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After reading about the various icons that made a transition in their career and their lives I was trying to think of someone who wasn’t mentioned. Will Smith came to my mind.  He started his career as the Goofy Young boy on an extremely funny sitcom. He was known for his loud clothes and funny on screen comments.  When I think of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I think of the Neon green T-Shirts with zig zags and mis matched shorts. He was definitely a funny character and he played his part so well. Sometimes actors will get stuck with a “part” after trying to break into other areas. Mark Paul Gosselar for example I will always think of him as Zach Morris from Saved by the Bell no matter what type of role he is playing. I think Will Smith made a successful transition from his role on The Fresh Prince and is culturally accepted as an actor who can play serious roles as well as humorous ones.

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  1. I agree that he has made a successful transition to an adult actor, but his brand is very different now. He does many more serious roles than comedy, and his past seems to just remind people of how much they loved to watch him as a kid. It’s interesting to think about how two completely different images of Will Smith were both so well recieved, and how he was able to move from a light, silly show to much deeper roles.

  2. This is a perfect example of a brand that has changed as this person went from Will Smith to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. His acting career seems to be more serious than his singing career, but I think they have both played off of each other. People liked Will Smith and also the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but I have to admit I find the brand change in this situation very inspirational and I feel that many could agree that either Will Smith or the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was a positive part of their lives. Personally, I love watching the show!

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