We had the good fortune of connecting with DeMarco Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DeMarco, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Take a leap of faith and shine yo light. You could really be the one to save us all. Knowing that and providing a much needed perspective to the world that’s missing and filling a void that the youth need to played a part in our future as well. Taking risks, adjusting, being strategic in your entire approach from the marketing, promo to the presentation. Knowing how to sell to people without selling. Knowing how to strategic market your product and know that the world need yo voice and yo light. Make sure you learn and master the craft, the business, skills, the game and the industry. Know that you might have to take a risk and go hungry for weeks to invest your last dollar into changing your life and give you the opportunity to do so. You can’t do that from being comfortable. The leap to your next life required you being uncomfortable with being comfortable. Covid taught us once again the importance of building communities and touching people without seeing them in the digital age.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
First and foremost, I’m a 27 year old bringing history books to the world, History stories that often been told by the opposite race, older demographic that controlling the pens as well the narrative. Here a chance to translate the message in a manner that speak and relate to them while blowing they mind and showing them important stories that been hidden and StoLAnd ESPECIALLY BLACK LA HISTORY! I believe my approach and perspective is completely unique, and essential to move the needle and industry forward. Not only am I in the position to write and educate the youth and the world on these hidden black la stories, I can dive into overall black history and tell these stories on camera and through entertainment, using creativity in film to expand deeper on the world that I’m writing about and make the message even more accessible through our screen. Its was not easy, being that I’m overcoming huddle of public speaking with speech disorder and partial hearing loss where majority of my career is dealt with speaking and listening, so it take intense focus, learning how to relieve your anxiety and swallow any fear you may have by facing them one by one, this will show you that nothing is impossible. I’m living proof of that so I want the world to know Maintain The Mystery story is one of one and inspiring those to overcoming these huddle, working against the doubt, staying lowkey and locked in till you build your kingdom. Maintain the Mystery as a brand is the exact representation that we need for our future that will push the needle forward in our culture.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We have a complete guide to LA that’s partner with Maintain The Mystery, named “Cooper Said” you can go to CooperSaid.com or follow us on Twitter at @CoopSaid, IG at @Cooper.Said and find the best of the best in the city, with spots thats carefully curated, research and visit or ordered personally.
I recommend visitors of LA to visit The Flavor Table & The Serving Spoon for breakfast, My Two Cents & The District for brunch, Simply D’licious and Annie Soul Delicious for great black owned restaurant. Mardi Gras Tuesday & BlaqHaus NoHo for those in the valley,
If you need a caterer or Private Chef, I HIGHLY recommend @SafsKitchen she’s truly a one of one chef talent who really invested in her craft and her food show it, the best food pop up and chef to book in LA!
I would also spent a day paying homage to central avenue, visiting Leimert Park Village, going to Hot and Cool, Eso Won Book and Harun Coffee, Regency West Event, Neighbors Skate Shop and all the local business in the area, pushing the envelope and preventing gentrification in their community. I would recommend visitors to support those local business. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
S/O to My grandmother black history library that birthed my obsession with black history and black excellence.
S/o to My Late mentor who equipped me with knowledge and purchase majority of my movies collection that help birthed my obsession with movies
My parent who recently sold their homes and use part of the funds to help launch my start up company and really put their money where they believe in.
S/O to Think Watts and Watts Stix for helping me birth the first coffee table history book seed and helping release a collaboration which was my first book ever.
S/o to my brother/uncle CV who is like my version of Blacc Sam and Anthony of 40tons
S/o to my elders and family members who always believed in my vision and always pushed me to reach my full potential self.
S/o to last prisoner project, Matt gray, herb, 40 tons and weldon Angelos for being a huge help in pushing the release of my brother Corvain from trump signing his presidential clemency release after an 8 year campagain for his release
S/o to my twin and partner, Miri who I completely cannot do this mission without. She a huge blessing not only in my life but an important addition to the Maintain The mystery Company which we can combined our likeminded idea and brand into one hub unit.
S/o to Make Crenshaw Great Again, Cooper Said, 40 tons, John Ques Smokeout, Protect The Youth, The Pack Project as being allies and organization within our own hub