"We started the Tahoe Jugglers," he said, then laughed. "For a while there, we had the juggling monopoly in Tahoe."
He kept up the juggling college, but after graduating in 2007, he focused more on work in film and television production.
A little more than a year ago, he decided he needed a change. He quit his production job and agreed to follow a childhood friend back home his home in Nepal to hike and explore.
"I spent a month backpacking," Smith said. "That was a pretty unique adventure. He was from a village of about 50 people 10,000 feet up in the Himalayas. I spent a month without Internet or phone service. We hiked to the base camp of Mount Everest."
When he returned home, Smith said he felt changed. He wanted to get back into performing, so he signed with a new agent. A month later, he saw a notice for open auditions for Blue Man Group.
He didn't really see himself as being part of the Blue Man Group but thought it might be a good workshop experience.
He said, "Truthfully, I thought the joke would be on them. I'd never seen the show, but I thought it was all drumming, and I'd never even hit a drum before."
The producers, however, saw that he might be a good fit. After he got the job, they put him through an intensive drum training program and a kind of Blue Man boot camp in New York.
"Everybody trains in New York," he said.
For his first year with Blue Man, Smith spent time in New York, Chicago and Orlando, where he worked on resident shows at the Astor Place Theater, the Briar Street Theater and the Sharp Aquos Theater at Universal Orlando Resort.
There are also Blue Man Group shows in Las Vegas, Boston, Germany and on a Norwegian Cruise Line, which, with the U.S. and European tours, means there are a lot of Blue Men (both past and present).
"It's funny, we were talking about having a convention last night," Smith said. "It would be nice to put a name with the blue face."
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