Stayce Rene Smith was born in Tacoma, Washington and spent the first 2 years of her life living in several places, while her father was fighting for our country in the US Army, until he was stationed in Frankfort, Germany, when she was 3. Upon the divorce of her parents when she was age 6, she moved back to the United States with her mother and older brother, settling in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Stayce began her career in the entertainment industry at the age of 9, performing in several community and school concerts. At age of 11, she landed one of the lead roles in her school play, which is what started her passion for art. A year after graduating high school in 1987, she enrolled in East Central University, majoring in Theatre; her first production was appearing in "Anything Goes". After the birth of her son, Justin Lee, in 1989, she put her acting on hold to raise him until 2002, when she moved to Austin, Texas. Since arriving in Austin, she has been in several motion films, television series and independent films. Alongside films, she was cast in a Theatre production of "A Ride with Bob", which went on tour in 2005. Stayce also produced a short film, The Matter (2005), which was accepted at SXSW and Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival.