A Mo­ment With Kayla Bri­anna

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We love chat­ting with those that have a few plates spin­ning while they take on the world, but re­mem­ber to keep fam­ily first as well! Singer, Model and Ac­tress, Kayla Bri­anna talks about how en­ter­tain­ment was a fam­ily af­fair (her father is Kenny Smith, who not only played in the NBA but is a sports an­a­lyst and Emmy Award win­ner for In­side the NBA on TNT), what it's like for her to be on tour right now, what she's fo­cused on or 2018 and how she bal­ances her time.

ATH­LEISURE MAG: It seems like be­ing in en­ter­tain­ment is a part of the fam­ily busi­ness. Tell us more about your fam­ily and how you got into per­form­ing?

KAYLA BRI­ANNA: Grow­ing up mu­sic was al­ways in my fam­ily. My grand­fa­ther, Gerry Gof­fin is in the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame and my grand­mother sang back­ground for Ray Charles. I started off in girls groups and even­tu­ally went solo and landed a deal with In­ter­scope Records.

AM: You have col­lab­o­rated with a num­ber of artists, what is it like and who would you like to work with?

KB: Each song is dif­fer­ent. Work­ing with Lon­don On Da Track, we recorded in At­lanta un­til around 3 a.m. each night. Just be­ing in a creative space is a great feel­ing. I’d love to work with Drake, 6lack, Sab­rina, Clau­dio Pharrell and H.E.R.

AM: How's tour­ing and what do you do prior to and af­ter per­for­mances?

KB: Tour life is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of hours driv­ing and you kind of just sleep when you can. Usu­ally we have a per­for­mance and then in the morn­ing drive to the next city and do it all over again. Be­fore each per­for­mance I'll say a prayer to calm me down and then af­ter, we cel­e­brate!

AM: Will we see you on the stage dur­ing fes­ti­val sea­son? KB: Hope­fully I’ll be per­form­ing at some of the par­ties at Coachella. I per­formed at the Ga­lore party last year.

AM: Tell us about your style for your shows ver­sus how we would see you run­ning er­rands or go­ing out to brunch.

KB: For my shows, I’m SU­PER full out and do­ing the most and then when I’m at home you can usu­ally see me in leg­gings and Nike’s and over­sized sweaters, lol.

AM: When you're home, where do you go out and eat, shop and work out?

KB: When I want to go out and eat I love Catch, COD, and of course, In-N-Out. I love to shop at the Amer­i­cana and when I want to get an in­tense work­out in, I’ll ei­ther do Barry’s Boot­camp or Pi­lates.

AM: What are you fo­cused on in 2018?

KB: I’m ex­cited to re­lease my EP this year and get more into my acting ca­reer. I booked a role on This Is Us this sea­son so I’m ex­cited to keep it go­ing.

AM: Tell us about your up­com­ing al­bum!

KB: My EP will re­lease this year, Lon­don On Da Track pro­duced it and I’m just ex­cited for peo­ple to get more of an idea what my sound is.

AM: How do you give of your time?

KB: Ev­ery year I work with Feed the Chil­dren dur­ing All-Star Week­end. My fam­ily and I host an event and give­away food, clothes and toi­letries.

AM: How can we find out what you're up to?

KB: Make sure to check out my mu­sic on Ap­ple Mu­sic and Spo­tify! Also my so­cial han­dle across plat­forms is @ kay­labri­anna.

With­out ques­tion, Em­mitt Smith is known as one of the great­est NFL play­ers of all time! We were honored to take a mo­ment with him dur­ing the Su­per Bowl ear­lier this month to find out about his part­ner­ship with Hag­gar Cloth­ing Co, the im­por­tance of his re­la­tion­ship with his father, what the Su­per Bowl means to him, his fuel foods when he works out, his par­tic­i­pa­tion in Danc­ing with the Stars and his work in Real Es­tate! Em­mitt shares it all with us as well as his hid­den tal­ents and what he's up to at the mo­ment.

ATH­LEISURE MAG: Tell us about your part­ner­ship with Hag­gar Cloth­ing Co and the search for Hag­gar Hall of Fame Dads.

EM­MITT SMITH: Hag­gar is spe­cial to me be­cause they made one of my very fa­vorite pieces of cloth­ing I’ve ever worn – my Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame Gold Jacket. When I got the call that not only were they launch­ing a Hall of Fame for Dads, but they wanted me to help get the word out, I thought it was a great idea. I’m in the Hall of Fame be­cause I had a dad who sac­ri­ficed for me, worked hard to take care of his fam­ily and sup­ported my dreams. There are dads and father fig­ures across Amer­ica who do that ev­ery day for their kids, step-kids, stu­dents and ex­tended fam­ily. They don’t get enough recog­ni­tion, and I think it’s won­der­ful that Hag­gar is celebrating th­ese guys and re­mind­ing us all how im­por­tant dads are to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. I hope ev­ery­body goes to Hag­garHOFDad.com to nom­i­nate a great dad in their life.

AM: With this ac­ti­va­tion fo­cus­ing on fa­thers, what is the spe­cial re­la­tion­ship that you have with your father?

ES: My father has al­ways been a strong pres­ence in my life. He’s the rea­son I pur­sued my dreams, made it to the Su­per Bowl and to the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame. When I was six, I told him I wanted to play for the Dal­las Cow­boys

some­day, and he said that would be a good goal. There was no ques­tion – no dis­cour­age­ment, no “that’s a re­ally hard thing to do.” That sim­ple state­ment sup­ported me so much, and it be­came my life goal. My dad sac­ri­ficed and worked hard for his fam­ily, he en­cour­aged my dreams and taught me how to make the dream a re­al­ity. He also taught me about what it re­ally means to be a father.

AM: As a Pro Foot­ball Hall of Famer, what spe­cial place does the Su­per Bowl hold for you?

ES: The Su­per Bowl holds so many of my great­est mem­o­ries. Earn­ing the chance to play in it with my team, the Dal­las Cow­boys. Win­ning it. Be­ing named MVP. Learn­ing that I would be in the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame – all things I as­so­ci­ate with the Su­per Bowl. But more than all of those, the Su­per Bowl is where I learned what a spe­cial man my father is. The day be­fore Su­per Bowl XLIV, my dad and I were spend­ing some time to­gether and he told me how proud of me he was, which was some­thing I’d al­ways known. Then he told me some­thing else I hadn’t – the story of how he’d dreamed of be­ing a pro foot­ball player him­self, and that he’d given up his chance to play col­lege ball on schol­ar­ship to take care of his fam­ily. That’s the day I learned I was liv­ing not only my dream, but his, and that I was ful­fill­ing God’s pur­pose for my life. That’s one of the many things I think of when I think of the Su­per Bowl.

AM: We have seen you as an an­a­lyst for the NFL, ESPN; how­ever, you have also been a host for Miss Uni­verse as well as ap­pear­ing twice on Danc­ing with the Stars - what other ven­tures or ac­tiv­i­ties have you been a part of since you stopped play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally?

ES: Fol­low­ing my NFL ca­reer I en­joyed ven­tur­ing into broad­cast­ing, then turned my at­ten­tion to my real pas­sion – busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, start­ing with con­struc­tion and real es­tate. I have since de­vel­oped a multi-tiered and multi-faceted en­ter­prise orig­i­nat­ing with my con­struc­tion com­pany, and has ex­panded to in­clude sub­se­quent en­ter­prises. We have been blessed to have no­table suc­cess and will continue to ex­pand into new ven­tures.

AM: What was it like when you first joined the cast of Danc­ing with the Stars and how did you feel that prepa­ra­tion you did for the weekly dance show?

ES: I was very ex­cited when I first joined Danc­ing with the Stars, un­til I saw some of the dancers I was go­ing against like Monique Cole­man, Joey Lawrence and Mario Lopez and how good they were. Then I got ner­vous, but I knew that my ded­i­ca­tion, hard work and com­mit­ment would pay off. I trained and I trained hard.

AM: How im­por­tant is fit­ness to you post pro­fes­sional foot­ball and can you tell us how you stay in shape, how long you spend work­ing out and what your go to fuel foods are?

ES: Fit­ness and tak­ing care of your health is the key to longevity. Good car­dio, pay­ing at­ten­tion to your body, phys­i­cals and eat­ing prop­erly are es­sen­tial. Cy­cling has be­come my new work­out and has now be­come an ex­ten­sion of my char­i­ta­ble ef­forts through the Em­mitt Smith Gran Fondo. Cy­cling is a chal­leng­ing work out, but rid­ing for miles and miles is a lot eas­ier on my body af­ter 20 plus years of foot­ball. Be­ing out in the fresh air, tak­ing in the beau­ti­ful scenery can’t be beat. My go-to is my fa­vorite – grits, eggs and ba­con. (Laughs) Can that count as fuel food?

AM: When you're not work­ing on a num­ber of projects, what would we find you do­ing on your time off?

ES: Time off? I’m a full-time father of

five very ac­tive kids and my wife’s big­gest cheer­leader. We have a full cal­en­dar of the kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from bas­ket­ball, foot­ball, soc­cer, creative en­deav­ors and the like. Ev­ery­thing is very fam­ily-cen­tric or fo­cused on char­i­ta­ble work and I love it. I do in­dulge in a round of golf dur­ing my down­time.

AM: We know that you were a phe­nom­e­nal foot­ball player, and you're a great dancer - what are other hid­den tal­ents that you have yet to re­veal or plan­ning on re­veal­ing?

ES: (Laugh­ing) I can sing. Just jok­ing. My hid­den tal­ents should prob­a­bly stay hid­den. They need to be de­vel­oped a bit more be­fore mak­ing them pub­lic.

AM: With the win­ter Olympics com­ing up, what are your fa­vorite sports that you en­joy cheer­ing?

ES: You know, I’m re­ally more of a Sum­mer Olympics guy be­cause of track & field, but I’m go­ing to be watch­ing the Win­ter Games. I’m in­ter­ested in the women’s and men’s bob­sled be­cause of their Texas con­nec­tions, speed skat­ing and the ski­ing events.

AM: What are you look­ing for­ward to in 2018 and what can we keep an eye out for that you are work­ing on or par­tic­i­pat­ing in?

ES: I have a lot of ex­cit­ing ven­tures on the hori­zon. I have a great team of ex­pe­ri­enced part­ners and am look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to grow our foot­print in Texas in com­mer­cial real es­tate, con­struc­tion and in­fra­struc­ture.

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