He attended a local Methodist church, and eventually went to college at Ole Miss.
Partially due to this upbringing, Smith said, he didn’t consider his sexuality for most of his life.
He frequently returns to the university during college football season and delivered the university's annual commencement address on May 10, 2008.
Smith signed his first television contract with WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida.
He worked as a reporter for WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, reporter/anchor in Miami with WSVN, and as a reporter at WCPX-TV (now WKMG-TV) in Orlando.