A postcard profile on voiceover actor Allison Smith

Caroline Russell-King’s postcard profile with professional telephone voice/international voiceover actor Allison Smith (with a nod to Bernard Pivot and James Lipton).

What is the next project for you? 

I just landed a huge client: Samsung (smile) heard of them?

How do you contribute to this piece? 

I will be the voice of IVR (Interactive Voice Response).

What is your greatest creative challenge?

Balancing the role of voice talent with business owner – wearing multiple hats.

What turns you on creatively? 

Being given the licence to experiment and give the client something different than “Press 1 for…”

What turns you off creatively? 

Micromanagement by clients.

What’s one thing you’re really good at? 

I’m tenacious and focused.

If you could resurrect and share a drink with a dead person who would it be?

Freddie Mercury.

What is one thing you wish you’d known sooner? 

Get paid up front.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Orthopaedic surgeon.

 What would you do with extreme wealth? 

 Retire on Turks and Caicos and rescue dogs.

What is one piece of advice you would give to the person who wants to do what you do? 

(Grins) Get paid up front.

(Photo of Allison Smith, courtesy Caroline Russell-King)

Caroline Russell-King is a playwright, dramaturg, and instructor. She is a member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Dramatist Guild of America and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. You can find her work here