While attending the University of Dayton on a full academic scholarship, Candace Smith studied media and communications for a summer at the University of London. She returned from London and graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Communications. Upon graduating, she went on to attend law school at Northwestern University School of Law. Candace immersed herself in the experience at Northwestern University, volunteering for an outreach program in the juvenile detention center and traveling to Cuba as a group leader for a research project.

Meanwhile she continued to cultivate her passion by studying in the evening at Act One Studios in Chicago. Upon graduation, Candace returned to Ohio and was admitted to the Ohio Supreme Court. While practicing as an attorney, Candace won the title of Miss Ohio USA. After concluding her duties as Miss Ohio USA, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. In addition to acting, modeling, writing, and producing, this Dayton Original devotes her time to the Downtown Women’s Center.