Carlton Smith began his career in radio broadcasting as on air personality in Lexington, KY. From there he traveled to other markets and ended up working in Austin, TX at KHFI and in Nashville, TN at WVOL and WLAC.
Eventually he began working in film production and began a career in production specializing in Country music videos.
While working his way up the ladder from Production Assistant to Producer he had the honor of producing for such acts as; Charlie Daniels, Aarron Tippin, Garth Brooks, Jo Dee Messina, and many more.
In 2002, he was nominated for Producer of the year by the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Carlton then took his knowledge of broadcast and film, and incorporated it with his love for the news and joined Indiana’s News Center as a Multimedia Journalist in 2008. In his role, he developed, filmed, wrote and reported news stories for the networks of Indiana's News Center.
After that, the waves of Florida were calling and he relocated back to South Florida to work with WSFL as a Multimedia Journalist. WSFL had a morning show that was run by the Sun Sentinel newspaper. Eager to go back behind the camera, Carlton began directing and producing for a national TV show, followed by Independently producing 2 documentaries.
On his first feature film, “The Black Miami," Carlton served as Producer, Writer & Co-Director.
The film won multiple awards at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and aired on WPBT for Black History Month in 2014.
His second documentary was filmed right here in Fort Lauderdale and is titled “Finding Life.” This documentary follows 7 gay couples as they take the steps of becoming parents through foster care and adoption. Both films have world wide distribution and are available on Amazon and Google Play.
Carlton currently works for the City of Pembroke Pines as a Video Producer, where he takes his years of experience as an overall Producer, Director, Writer and Reporter to help entertain, inspire and educate the city’s residents.
Having moved from Pompano Beach, where he served as Vice President of the Cresthaven Civic Neighborhood Association, the first step in moving to Middle River Terrace was to get involved in the community. This is where Carlton joins us now as our new Vice President.