for a historical shout.”