Vanessa Joy Smith is a first generation Kiwi American. Due to her parent's innate sense of adventure, she has been traveling the world since infancy. Every year she returns to New Zealand, where she currently holds citizenship, and to other remote locals, where she studies, films, and photographs the people and culture.
She first identified her passion of film and photography on a ten-day safari in Kenya, Africa when she was twelve years old. She parlayed this pastime into a college education at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and then into a career in Los Angeles, California.
Two years ago she embarked on a creative journey documenting the New Zealand Women's Professional Soccer team and their path to the World Cup. Combining her own personal understanding of Kiwi culture and also the culture of women's soccer this film captures what filmmaking is about, inspiration. Applying her feature film base documentary style filmmaking to the sport of soccer this film visually captures the epic nature of the game itself. These types of projects along with many more to come will bring forth this filmmakers ability to visually depict truth through the lens.
Since then Vanessa has travelled around the world twice working in television but also documenting her travels through her own lens.
It is her commitment to create visual artwork that translates globally to promote cultural awareness