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Candace Smith talks Millionaire Matchmaker and Beauty

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What do you get when you combine intelligence, beauty, and talent? Candace Smith. She is not only a former beauty queen who won the title of Miss Ohio in 2003, she is an attorney, a model, a reality star, and an actress. In fact, she has dipped into both the dramatic and comedic side of cinema. Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with Candace herself. Here is what she had to tell me…

 

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PREMIERE UNVIEWING PARTY

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The premiere episode of the 8th season of Bravo’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker”, which also happened to be my debut as a new matchmaker, was the most watched in the history of the show with 1.5 million viewers! What an amazing start to this season! Ironically, thirty of my closest friends were not one of those 1.5 million viewers because they attended my “Premiere Unviewing Party”. Confusing right? I’m still confused myself to be quite honest.

The lead up to the premiere was actually a very hectic period for me. Within a week, I had flown to Honolulu to judge the Miss Hawaii USA 2015 pageant for the weekend and then flew to Dayton, Ohio to be with my family for Thanksgiving. Upon returning to Los Angeles, I only had a couple days to prepare for the viewing party. Funny enough, I felt pressure because of the immense amount of support I received from my friends. Susie Castillo, an amazing human being, Miss USA 2003 and friend, had reserved the private viewing room for me. Carrie Mantha, one of my closest friends and a Miss USA sister, took time out of her busy schedule to fly to LA just to attend the viewing party! Many of my friends reached out to express their excitement and offer assistance. I felt overwhelmed by it all and desperately wanted the viewing party to be somewhat cool. I worked on arrangements with the private viewing room, the guest list, wine, snacks, etc. I wanted to cross every “T” and dot every “I” in my true overachiever fashion.

 

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GUTS, GLORY & GRATITUDE

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When I was informed that out of several impressive candidates, Patti Stanger had chosen me as her new Director of Recruiting for The Millionaire’s Club I was truly overwhelmed with excitement and emotion. Without a doubt, I was honored but most importantly I felt the need to step up to the task. I was well aware that many had attempted to live up to her expectations and many had failed. I told myself repeatedly that all of my life experiences had adequately prepared for me for this challenge and I would not let Patti or myself down. I did not realize at the time how this arduous journey would have an impact on the woman and matchmaker I am today.

Growing up in Dayton, Ohio was not always easy but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I was raised by a strong, Southern family who instilled in me a sense of dignity, self-love, work ethic and most importantly the belief that I could achieve anything in the world if I put my mind to it. I would make them proud by receiving a full academic scholarship to the University of Dayton. While studying there, I interned for the City of Dayton, completed a Media and Communications program at the University of London and graduated early with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Communications.

 

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Appearances

Candace judges Miss Hawaii
USA 2015 and Miss
Hawaii Teen USA 2015

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Telecast Information

Miss Hawaii USA

KHON2: DEC. 6 • 8:00-9:00 PM
the CW: Dec. 7 • 8:00-9:00 PM

Miss Hawaii Teen USA

KHON2: DEC. 13 • 8:00-9:00 PM
the CW: Dec. 14 • 8:00-9:00 PM

THE NEWEST MATCHMAKER

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The newest Matchmaker on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. Candace Smith has been an attorney and a “connector” in business and love for over a decade. While practicing full time as an attorney Candace won the prestigious title of Miss Ohio USA in 2003. Upon completion of her duties as Miss Ohio USA 2003, she accepted the position of project manager for the W.I.N. Project, an events, marketing and consulting company. As project manager Candace had the opportunity to manage several global ventures, including the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival. While in this position, she established herself as a no-nonsense “connector” for impressive clientele worldwide seeking both professional and personal guidance.

Candace began consulting for clients in the areas of business and lifestyle but naturally her single clients began turning to her for direction with their love lives. Matchmaking, relationship counseling and coaching came easily to Candace as a result of her Psychology degree, acute intuition, candor, extensive networks, and varied life experience. She has found the matchmaking vocation to be beyond rewarding; her first successful love connection recently celebrated a 10 year anniversary and two children. Since then, Candace has connected singles from all over the world and helped them find their perfect partner in both the boardroom and the bedroom.

 

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