Justin Robert Thomas Smith

Justin R. T. Smith is a mixed race millenial in his early 20s who fancies the written word. He spent most of his childhood in a small suburb near Seaside Heights, NJ — also notoriously known as "The Jersey Shore" — but always dreamed of making his way to a bigger pond, to a place where opportunity knocked a little more often. He attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and after spending three poor years in NYC and one rich year in Berlin, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in German. An aspiring novelist and amateur social activist, he begins his writing career as a regular contributor to Bustle with the hope that he will be able to say what needs to be said, that people will take the time to listen, and that his voice will inspire other voices to speak out in turn.